Our partners in ministry focus on leading in their area of ministry and caring for people through personal contact as well as programming. Take some time to read about them below then come and meet them in person.

Pastor Jeff Blain

Pastor Jeff Blain

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Pastor Jeff Blain

Tends the flock; Leads the staff

I often describe myself as “California Casual” – which means you will more often see me in a T-shirt with shorts or jeans than you will in the “dress clothes” I am wearing in my picture here! I LOVE to teach the Bible and to talk about how faith and life fit together. (Ask me sometime about the difference between taking the Bible “seriously” and taking it “literally” – it’s a pretty important distinction!) It has been my privilege to be part of the Ascension family since November of 1993. And I am excited to see where God will take us as we continue to focus on “making disciples who make disciples.”

Brief Biography

  • Born and raised in S. California
  • Married to Carol
  • Father to Jacob (Emily) and Erika
  • Grandfather to Rebekah (born March 2017!)
  • Partner in ministry at Ascension since 11/1993

Favorites

  • Food: Wisconsin cheese (cheesy potatoes too!) – but NOT Chocolate, Garlic or Eggs!
  • Books of the Bible: OT = Genesis!!!; NT = Galatians – Colossians
  • Sport: Racquetball
  • Color: Black and Red

Great conversation starters

Make sure to talk to Pastor Jeff about:

  • Haiti
  • Sports
  • Connecting Faith & Daily Life
  • Math & Numbers

Shane Hansen

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Shane Hansen

Tends our 7th-12th grade youth and adults


I am blessed with the opportunity to be associated with a great team of folks who contribute to the Youth and Family ministry at Ascension Lutheran Church. This is a really fun ministry, as students (and their families) in grades 7-12 participate in programs such as Wednesday night Youth and Confirmation groups, Sunday morning Education hour, and various mission trips and outreaches. At Ascension, our youth ministry exists to engage and challenge youth to:

  • IGNITE faith in God
  • CONNECT to God’s family
  • SERVE others out of love for Christ

So that our youth become life-long disciples of Jesus.

Brief Biography

  • Born and raised in Ripon, WI
  • Husband and father of three
  • Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) / Christian Life Coach
  • Partner in ministry at Ascension since 11/2017

Favorites

  • Food: Steak with all the fixings
  • Bible Verses: John 3:16, Joshua 24:15, Ephesians 2:8-9, Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Corinthians 13
  • Book (other than the Bible): Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Movie: Field of Dreams
  • Song: Forever Young

Great conversation starters

Make sure to talk to Shane about:

  • Good Books & Movies
  • Hobby Farming

 

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Brenda Gorr

Tends children 6th grade and younger

I am blessed to be part of the Children’s & Family Ministries at Ascension! I have a background in Early Childhood Education and have many years of experience leading volunteer programs and working with children of all ages. I live in Campbellsport with my 3 sons, Brandon, Matthew and Joey.

Working with children is my passion! It truly gives my heart such joy to see each child grow and mature. What a blessing it is to be in this position!”

Brief Biography

  • Born and raised in the Campbellsport/Lomira area
  • Mother of three
  • Partner in ministry at Ascension since January of 2018

Favorites

  • Food = Coffee and Chocolate
  • Color = Forest Green
  • Sport = Campbellsport Wrestling and Football
  • Bible Verses = Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Proverbs 3:5-6

Great conversation starters

Make sure to talk to Brenda about:

  • Chickens!
  • Boy Scouts
  • Gardening/Canning

 

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Kristen Quast

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Kristen Quast

Tends our confirmation age students

It is truly a delight to work with the youth of Ascension as they prepare to ‘Say Yes’ to God. With students ranging from 7th to 9th grade there is never a dull (or quiet) moment on Wednesday nights. Their energy, curiosity, and fresh outlook on life is inspirational and contagious. What a blessing to be in the middle of this controlled chaos as these young men and women grow in faith.

Brief Biography

  • Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Married to Jeff
  • Mother of three
  • Partner in ministry at Ascension since January of 2018

Favorites

  • Food = Beautiful salads
  • Color = Burgundy
  • Sport = Tennis
  • Bible Verses = Philippians 4:6-7, Deuteronomy 31:6, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Hebrews 12:1

Great conversation starters

Make sure to talk to Kristin about:

  • Running
  • Gardening
  • Adventurous Vacations
  • Apollo, our Labradoodle

 

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