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

“Join us in welcoming Shane to the Ascension family. We are really excited to see where God uses his talents and experiences as we begin our new partnership together.”

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

“Join us in welcoming Brenda to her new role within the Ascension family. We are really excited to see where God uses her talents and experiences as we continue our partnership together in new ways.”

Brief Biography

  • Brenda joins us January 2, 2018.

Favorites

  • Coming Soon!

Great conversation starters

Make sure to talk to Brenda about:

  • We will let you know.

 

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