Church in Cary

Most of the New Testament was written to collective bodies of believers called the churches. Contrary to our individualized societal norms, we know that we need each other through the ups and downs of our journey through life.


Ascend Worship Church strives to be a family where the good news about Jesus Christ is at the center of all we are, teach and do in our daily lives.  We come together to build up men, women and children in faith to keep our hope in God firm for a lifetime.


We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the Word of God and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to show the love of God in an uncommon way to the lost, hurting and scattered, leading them by example to trust in Jesus.



We believe Ascend Worship Church has a biblical mission to reach the next 10 men, the next 10 women and the next 10 young people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ until Heaven has no empty seats. - Luke 14:23


We believe Ascend Worship Church exists to make Jesus Christ known as the Chief Cornerstone, essential for the life and wellness of our families, neighbors and generations to come.

- 1 Peter 2:5-9


We believe Ascend Worship Church is called to build one another up in faith, hope and love on the foundation of Jesus Christ to be a collective home for the Spirit of God.

- 1 Thessalonians 1:3



  1. In 2019, Pastor Darrell Williams, his wife Donna and their children met with Cranston Bass, Marlana Burch, Tia Teasley, Deidre Woods and Chelsea Covington at a music school in Apex NC.  The entire group prayed and discussed their hope that God would use them as the foundations of a ministry that demonstrated the uncommon love of Jesus Christ.

  2. Due to the global Covid19 pandemic, all gatherings including churches were closed to protect public health as many were dying or severely sickened from a novel strain of the coronavirus. Ascend Worship Church launched in September 2020 as an online Sunday morning Bible study taught by Pastor Williams. People gathered virtually to build their faith in God through hearing the Word and received prayer every week.

  3. Ascend Worship Church began assembling in-person for worship in June 2021 in a shared location in Raleigh, NC. Pastor Williams continued teaching from the Word of God as the church entered a second year of studying the book of Hebrews to build a firm faith in Jesus.

  4. Pastor Williams declared by faith that 2023 would be a “Winning Season” for the Ascend Church family. Testimonies of God’s blessings came with souls being added to the Church. In March 2023, the church signed the lease of their own location for worship in Cary, NC.

  5. As the church grew, the ministry leadership and members made a bold faith move in 2024 to begin having Sunday services at Crossroads Theater to facilitate a renewed dedication to fill empty seats in heaven with those who have been baptized into hope in Jesus Christ!


The Ascend Worship Church story continues with your work of Faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.


Pastor Darrell founded Ascend Worship Church in 2020 with seven people who believed in the vision. That team has grown to an effective group of servant leaders who work tirelessly to see people grow in their relationship with God and personal well being. Their passion for evangelism keeps the task of making Jesus known at the forefront of their collective mission.

Darrell Williams

Lead Pastor

Jonathan Green

Youth Pastor

Marlana Burch

Church Administrator

Justin Johnson

Men's Ministry Director

Charlene Williams

Marriage Ministry Co-Director

Reggie Williams

Marriage Ministry Co-Director

Tish Cotton

Praise and Worship Director

Brandy Baul

Singles Ministry Director

Cranston Bass

Audio Visual Director

Joyce Hawkins

Altar Ministry Director

Deidre Woods

Children's Ministry Director

Chelsea Covington

Reach Team

Desmond Woods

Reach Team

Tia Teasley

Women's Ministry Team