I am writing this letter for a testament about Pastor Spence and Ascension Fellowship Church.  I came to the church through my good friend, Myron Smith, who is a great inspiration for me as a man of God.  I am so grateful to have a pastor who is so caring and always giving me a message I can use to better my life each week.  At the time I met him, Pastor Spence asked me a question; "What church do you attend?"  I could not answer the question.  I had not attended church in six months.  He also asked me why I stopped going?  I could not answer the question.  It made me think, and I began to go to church again.


Since I have been attending the Ascension, I can see my life improving.  I have had the opportunity to meet some real nice and genuine members, who embraced me and made me feel comfortable.  It is not easy finding such an environment in a church.  I think that is why I stopped attending.  Also, my daughter visited from South Bend, IN and really enjoyed herself, along with her children and husband.  Now when she comes to town, she always attends Ascension Fellowship with me.  I especially like the fellowship the occurs after church with refreshments.  This is a time I am getting to know the members on a personal level with hugs and conversation.  With an atmosphere like this, I can get involved.  I did have the opportunity to work with the Women's group, and volunteered to help with the Annual Luncheon.  It was a great experience, and I plan to be involved in future events.

Vida Harley-Bridges,

I am a member of Ascension Fellowship.  When I first became a member, I was a broken person.  I was homeless, my unemployment had run out and my car was falling apart.  Pastor Spence and Sister Spence always had faith in me when I didn't have it in myself.  Now, three years later, I have a job, a car, and I am paying off outstanding bills.  Soon I will be completing a certificate in H/R and dissertation for my doctorate.  Also, I am applying for a manager's position at work, and with God's blessing, this will happen too.  This is all due to God, Jesus, my family, and the Spences.  I am a living testament what God can do in your life.

Victoria L. Toliver,

It is with amazement that I am able to type this, so bear with me!  Honestly, I am 38 years old and "my dad" did not become "my pastor" until May of this year.  Although I was born and raised in the church, I personally struggled with organized religion as I'm sure many others do.  However, in May, I was able to see the strength of my father and pastor under scrutiny, but as a result he stayed true to his convictions.  He was transparent, but never spoke a negative word.  I saw him remain steadfast to his ministry of serving people and did it unapologetically!  I saw my mother feel his deep pain and anchor him in a way that can only come from God.  The Spences serve and minster to all people regardless of personal variables, including but not limited to, if they could put money in the offering plate, where they lived, or even sexual orientation and semantics.  I believe churches get caught up in this when battling to lead souls to Christ.  His mission is to minister...not badger, not judge, but hold you accountable and let God do the rest.  I will tell you that my parents ministry is authentic.  They are called day and night but never hesitate to help.  There will never be a couple more dedicated to servant leadership than Pastor and Zenobia, who I lovingly also call "Dad" and "Mom!"  Through pain, perseverance, God's prodding, and faith, Ascension Fellowship is "ascending to be the people God has called them to be."

Latisha Spence-Brookens,

The ministry at Ascension has touched my life in so many ways.  Pastor Marvin G. Spence and First Lady Mrs. Zenobia Spence are true leaders who meet you where you are and guide you to God through sound Bible-based teaching.  They encouraged you to grow and reach the highest potential in your faith journey and support you every step of the way.  I don't know where I would be without them and Ascension.  I am so grateful and proud to be a member here.

Richard Strode, Jr.,