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Community
Pastor
Pastor JoAnn Post has served as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Ascension since October 2014. She moved to Northfield from Manchester, CT, where she had served as a parish pastor for nine years. Before that, she served congregations in Anchorage, Atlanta, and Platteville, WI. She is committed to thoughtful preaching, engaging worship, community engagement and unflinching hospitality, and has found Ascension to share those passions. Read More
Office Manager
Ami Frick has served as Office Manager at Ascension since October 2014. Ami comes from a background of non-profit community service work in Des Moines, IA, followed by over five years serving two different United Methodist Churches at the same time. Read More
Director of Music
Minkyoo has been one of Ascension's Worship Leaders since 2004 and has a passion for inclusion of a wide variety of music and worship styles that exemplify God's diverse and ever-changing world. Minkyoo earned her Bachelors degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Masters degree from the Yale School of Music. Read More
Director of Music
Mischa has been one of Ascension's Worship Leaders since 2004 and has a passion for inclusion of a wide variety of music and worship styles that exemplify God's diverse and ever-changing world. Mischa attended Northwestern University for a Bachelor's in piano and went on to pursue a Masters and Doctorate in composition from Indiana University. Read More
Praise Team Guitarist
Chris Forte has been the guitarist at Ascension for 6 years, bringing a unique approach to music at worship and rounding out the talents of Mischa and Minkyoo. With an eclectic musical background, his guitar work adds touches of Jazz and Blues, as well as Folk and Pop. Read More
Sunday School Coordinator
Kate Berlin is a teacher by training and has taught first grade through ninth grade classes in NYC public schools, St.Thomas the Apostle in Hyde Park, and most recently at the North Shore Country Day School. She has also developed Everyday Mathematics curriculum at the University of Chicago. Kate is delighted to help launch the new Godly Play Sunday School curriculum at Ascension. Read More
Nursery Attendant
Remy started as the Nursery Attendant in the fall of 2022. She is currently a senior at Glenbrook South where she plays soccer and serves on the Student Council. Outside of school Remy enjoys hanging out with her friends. Remy is a member of Ascension and we are delighted to have her join the staff. Read More
Building Sexton
Richard Short started as Building Sexton in the fall of 2022. Rich worked as an interim Sexton here at Ascension about 8 years ago. Rich also does cleaning and maintenance at other churches in the area. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping, and photography. Read More