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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
Camryn Krebs has served as Nursery Attendant since the fall of 2021, although she has filled in over the past several years when needed. Camryn graduated from Eastern Illinois University in May 2021 with her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. She currently teaches high schoolers with behavior disorders and special needs at Connections Academy East in Lake Forest. Camryn loves working with kids and watching them learn and grow. Camryn also enjoys spending time with her beloved pugs, Pablo and Picasso, singing, and creating art. Read More
Building Sexton
Steven Dahlgren has served as Building Sexton since August 2021. Steven, who lives in Fox Lake, became familiar with the church and church staff after taking piano lessons with Minkyoo. He has worked at CarMax Kenosha for the past five years and at Fritzl's Restaurant in Lake Zurich for the past 16 years. Steven graduated from Eastern Illinois University with his bachelor's degree in marketing and received his master's degree from North Park University in 2020. Steven serves on the CarMax Cares Committee and the HOA Board of Reva Bay Fox Lake. In the little downtime he has, Steven enjoys water and winter sports, playing volleyball, woodworking, and improving his piano skills. Read More