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Ascension Lutheran Church
1225 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28204


Church Staff

nullRev. Steven Newberg


Rev. Steven E. Newberg was called October 16, 2016 by a unanimous vote to serve as pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church. Pastor Newberg was baptized and attended school at Immanuel Lutheran, the downtown grandmother parish of Grand Rapids, MI. He graduated from Hillsdale College, having studied History, and then from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Ascension called him from Lutheran Church of the Lakes at Addison, MI, where he had served as pastor since June 28, 2009. He and his wife Tessa have been married since 2009 and have four children, August, Dietrich, Frederick and Magdalena.

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nullMark W. Johanson

Minister of Music

Mark W. Johanson has served as Minister of Music at Ascension Lutheran Church, Charlotte since 2011. In this capacity he leads choral and instrumental activities within the church. Mr. Johanson’s exemplary keyboard skills are evident in his weekly leadership of hymns and liturgy from organ and piano in worship; outside of Sunday services, he is frequently engaged in collaborative piano and choral accompanying around the Charlotte region.

A lifelong Lutheran musician, Mr. Johanson earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Valparaiso University (Indiana), where he studied with Joseph Bognar, Ralph Klapis, and Lorraine Brugh. Being exposed to several forms and shades of Lutheranism at Valpo as well as throughout his life, Mark aims to utilize music to seek unity across borders that have separated the faithful.

Mr. Johanson holds membership in the American Choral Director’s Association, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and presently serves on the board of the Charlotte chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, and is an Eagle Scout. He and his wife Elizabeth Marquardt live in Charlotte.

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nullPatricia Arevalo

Facilities Coordinator
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Patia Bowman

Administrative Assistant
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nullMelanie Broome

Office Manager
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How to Find Us



Our parking lot is accessible from Harding Pl.

Street parking is permitted:

  • along the eastbound side of Harding Pl.
  • on E. Morehead St. on Sunday mornings only.

When parking on city streets, please remember to obey all city parking regulation signs. 

Public Transit:

CATS Transit Buses 6 (Kings Dr.) and 25 (Clanton/Midtown), use the Morehead @ Kenilworth Bus Stop.

Church Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 4 PM
Fridays, by appointment only
Closed major holidays