Ascension Campus Ministry

“O Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”

-Psalm 95:1

Church of the Ascension is devoted to loving God and loving our neighbors, and those neighbors includes the college students of Oakland. Through our partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) and our team of campus ministry staff, Ascension’s Undergraduate Campus Ministry, VENITE, is committed to seeing this generation of college students transformed by Christ to transform the world for Christ. Venite invites college students into a deeper understanding of the Gospel, a broader vision of God’s Kingdom, and richer relationships within the diversity of Christ’s body at Church of the Ascension and beyond.


Get Connected to Venite Undergraduate Ministry


Venite Undergarduate Ministry is in full gear and welcomes newcomers! The group meets every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Church of the Ascension. Interested? Email Leah Hornfeck or text her at 724-630-0167.

We want you to join us! If you’re a college student and want to learn more about Venite or our Graduate Student Ministry, please do reach out to us! We’d love to treat you to coffee or lunch and get to know you. Either click the button at the bottom of the page to fill out our interest form or contact one of our staff directly. Also, stay up to date on what’s going on through our Instagram—@VeniteOakland



Volunteer with Venite

Are you a congregant or community member interested in serving our students and helping with Venite? We have plenty of ways for you to get involved! Either fill out this quick form or contact one of our staff directly, and we’ll be sure to follow up with you.

Graduate Student Ministry

It’s late Monday evening and in Room 105 of Ascension’s education wing a handful of students are diligently working away. The room is full of the soft light of the lamps and the blue screens, the sounds of clattering of keys and the smell of coffee. At 9:30pm, there is a shift as typing stops and red books are slid across the table. Softly, the group begins to intone, “The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end…” This is Ora et Labora. Borrowing from the old motto of the Benedictine monks, “prayer and work” this is a time for graduate students to gather in community as they labor alongside one another and approach God together. Ora et Labora takes place Mondays from 7 – 10pm.

If you are a graduate student interested in our Monday evenings together, or perhaps want to join a weekly Bible study, email Chris Kirkland or text him at 412-716-1617. He would love to hear from you!

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

In 2021 Ascension introduced Chris Kirkland as our staff member for Graduate Student Ministry and entered into an exciting new partnership with the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). The CMDA is a national network created to help support medical and dental students and professionals in their walk with Christ and to train them to use their talents for furthering the Kingdom of God. Chris is getting our Graduate Student Ministry into shape so that those doing advanced degrees in Pittsburgh can have a church home and plenty of support during this challenging phase of their lives. Please reach out to him to get connected to CMDA or Ascension’s graduate student group (contact info below).



Campus Ministry Staff

Leah Hornfeck (Undergraduate Ministry)
(724) 630-0167

Chris Kirkland (Graduate Ministry)
(412) 716-1617

Alex Banfield Hicks
(412) 652-3137