Pastor Doug Vold


EDUCATION Master of D00Vold_2_835233646ivinity in Theology, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN 1981; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, 1977

EXPERIENCE  Pastor Doug recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of his ordination.  He has served Ascension since 2011.  Before that he was Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Helena, MT for past 13 years; Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Missoula, MT from 1992 to 1997; Re-Developer for Division for Outreach, ELCA, Missoula, MT from 1989 to 1992; Pastor of Lutheran Church of Sunburst, Sunburst, MT, from 1981 to 1989

PERSONAL MINISTRY STATEMENT It is a joy and a privilege to journey with people through life’s ups and downs, discovering together the grace of God that renews our life and our hope. My calling is to serve this grace we know in Jesus Christ and to lead the church in bringing it to the world.

Full-Time Staff

Melissa Harkness

Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries


EDUCATION:  Master of Arts in Teaching from Southern Oregon University, 2015;  Master of Divinity, Claremont School of Theology, 2002;  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Idaho State University, 1998.

EXPERIENCE:  Melissa is an licensed K-12 educator in the State of Oregon and an ordained clergywoman in the United Methodist Church.   She has served churches in Eugene, OR, Harrisburg, OR and Grants Pass, OR.  She has also served as interim pastor in Gold Hill and Talent, OR.  She has taught 3rd/4th grade and kindergarten in the Medford School District.  Melissa has also taught comprehensive sexuality education to students all over the Rogue Valley.

PERSONAL MINISTRY STATEMENT:  My calling is to help folks identify and articulate a personal faith, while helping manifest Christ in community and the world.  “I believe in Jesus”  What does that mean for you and your life?”  What a privilege to help folks of all ages discover and live into God’s hopes and dreams for their lives.


Kathy Claussen

Office Manager

I have been a member of Ascension Lutheran Church since 1978 when my family and I moved to Oregon from Wisconsin.  I was employed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for many years.  I have been a volunteer for United Way, Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family, and various organizations when my children were in school.  I am happy for the opportunity to be working at Ascension.




Musical Staff

Bruce Dresser

Choir Director



Dr. Mikiko Petrucelli



Mikiko has been a church musician at Ascension Lutheran Church since 2010 when she moved to Rogue Valley after completing her doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Nebraska. She also taught for three years of service at Doane College in Crete Nebraska. She has energetically performed in a variety of concerts.






Diane Barnes

Bell Choir Director

Diane  directs the Grace Notes Bell Choir at Ascension Lutheran Church and she also co-directs the Rogue Ringers, a community handbell choir. She began her ringing career in 1979 and has directed handbell choirs for the past 25 years, when she took over directing duties for the Frankfurt Central Chapel Handbell Choir.  Diane received her musical training at Mary Washington College, VA with continued choral and handbell conducting Master Classes over the past 20 years.  Diane serves as the Chair of Handbell Musicians of America, Area 10, and organizes the annual Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference. She welcomes all who are interested in ringing to come out to a rehearsal and give it a try—and become part of the “team”.


Additional Staff


Adrianna Arizaga

Nursery Coordinator

Adrianna Arizaga lives in Medford.


Sarah Landmann

Nursery Coordinator

SarahSarah Landmann has been a member of Ascension since 2001.  She has also been involved with Vacation Bible School.  She has a Bachelor’s degree and has been teaching preschool since 2010 at the Family Nurturing Center.  Sarah feels that working with children is her calling from God.



Tim Rupp

Financial Secretary

Jean Adams



Jean has been a member of Ascension Lutheran since 2010. Until retirement she was a Human Resource Generalist/HR Info. Systems Administrator in Racine, Wisconsin and has also worked as a teacher and in a variety of clerical positions. She is a member of the Rogue Valley Chorale and enjoys singing in the choir and working with Joyful Noise. She has a B.A. degree from California Lutheran College (now University).