Elise Massa serves as Assistant Director of Music and Worship Arts, vocal leader, and liaison for ecumenical artistic partnerships.
Elise discovered art’s redemptive power for the Kingdom of God after her conversion in 1999. Her 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 with special needs.
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 a retreat 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.
As a bi-vocational minister, Elise works at Duquesne University in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She lives with her husband, Chris, and their bundle of lightning son, Caleb. She has attended and served with Church of the Ascension since November 2012.