Pastor Jonathan Jacobs
Pastor Jonathan Jacobs has been serving at Ascension since September 1991. Ordained in 1976, Pastor Jacobs previously served Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, Michigan and Salem Lutheran Church in Flint, Michigan. Pastor Jacobs has a passion for urban ministry and brings the experience and compassion of a disciple committed to serve in the church of Jesus Christ.
Preaching, teaching and pastoral care are strengths Pastor Jacobs brings to our faith community. Committed to a vision of the church which is welcoming and inclusive, Pastor Jacobs is responsible for the administrative oversight of Ascension Congregation and is the primary teacher and preacher for our English worship and learning experiences.
He and his wife Joan have found Milwaukee to be a wonderful place to live and work. They are active in the life of this richly diverse community. Jon and Joan have recently “downsized” to a smaller home in Wauwatosa. These two urban dwellers find relaxation and peace sailing the beautiful waters of the Great Lakes from the Port of Milwaukee.
Jon and Joan have two adult children. Their daughter Erika is married to Nicholas Petty and they have two sons, Oden and Emmet. Their son, Ben is married to Emily and they have a daughter, Harper. “It is a great gift to have our family in Milwaukee and what a joy to have our grandchildren so close and a part of our daily lives.”
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Pastor Walter Baires
Pastor Walter Baires came to Ascension from El Salvador in 2001. Through a partnership of the Salvadoran Lutheran Synod and the Greater Milwaukee Synod, he serves as a missionary to Ascension.
Certified as a deacon in 1986, Pastor Baires became an ordained minister in 1994. He graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1993 and served in the Salvadoran Lutheran Church as the Coordinator of the Sister Parish and as Associate Pastor at Resurrection in San Salvador from 1994 to 1997. In 1996 he served as Vice-President of the Salvadoran Lutheran Synod.
In the words of Pastor Baires: “It is a great honor for me to serve in a congregation that is committed to building an inclusive and a multicultural ministry. It takes more than a good will to erase the sin of racism and discrimination. Building a congregation with more than three cultures is not an easy task, but we know that with God’s help everything is possible.”
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Pastor Logan Vang
Pastor Logan Vang, longtime Ascension disciple, stepped forward to enter seminary training after the untimely death of Ascension’s Pastor Youa Kao Vang in 2010. In conjunction with that training, he also serves as Vicar, providing leadership for Ascension’s Hmong ministry and serving the entire congregation in partnership with the Ascension pastors. He and his wife Caitlin, parents of six children, have been active in the life of Ascension since joining the congregation. Logan works with our webmaster to maintain this site.
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Leslie is originally from Honduras and has lived in Wisconsin since 2005. She received two Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and French literature from UW-Milwaukee. For the past four years, she worked as a middle school Spanish teacher. Apart from teaching, Leslie has worked as a free-lance translator, medical interpreter, and tutor. Leslie is an aunt to Mavya and Luna and enjoys traveling with her husband. Email Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building & Maintenance Supervisor Steven Proefrock
Steve has over 30 years experience with building and equipment maintenance. He volunteers on the custodial staff and Building and Grounds Committee at his home church, Immanuel Lutheran in Cedarburg. Steve is a Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Desktop Technician and Certified Emergency Medical Technician. He and wife Terry have eight children.
Organist Mark Schroeter
Mark joined the Ascension staff in July 2011. He graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a BA in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Church Music. He has served as a Lutheran liturgical church musician in Wisconsin for 39 years playing the organ, piano, directing vocal groups and handbells. He is senior editor at Plank Road Publishing, Inc. He plays for the traditional English worship service and the multicultural English service.
Handbell Choir Director Roxanne Carloni
Roxanne has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UWM and has taught in Mukwonago for 32 years, hired by the district to start the string program which now numbers about 280 string students each year involved in the program from grades 4-12. Roxanne also did cello section coaching for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra between 1994 and 1998. Rox is married to Tim Carloni and has one son, Christopher, and two daughters, Deanne and Brittany.
Outreach Worker Bonny-Anne Xochitl Lopez
Bonny studied law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and practiced law for a half dozen years, first as a public defender, and later as a federal prosecutor. She left the practice of law over 20 years ago due to a hereditary physical disability. Her only close family lives in Mexico.
As Outreach Worker at Ascension, Bonny tracks social programs which may be of benefit to people seeking assistance from the church. Regardless of their need when coming to Ascension, Bonny can recognize which program may be to their benefit, and connect them to it.