Elise Massa

Elise Massa serves as Assistant Director of Music and Worship Arts, vocal leader, and liaison for ecumenical artistic partnerships.

Elise witnessed Jesus’ redemptive power through the arts following her conversion in 1999. Her winding road to worship arts ministry includes training in theater and voice, earning a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University-Bloomington, studying abroad in music and worship with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), and working alongside youth and families in both medical and educational settings.

Passionate about empowering God’s people to worship with their own voice and story, she is co-founder (with Stacey Regan) of the Ascension Songwriters Collaborative and Northeast Regional Leader for the global non-profit United Adoration. She is inspired by the lives of St. Teresa of Ávila, Mahalia Jackson, Monet, Makoto Fujimura, John Donne, and Maya Angelou. She lives with her husband, Chris, and their bundle of lightning son, Caleb, and has attended Church of the Ascension since November 2012.