How it all began...
In September of 2010, Ascend Church held our official launch service, initially named: Harvest Bible Chapel. It was the culmination of many months – even years – of events that, though we knew little of it then, were part of Gods sovereign design.
Our pastor, Jeff Terrell, had completed his seminary training at The Master’s Seminary as well as the training program for church planting in Chicago at Harvest Bible Fellowship. Jeff and his wife, Sally, grew up in the Kansas City suburbs and longed to bring a Christ-centered, expository preaching, discipleship focused church back to their hometown. At the same time, a church in Olathe, Berean Bible Church, was facing a number of challenges and had even considered closing the doors. However, Berean was the home of a Christian school that was stable, and the remnant of believers decided to prayerfully and patiently wait.
While visiting the school as a potential option for his daughters’ education, Pastor Terrell engaged in a conversation with one of Berean’s elders concerning how the church may revitalize their ministry. In his mentioning Harvest, Jeff would tell you that he had not even thought, at that point, of what the Lord had in mind. However, through a series of providential events, the Berean elders voted unanimously to step down and to turn over the entire ministry of Berean Bible Church to the group preparing to plant a church. This included the four-year-old debt-free facility. Through prayers, the remnant of the Berean faithful and the core team of the infant church plant partnered together to prayerfully trust the Lord in restoring the church to a position of influence in the community.
Truly, the Lord builds His church in unexpected ways!
Check out a couple videos that was made a while back to hear some of the amazing things God has done along the way at Ascend.
A New Beginning
The story you’ve read and the video you’ve watched up until this point was just the beginning of what we believe God is doing in our church!
In February of 2017 after much prayer and seeking counsel, the elders of Ascend decided to sell our building to a local church desiring to use our site as an Olathe campus. In the years since, we have worshiped and grown disciples in a portable context – worshiping at four different school locations and housing staff and ministry functions in a shopping area in Olathe.
Not surprising, our God of Providence once again moved as we searched for a new church home. After several land and building tours, two near contracts, and nothing but closed doors for nearly two years, an unlisted land opportunity was discovered. After closing on the property, a neighbor to the property called Pastor Terrell and let him know that the previous owner of the property had shared with her his prayer that someday a church would purchase his property! Glory to God!