Ascension Lutheran Church

Church Staff

Interim Pastor

Jim Abbot

Office Manager

Kathy Claussen – Email

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.

Financial Secretary

Tim Rupp

Leader of Family Ministries

Robbie Crowell – Email

Choir Director

Bruce Dresser


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.

Bell Choir Director

Diane Barnes

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”.