About Us
Our Mission:

Ascend Outdoor Adventures is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry and educational organization. Our primary aim is to glorify God through quality outdoor adventure experiences for groups that encourage leadership development, spiritual formation, and community growth.
Founders: Jason and Gera Mann
Jason and Gera Mann are the founders of Ascend. Jason serves as Executive Director and Senior Guide. Gera serves as Administrative Director and Site Facilitator. Team Mann also includes Joshua, age 8, and Isabella, age 6.

Jason and Gera have been in student ministry for over a decade and have most recently worked with college students at the University of Arizona and the University of Texas. Jason has been leading outdoor trips for about 12 years. He has backpacked and rock climbed extensively in various locations both in the US and internationally. Jason earned a Bachelor's degree in youth ministry from East Texas Baptist University,and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral  program at Denver Seminary in the field of leadership.  Jason is certified as a Single Pitch Instructor by the American Mountain Guides Association, and is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Gera has 6 years of experience teaching at the high school level, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Education from the University of Arizona.

Jason and Gera are passionate about seeing lives changed through dynamic experiential learning. They believe that the outdoors provides the perfect classroom for leadership training and personal spiritual growth.
Staff: Angie Johnson
‚ÄčAngie is an Assistant Guide and our Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Concordia University Texas in  2017 with a degree in Religious Education. Woosh! She believes that enjoying the full life God offers includes the outdoors. She is the first female full time guide to work with Ascend and is excited to empower girls with  leadership skills and confidence from being outside and with the love of Christ.
Core Values:

Ministry
We are a decidedly Christian organization, upholding biblical principals, but we are not affiliated with any one denomination or church.

Outdoor Education
We endeavor to teach our clients how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and responsible manner. This includes environmental awareness and safety precautions.

High Quality Service
We are committed to providing quality experiences to groups. Our programs are tailored to first-timers, so we teach the basics of each activity assuming little or no experience on the part of the participant.

Community Service
We organize regular community service projects such as trail days in conjunction with our partnering organizations.

Collegiate Leadership
We provide training and work opportunities for college students and young adults who are interested in learning about the field of outdoor leadership ministry. We focus on developing leaders at the University of Texas, and Concordia University.