When those outside our church family find themselves in crisis, Ascension provides multiple opportunities for you to help or for you to receive help.  Through our long-term commitment to support the compassionate work of FISH Hospitality Pantries, Family Promise, Community Chest, and many others, our service and outreach ministries provide shelter, meals, and support to the homeless, collect toys, clothing and life essentials for struggling families, and share friendship and compassion for those looking for a more positive path in their life.  If you would like to volunteer or donate to one of these ministries, please contact the communications office to find out more information on how to make a difference in our community here in Knoxville, TN, and in the world.

Community Outreach Ministries

Community Chest
Community Chest aims to support the Community Chest Store by facilitating the donation and delivery of toys, clothing, and household items, as well assist in coordinating off-site collection of items.  Community Chest also gathers on the first Saturday of the month in the church parking lot beginning at 10:00 am to collect donations.  For more information, contact Jim Wright.

Family Promise
Family Promise of Knoxville unites with the interfaith community to provide non-emergency housing to families with children who have lost their homes.  The mission of Family Promise is “To help homeless and low income families achieve sustainable independence” and our vision is a community in which every family has a home, a livelihood and a chance to build a better future together.  For more information, email

FISH Hospitality Pantries
FISH Hospitality Pantries, directed by Jim Wright, is a non-profit volunteer based organization that feeds over 8,000 families in the Knox County area.  Volunteers are always needed for bagging and delivery.  If you would like to volunteer for FISH Hospitality Pantries, or find out more information, contact Jim Wright,

Mentors/Friends to Homeless Men
Friends to Homeless Men provides mentoring and friendship to previously homeless men who have been recently placed into permanent housing.  For more information about this ministry, email

International Outreach

In addition, Ascension’s service ministries reach well beyond our borders.  International service ministries in Bolivia have built new places of worship and provided much needed medical supplies.  To view the SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders) page for our missionary in Bolivia, click here.  There is also additional information about our work in Bolivia on the communications counter.  For more information about the Bolivia mission trips, or to find out more about volunteering or giving to Bolivia, email The Rev. Brett P. Backus,