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
  • Husband and father of two
  • Partner in ministry since 1993

Favorite

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

Great conversation starters

Make sure to talk to Pastor Jeff about:

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

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Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Tends children 7th-12th grade youth

Position Description:

We have a number of gifted and dedicated adults who are covering several aspects of our ministry to and with our 7th – 12th grade students and their families during this interim time. We are so grateful for the leadership and support.

In consultation Ministry Architects, we intend to utilize our assets and overcome our challenges to build a successful and sustainable youth ministry. This 18 month concentrated effort is designed to build a solid infrastructure to support our youth and family ministries. However, our goals do not stop there. We intend to take what we learn from this process and expand it into our other ministries.

It is an exciting time here at Ascension.

Current Ministries

  • Sunday Morning Education Classes (7th – 12th)
  • Some 7th-12th Students assist with our Sunday School
  • Wednesday Evening Youth Group (10th-12th) & Confirmation (7th – 9th)
  • Misc. Youth Activities, Servant Projects, Fun Events & Mission Trips

 

Tina Tollard

Tina Tollard

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Tina Tollard

Tends children 6th grade and younger

In Matthew 19:14 Jesus makes His priorities clear when He says, “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” (Msg) I am blessed by God to be allowed to combine my love of children, my love for God’s Word and my strong organizational skills in working with the children of our congregation. Sunday School and other children’s programming revolves around creating experiences for our children to help them and their families understand how much they are loved by God and our church. Whether you find them in classrooms, in the front of Sanctuary singing for God or playing games with their friends in the backyard at church, the goal of our Children’s Programming is to make our kids a priority in our church.

Brief Biography

  • Born in West Bend; raised in 6 cities within 50 miles of Fond du Lac
  • Wife and mother of 4
  • Picker-upper for 2 lazy dogs
  • Partner in ministry since 2009

Favorite

  • Color: Pink or red
  • Holiday: Christmas
  • Super hero: Larry the Cucumber
  • Veggie: Bob the Tomato
  • Bible Story: Esther

Great conversation starters

Make sure to talk with Tina about:

  • Overcoming glossophobia
  • Faith 5
  • KOG