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

Susan Detwiler

Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries



Susan earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College and an M.A. in Religion from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She taught elementary school, both public and parochial, for 11 years. She began working with churches through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s local affiliate in Philadelphia. After moving to Oregon, Susan began volunteering at Ascension 15 years ago and has been employed there for the past 11 working with children and their families.


Paul Kimberly

Office Manager



Paul has been in the Medford area for 5 years and had come from Reno, NV. Paul joined Ascension Staff at the beginning of 2018 and had come from working for California’s Agriculture Border Stations. He enjoys outdoor activities, endurance running, time with family and friends as well as many forms of Art.


Musical Staff

Jeffrey Myers,

Choir Director

Jeffrey is a senior and a McNair Scholar at Southern Oregon University, majoring in Vocal Performance. He came to us highly recommended by Dr. Paul French.

Other than his work at Ascension and at the university, he is an intern at Jefferson Public Radio and sings with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers. He also served in Americorps as a Community Service Organizer and Environmental Educator in Marin County.



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

DianeDiane  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

Stephanie Risner

Youth Leader

Stephanie was confirmed at Ascension in 2007.  She has been involved with Girl Scouts for 15 years and worked as a camp counselor for five summer.  The last summer we the was Art Director for the camp. She is currently a Girl Scout leader. She attended the ELCA National Youth gathering in New Oreleans as a high school student and attended in Detroit as the supervising adult.  She has an AA in General Studies.

Lauren White

Nursery Coordinator


Lauren White lives in Medford with her husband and 2 kids and has been a member of Ascension Lutheran since 2007. Getting to spend time in the nursery is an honor for Lauren! She is so pleased that she gets to be with our youngest church members and gently nurture their earliest church memories.


Sarah Landmann

Nursery Coordinator

Sarah[Sarah 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.



Vicki Risner

Financial Secretary

Vicki has been our Financial Secretary since 2009. Vicki brings with her over 30 years of experience in accounting. She has also worked in advertising and as a professional photographer. Vicki has an AA degree from Rogue Community College. She currently works as a customer service representative in Medford. She is a ringer in our bell choir as well as an active leader in Girl Scouts here at Ascension.

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).