And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ep 4:11-16)
Nate has served as the pastor of Ascension since 2010. Having been born in the Northwest, raised in the Northeast, married in the Southeast, and spent many years growing his family in the Southwest, Nate is so thankful to have come “full circle” to settle down in beautiful Washington. Nate has been married to his wife Anna for 22 years and the Lord has blessed them with five children. He is a graduate of Covenant College and Westminster Seminary California. Some of the things he loves are; preaching the gospel of the grace of God, running, golf, and the sight of soaring bald eagles.
Ed has served Ascension as Assistant Pastor since its beginning in 2007. A 1969 graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, he has served churches in both the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Ed lives in Bothell with his wife, Kathy. Together they have 2 children and six grandchildren. Ed’s interests include hiking, gardening and talking with folks about how Christianity works in the struggles of life.
Phil was ordained to the office as elder at University Presbyterian (PCUSA) in Seattle in 2005. I served that church for a period of 2 years. I became dissatisfied with the teaching and left that congregation in 2008 to move to PCA. I joined the Crosspoint Edmonds congregation in 2008 and was ordained as an elder when it became Ascension Presbyterian being established as a particular church in June 2014. I have served as Clerk of Session since that time. I have reticently married to my dear Sherrill and we love worshiping at Ascension.
Theo Vander Wel
Theo has served as an elder at Ascension Presbyterian since April 2014. He was previously an elder, deacon and boys group counselor in the Christian Reformed Church. Theo and his wife, Linda, live in Woodinville with their teenage daughter. They also have a daughter in college and a son in graduate school. Theo is originally from Wisconsin and Linda is originally from South Dakota. They married upon graduation from Dordt College. Theo is steeped in the Reformed tradition and believes wholeheartedly that we are called to transform the world in all vocations and walks of life. In addition to serving as an elder, Theo’s calling include the practice of law. Theo enjoys hiking, biking and running.
Bob was ordained to the office of Ruling Elder for Crosspoint Church in 2007. He was one of the elders on the team when Ascension was first planted. He and his wife Diane live in Lynnwood, were married in 1984 and have 3 married children all living in the Puget Sound region. Vocationally, he ministers as a business consultant/coach for several area companies. Bob enjoys traveling with his wife, walking his dog and playing French horn.
Ruling Elder (Treasurer)
Brett has served as an elder at Ascension since October 2016. Prior to joining Ascension Brett served as a ruling elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Brett and his wife Elizabeth live in Lake Forest Park with their two teenage sons and their two bulldogs (one French and one English). The Chases are originally from Wisconsin and have spent the past twelve years living in Arizona, California, and of late Washington. Though not a Jus Divinum Presbyterian, Brett does value the pastoral care that results from faithful Presbyterian polity, and he is zealous for the spirituality of the Church – a biblical truth and Presbyterian distinctive that equips Christians to glorify the Father by advancing Christ’s kingdom in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pastoral Administrative Assistant