Ascension is part of a larger church family known as the Evangelical Lutheran church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is named for Martin Luther, who was a religious reformer in the 1500s. One of the central teachings of the Lutheran church is that God's love for us cannot be earned but is given to us freely because of our faith relationship with Jesus Christ. At Ascension, we attempt to shape all we do by our faith and trust in God's gracious love. 

Who We Are

We joyfully celebrate over 75 years of worship, community & service


Founded in 1936, Ascension Lutheran Church is located in the historic, residential community of Riverside, Illinois. We are located across from busy Ames School, which is a good metaphor for our Church. We are a community of people who are united in our belief in Jesus Christ, and in our commitment to reach out in love to the people in our church, our neighborhoods, our larger community and the world beyond.