Look Higher. Live Higher.

About Ascend Student Ministry

Ascend Student Ministry of First Baptist Church exists to lead 7th-12th grade students and their parents to experience life-changing relationships.

We do this by:

  • Introducing students to a personal, life-changing relationship with the God who created them. We dive into God’s Word (the Bible), share with them the life and ministry of God’s Son (Jesus), and show them what this means to their personal lives.
  • Inviting them to join other believers on the life-changing mission of following their Creator. We invite them to join a Connect Group with others their age, offer exciting opportunities to serve and grow (Camps, Mission Trips & Retreat weekends), and provide a great facility to enjoy life-changing fellowship.
  • Investing in their lives through meaningful mentorship with God-honoring adult leadership. We connect students with trained and approved adults who will take an active role in their spiritual growth.

Come and join us as we ASCEND towards Him!

We hope your family will come and experience what life-changing relationships look like by joining us at Ascend Student Ministry!

Weekly Schedule

Featured Events

Jul 2020

Date/Time Event
07/13/2020 - 07/17/2020
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Summer Lake Days
51539 Louisiana Industries Road, Franklinton, LA, Franklinton LA

Save the Date


Ascend Student Ministry will host Summer Lake Days the week of July 13-17. This is a day camp experience where each group will have a day of their own.

Click HERE for more information!

Summer Lake Days 2020 Sign Up

Packing List


Foster and Adoptive Families Respite Event

Sign up online to reserve your child’s spot for a day of fun while you enjoy a break! Contact Lauren Gautreaux at laurenhgautreaux@gmail.com if you have questions.

Our next Respite Event has been postponed until further notice.

Youth Golf Scramble Fundraiser

Help our students raise money for summer camp – grab your clubs & sign up today!

Player registration:
Players Register Here

Sponsor registration:
Sponsors Register Here

Weekly Activities

Sunday Mornings

[ONLINE LIVE STREAM] Ascend Sunday – Live on YouTube & Facebook

Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM for Ascend Sundays on our Facebook and YouTube live streams!

YouTube Live Stream
Facebook Live Stream

Connect Groups


Connect Groups are offered for grades 7-12. In a Connect Group you will experience:

  • CONNECTING –Beginning in Connect Groups, a close-knit circle of friends can be formed beyond the walls of the church. With these groups come a safe place to express concerns and an atmosphere of healthy transparency. In a small group setting like Connect Groups, you can find deeper love and acceptance.
  • GROWING – More than simply hearing another sermon, Connect Groups provide involvement and time to participate in open discussions regarding biblical principles and spiritual growth. This time will help you dig in and better understand the ideas and concepts in the Word of God.
  • MULTIPLYING – Connect Groups encourage you to exercise your spiritual gifts to uplift the body of Christ. This is done in a variety of ways to ensure that there is a place for everyone.


[CURRENTLY POSTPONED] 8:20am on select Sundays
Lead U is a group of student leaders who meet to grow as leaders and influencers in our Student ministry and beyond. Involvement is invitation-based and students agree to a code of conduct and expectations.

Sunday Worship Teams – [CURRENTLY POSTPONED] 5:00-6:00pm

Ascend Worship Choir and Praise Band meets on Sunday nights to grow as worshippers. These groups are integral in carrying the Good News to our community and within our student ministry worship environment.

Sunday Nights – 6:30pm -8:30PM

We utilize a variety of discipleship opportunities throughout the month on Sunday nights. These nights are designed to connect you and your friends to the journey, no matter where you are beginning!

Join us this summer under the Pavilion.

K2 – First Sunday Night

Our month begins with K2, which is all about the Kingdom of God and Koinonia (Biblical Greek word for fellowship)! We want to start climbing together, no matter who you are or where you are starting from. This event will be full of fun, laughter, attractional themes and, most importantly, a presentation of the hope found in Christ. This is the perfect night to invite friends who have never been to Ascend! Starts back in August. See our events page for current activities.

Ascend Groups

Ascend Groups are on-campus discipleship groups that meet two Sunday nights per month (following K2 – specific dates found on events page). These groups will focus on developing a deeper understanding of God’s Word and church community. You’ll experience prayer, accountability and life-changing friendships as you journey together.

Wednesday Nights

This summer, join us Wednesday nights for a time of Bible study and fellowship!
Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:30 pm
June 10, 17, 24 & July 1, 8, 22, 29

Under the pavilion at First Baptist Church Covington

Following Wednesday events currently postponed:

5:00-6:30pm – Fellowship Meal (cost applies)
5:30-6:30pm – Bible Discovery for Youth
6:30-7:45pm – Ascension Worship Night

Bible Discovery

Bible Discovery meets during the school year and offers a time to be trained in Bible Memorization (Bible Drill material), apologetics, and practical instruction. This hour will prepare you to compete at the highest level of Bible Drills, but more importantly, you’ll commit Scripture to your heart and know how to apply it to your life.
Starts back in August. See our events page for current activities.

Ascension Worship Night

Ascension Worship meets every Wednesday Night during the school year. This is a night of powerful worship led by our Ascend Praise Band, a relevant Bible Message, and discussion in Family Groups.
Starts back in August. See our events page for current activities.

– Bring friends to experience the church during the middle of the week. Every week we will focus our eyes on the Light of the World!

GROWING – This is a time to be challenged to grow in the middle of your crazy school weeks. Worship and church community in the middle of the week will drastically change your outlook and effectiveness as a witness and disciple of Christ!

The Landing

Every Tuesday at 7pm
Overcome Your Hurts, Habits and Hangups. The Landing is Celebrate Recovery designed for students ages 12-18.

Starts back in August. See our events page for current activities.

Learn More

Our Staff

Chris Kroll

Student Pastor

Josh Jordan

Minister, College & Young Families

Bill Boren

Minister, Family Life

Email Bill: bboren@fbccov.org

Jade Turner

Youth Administrative Assistant

Email Jade: jturner@fbccov.org




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