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Pastor Doug Vold

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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


Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

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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.

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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


Tim Rupp

Financial Secretary