ABOUT US

Who we are

It’s hard to describe what walking into Ascension for the first time is like.  Many people are surprised at how informal and fun it is, others are struck by the church building and the space to meditate and think.  More than anything else however, people describe Ascension Church as being like a family.  From young professionals to retirees, new parents to established families, students to teachers and lecturers, you’ll meet all sorts of different people here.  Come and see for yourself, check out our service times.

Who’s Who

Marcus Gibbs

Marcus Gibbs

Vicar

Dorothy Penniecooke

Dorothy Penniecooke

Minister

Tom Collins

Tom Collins

Curate

Luke Steven

Luke Steven

Curate

Dan Francis

Dan Francis

Operations Manager

Philip Bull

Philip Bull

Ministry Assistant

Laura Thornborough

Laura Thornborough

Parish Coffee Manager

Mark Cyzher

Mark Cyzher

Site Manager

Isaac Wheeler

Isaac Wheeler

Children & Families Pastor

Email Isaac: isaac.wheeler@ascensionbalham.org

Stephen Manning

Stephen Manning

Church Warden

David Archer

David Archer

Church Warden

History

Ascension Church (or ‘ The Church of Ascension’ as it was known at the time) was built by Arthur Cawston between 1883 and 1890, in response to the rapid population growth in the area south of Clapham. The church has been through many changes during the intervening years.

Ascension Balham in its more recent form is the product of a 1993 church graft, when around fifty members of a church called St. Mark’s Battersea Rise came to join a similar number of people who then made up the congregation at Ascension Balham.

In September 2013, the church welcomed its current vicar, Rev’d Marcus Gibbs.