Darrell and Julie Simbeck

Senior Pastors

Darrell and Julie Simbeck are the Senior Pastors and Co-Founders of Ascension Life Church. They have been in full time ministry over twenty years and have been pastoring Ascension Life since November of 2001. Their ministry together is an example of a husband and wife team working together in harmony to accomplish God’s Kingdom purposes. Their ministry is characterized by an overflow of God’s love, mercy, and grace, along with relevant Bible-based teaching and godly leadership. Pastor Darrell and Julie’s ministry calling is to establish regional worship, teaching, and training centers that are committed to proclaiming the good news of God’s love, mercy, and grace and revealing the New Covenant Heart of the Father. Darrell and Julie have been married 24 years and have three children, Nathan, Rachel, and Aaryn, and daughter-in-law, Molly. Pastor Darrell has a BS in Organizational Management from Covenant College, and is currently working towards his Th.M/Ph.D, with emphasis in Biblical Studies at Regent University.

Brian Miller

Young Adult Pastor

Brian Miller is the Young Adults/Associate Pastor at Ascension Life Church. As a 2005 graduate of Central High School in McMinn County, Brian went on to study Pastoral Ministry at Lee University. Graduating in 2010 from Lee University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry/Christian Ministries, Brian went into the education system in Chattanooga, teaching high school/middle school for 5 years. In the summer of 2015, Brian felt the call to return to full-time ministry in Athens, TN, at Ascension Life Church. Brian's goal in life is to reveal to people the love of Jesus Christ and to change the way people see church and God. He is excited about what the future holds at Ascension Life Church.

Joel Webb

Youth Pastor

Joel Webb is the Youth Pastor and Sound Supervisor at Ascension Life Church. Joel is a 2014 Graduate of Temple University (TN) with a BA in Biblical Studies and a minor in Youth Ministry. He has served various churches as a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, and Media/Sound Director; but his heart and passion is in student/youth ministry. He is excited to see what God is going to do in and through the students/youth at Ascension Life Church. Joel has been married to his wonderful wife Lisa since 1995 and they have two children, Christen and Michael.

Carlos And Susan Bolanos

Outreach & Missions

Carlos and Susan Bolanos are the ALC Directors of Outreach & Missions. They have been involved in ministry for over 15 years. Prior to Ascension Life, Carlos served 11 years in missions to Panama, and Susan served in Thailand, China, Peru, Haiti, Ecuador, and Panama. Carlos and Susan are committed to helping others encounter Jesus and experiencing Heaven on earth! They have three children, Andrew, Benjamin, and Joseph.

John Gordon

Worship And Arts

John Gordon is the music and arts pastor/director at Ascension Life Church. Raised in a musical family, he spent most of his life playing music with one intent, to glorify the name of Christ. Along with singing and songwriting, John also enjoys helping the musicians and singers at the church grow in their talent and relationship with God. He has worked in live as well as studio production and plays a number of different instruments. John’s mission at ALC is to facilitate an atmosphere of worship and praise for God to inhabit and to see real change through the music created.