History of the Ascension
The Ascension Baptist Church was organized
in October of 1990, under the leadership of the Rev. Willie
S. Williams, Jr. He and his wife Shirley, along with three other
members made a tremendous faith step, and started what has proven
to be a truly Christ-centered and ministry-driven Church in
the Raleigh area of Memphis. Being well aware of the array of
problems that people are facing today, Ascension is dedicated
to the holistic approach to ministry.
The Ascension congregation
met for six years in facilities at the Best Western-Raleigh
(later known as the Comfort Inn Motel). During this time, in
response to God’s leading, Pastor Williams pursued the vision
to purchase land for the construction of their own worship facilities.
Eventually, land was purchased at New Allen Rd. and Emmons Dr.,
and in February 1998, the congregation held its first service
in its new building. In 2003, these facilities were expanded
to accommodate the continued congregational growth, and the
increase in ministries operating at the church.
motto of the Ascension Church is “A Church On The Way Up.” Our
teachings at Ascension do not ignore present realities; that
people need to know how to live in this world. Therefore, we
endeavor to teach life principles that will enable people to
live successful and satisfying lives in this world. But also
know that this world is not our home. So, the greater stress
of our teaching is to prepare people for the future-the Second
Coming of Jesus Christ. To borrow from the words of a popular
Christian song, “We’re living this life just to live again.”
Also, the Apostle Paul recorded these words in 1 Thessalonians
4:16-17, “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with
a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with
the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died
will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who
are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with
the Lord forever.”
enlighten and empower a community for Christ.
Our goal is to share the message of Christ
practically and effectively; and to exemplify the life of Christ
so profoundly that others will be transformed, and become transformers.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but
let God transform you into a new person by changing the way
you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which
is good and pleasing and perfect” Romans 12:2.