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

Mary Gohl

Mary Gohl

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Mary Gohl

Tends our adults and volunteers

Have you ever wondered what unexpected job might come your way in life? Well, Adult Ministry Coordinator is that job for me! I have worked most of my life with youth and never thought I would ever have an opportunity like the one I have now at Ascension. I feel very humbled and blessed to work in this ministry and I pray that God will continue to reveal how He will use me to serve and glorify His name!

Brief Biography

  • Born and raised in Colorado
  • Retired teacher/principal
  • Musician
  • Married to John
  • Blessed mother of William (Megan), Peter (Vanessa), and Rebekah (Joshua)
  • ‘Grammy’ to Luke and Elise

Favorites

  • Learning about Jesus
  • Biking
  • Cross Stitching
  • Reading
  • My Grandchildren
  • Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)

Great conversation starters

Make sure to talk to Mary about:

  • My children/grandchildren
  • Vacations
  • Any prayer requests you might have

 

 

Brenda Gorr

Brenda Gore

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Brenda Gorr

Tends our Children and Youth

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

I am blessed to be part of the Children’s, Youth, and 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 2 youngest sons, Matthew and Joey.

Working with children and youth is my passion! It truly gives my heart such joy to see each person 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
  • 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.

Kristen Quast

Kristen Quast

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Kristen Quast

Tends our Wednesday Evening Events (KOG, Confirmation & Youth Group)

 

It is truly a delight to work with the our children and youth of Ascension as they learn more about Jesus and prepare to ‘Say Yes’ to God. With students ranging from 5th to 12th 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