Our Staff



Pastor Adam Thompson was installed as the Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church on December 6, 2020. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he served a call in Fairlawn, OH as an Associate Pastor specializing in Family and Youth Ministry. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO in 2016. When he isn’t at church or visiting with the people of Ascension, you can find him walking his dog Tucker, hiking, or playing tennis. He feels blessed and excited to serve as your Pastor!

You can get to know Pastor Thompson personally and pastorally via his video messages here and here. If you have a confidential pastoral request you can contact Pastor Thompson here.

Administrative Assistant


Music Director


Vanessa has been a musician most of her life, following in the footsteps of her mom, who was a church organist and swing band pianist. She was born in Johnstown, PA, and spent much of her life moving to several towns in Virginia and Maryland, playing flute, clarinet, and saxophone in marching and jazz bands. She enjoyed it so much that she became a Band Director, studying music at Frostburg State University in Maryland, where she pursued both instrumental as well as vocal opportunities. During her years in Pittsburgh, she has been a teacher, performer, and church music director. Vanessa’s hobbies include sewing and making jewelry as well as camping and being outdoors. She feels blessed to help lead the amazing team of musicians at Ascension and work with children and adults to bring glory to God through a wide variety of sacred music.