Church : Staff

Rev. James D. Gier – M. Div., S.T.M.

Rev. James D. Gier – M. Div., S.T.M.

Senior Pastor

Rev. Gier was installed as Sr. Pastor of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in May of 2019. He previously served sixteen years as Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Excelsior Springs, MO.

Pastor Gier is a 1981 graduate of Pasco High School, Pasco, WA. In 1986 he graduated from the College of Art and Architecture at the University of Idaho, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He has practiced as a licensed architect in both Connecticut and Washington State, and held membership in the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

In 1998 he began his theological studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, graduating in 2002 with a Master of Divinity Degree. He was honored to serve as both Student Association Vice-President, President, and 2002 Class President. He continued his studies another year serving as Graduate Assistant to the Department of Pastoral Ministry and Missions. In 2016 he received his Master of Sacred Theology (STM) Degree (CTSFW). He is currently enrolled in the PhD Missiology program at CTSFW.


Pastor Gier is married to Anne (nee Gerdts) and they have three children, Noah, Isabella, and Jonah. He continues to enjoy using his architectural skills for multiple design/build projects around the home, including a special interest in small house design and living, when not out hiking, biking, fishing and vacationing with family.

Colleen Daily

Colleen Daily

Office Administrator

Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
What I love about Ascension: I love the people of Ascension, we are a family. I really enjoy and learn so much from the Bible Class on Sunday mornings. And I love interacting with the students during the school day. Ascension is a joyful place where Christ is the center.
Free time activities: I enjoy reading, cross stitch and traveling. But most of all I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

David Mussmann

Music Director