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Christ's Hope

Mission Statement

We believe God wants our congregation to exist in Indian Harbour Beach at this time in order to:

INVITE people to know Christ.  As Christ's disciples, we reach out to our neighbors to invite them to share in our community of faith.

GROW a community of faith.  We provide new opportunities, both within and outside our congregation, to learn more about Christ and deepen our relationship with him.

SERVE others.  We identify our neighbors' needs so that we can support, and as individuals and as a congregation, work together to make a difference.

Our Beliefs

The Ascension congregation confesses the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This congregation confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

The proclamation of God's message to us as both law and gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering all its fullness in the work of Jesus Christ.

Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

"A Lutheran is a person who believes, teaches and confesses the truths of God's Word as they are summarized and confessed in the Book of Concord."

Our Members

Baptized members are those persons who have been received by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism in this congregation, or, having been previously baptized in the name of the Triune God, have been received by certificate of transfer from other Lutheran congregations or by affirmation of faith.

Confirmed members are baptized persons who have been confirmed in this congregation, those who have been received by adult baptism or by transfer as confirmed members from other Lutheran congregations, or baptized persons received by affirmation of faith.

Voting members are confirmed members of this congregation. Such confirmed members, during the current or preceding calendar year, shall have communed in this congregation and shall have made a contribution of record to this congregation. Members of this congregation who have satisfied these basic standards shall have the privilege of voice and vote at every regular and special meeting of the congregation.

Associate members are person holding membership in other Christian congregations who wish to retain such membership but desire to participate in the life and mission of this congregation,  or persons who wish to retain a relationship with this congregation while being members of other congregations. They have all the privileges and duties of membership except voting rights and eligibility for elected offices or membership on the Congregation Council of this congregation.


Our Pastor & Staff

Pastor Phil Whitener

Rev. Dr. Phil WhitenerReverend Doctor Phil Whitener, a native of North Carolina, is the pastor at Ascension. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, a Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis Tennessee. Pastor Phil has served congregations in South Carolina and Florida over the past 30 years. He and his wife, Mary, have a son and a daughter, and a granddaughter.

 

Music Director

Jim RindelaubJim Rindelaub, a native of Minnesota, is the music director at Ascension. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, a Master of Music Degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, and is a deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Jim has served congregations in Minnesota, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and Florida over the past 30 years. He also serves as the executive director of Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Jim and his wife, Stephanie, have three grown sons living in New York, California, and Florida.

Director of Youth Ministry

Open For position description and application Click here

 

 

Secretary

Siggi McGlothlinSiggi McGlotlhin joined our church on 3/12/2000. She is from Helmbrechts, Germany where she was a tax accountant. Both Church Secretary and Council Member at Large, she loves helping out any and every ministry in the church where she sees a need. She and her husband, Ken, have two daughters and two grandsons.

 

 

Sexton

Donna NoeskeDonna Noeske is from Escanaba, Michigan. A former stenographer, she has served as our Church Sexton for many years. Her dedication keeps the sanctuary and classrooms in tip top shape. She is responsible for the many positive first impressions visitors have of our church. Donna also enjoys Shepherd's Center classes. She is the mother of four daughters and four sons. She has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

  

Nursery

Skylar MartinelliSkylar Martinelli has attended our church for many years and became a member upon her confirmation. She took over responsibility as Nursery Attendant in 2017. Skylar has passed all training and background checks as required by Florida statutes.

 

 

 


 

Our Church Council

Pastor Phil Whitener

Rev. Dr. Phil WhitenerReverend Doctor Phil Whitener, a native of North Carolina, is the pastor at Ascension. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, a Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis Tennessee. Pastor Phil has served congregations in South Carolina and Florida over the past 30 years. He and his wife, Mary, have a son and a daughter, and a granddaughter.

 

 

President

Ken CurrieKen Currie joined our church on 3/10/2010. He is originally from Essex, Iowa. After he and his wife, Dawn, both retired from the Air Force, they moved to Florida. Ken served in many roles before becoming Council President in June, 2015. He enjoys serving as an Assistant Minister and teaching adult Bible study. He has a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. 

 

 

Vice President

Chuck DeanChuck Dean - Chuck Dean joined Ascension on September 11, 2016. He is originally from Uniontown, PA. After retiring from Anesthesia and Pam retiring as a Registered Nurse, they moved to Florida. Chuck is organizing a men’s fellowship group and also serves as an Usher.

 

 

Treasurer

Mary McCartyMary McCarty a former associate member, became a full member of our church on 2/16/2011. She comes to us from Liberty, NY. She is a retired Professor of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. In addition to serving on the Church Council as our Treasurer, she enjoys singing in our choir, serving as Assistant Minster, 4th Wednesday Luncheons, and attending Adult Sunday School. She also will host an AARP TaxAide site at Ascension in February 2017.

 

Secretary

Sid WiseSid Wise joined our church in 1993. He was born in Painesville, Ohio and moved numerous times growing up as his father was in the Air Force. Sid served in the Air Force for 26 years and also worked in financial services (6 years), served as a juvenile probation officer (4 years), and is Co-Owner (with sons) of Wise Traffic School. Sid also serves as Stewardship Chairman and Head Usher. He and his wife, Sandra, have two sons, and three grandchildren. 


 

 

Member at Large

Sue SorensonSue Sorensen joined our church on 3/24/2002. She is originally from Urbandale, Iowa. A former teacher, Sue now works as a realtor in Brevard County. She enjoys serving as the Worship Team leader and singing in the choir. She has a son, two daughters, 12 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. 

 

 

 

Member at Large

Merle StewardMerle Steward was raised on a farm near St. Ansgar, Iowa. After graduation he joined the Army and was a medic. From there Merle moved to Rochester Minnesota and became a firefighter for the city. He retired from the fire department in 1997 and took up wood working and have made a bedroom set, kitchen cabinets and other furniture for our house in Indialantic. He and his wife, Pamela, moved to  Florida in 1999. They joined the church June 22, 2008.

  

 

Member at Large

Steve WagnerSteve Wagner joined our church on 6/6/2004. He is a Nuclear Medicine technologist who was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a Council Member at Large, he serves as an usher and Assistant Minister. He and his wife, Diane, have two sons and one daughter. 

 

 

 

Member at Large

Bev GallowayBev Galloway joined our church on 4/13/2003. She is originally from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Bev is a Billing and Claims Manager and former Branch Manager of a local financial institution. In addition to the council, she serves in the Altar Guild, W/ELCA, Chime Choir, Crucifer, and Usher. 

 

 

Member at Large

 

Beverly SemovoskiBeverly Semovoski - joined our church on 10/18/2015. She is an Air Force Brat and an Air Force veteran. Beverly is married to David and they have two boys; Joshua and Matthew and a granddaughter, Samantha. After 25 years in the Washington DC area, Dave and Bev moved to Florida. Beverly provides launch support at Cape Canaveral. She has served as Sunday School Teacher, Confirmation Teacher, Council member, Chaired the Education Committee, and the Altar Guild.

 

 


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Ministry Team Leaders

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Outreach Team

Jeanette Bradley 

Jeanette Bradley & Anthony Rodriguez - Manages list of greeters, community outreach, inactive members, publicity, Shepherd Center, Sharing Center, Prayer Chain 

 

 

 

Fellowship Team

 Organize fellowship functions, coffee hours, church suppers, and hospitality events 

  

Worship and Music Team

Sue SorensonSue Sorensen - Coordinator for choirs, ushers, acolytes, altar guild

 

 

 

Servant Ministry Team

   

Siggi McGlothlin and Linda Savold - Works with the Daily Bread, food and clothing drives, fund raisers for church ministries 

Communications Team

Lisa RouedeLisa Rouede - Provides advertising and publicity campaign

 

 

 

Stewardship Team

Sid WiseSid Wise - Provides time, talent and treasure solicitations; oversight of endowment and memorial funds

 

 

 

Property Team

Merle and Pamela StewardMerle Steward - Manages building and equipment maintenance, and grounds upkeep

 

 

 

Finance Team

Wayne SavoldWayne Savold - Provides financial oversight, budgeting, audit recommendations 

 

 

 

Bookkeeper Team

Gordon WaiteGordan Waite - Oversees counters and recording of offerings and gifts.