Community
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
Sexton
Jim Shannon has been the part-time Sexton at Ascension since October 1, 2014. Jim is also a facility tech at Lifetime Fitness in Skokie. Jim has many years of experience in building maintenance and repair. He works hard to keep Ascension in good shape handling a variety of tasks both big and small. Read More
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Justine Mancilla

Nursery Attendant                                                                                                                                                                Justine has been the Nursery Attendant since fall of 2016. She is studying to be a bilingual early education teacher and loves children. She is knowledgeable, passionate, and dedicated to the safety and well-being of our children. Plus she enjoys being involved and making sure they have a great time while in the nursery so they want to come back.                                                                                                                                   

Sunday School Coordinator
Kate Berlin has served as Sunday School Coordinator since the summer of 2018. She is a teacher by training having taught a variety of ages from first grade through ninth grade. She has taught in New York City public schools, St. Thomas the Apostle in Hyde Park, and most recently at the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka. She also has experience as a curriculum developer working on Everyday Mathematics at the University of Chicago. Kate loves working with children and is delighted to help launch the new Godly Play Sunday School curriculum at Ascension. Kate and her husband Aaron along with their three children, Benji, Lizzie, and Nate joined Ascension in the Spring of 2018. Read More
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