Pastor Bernard Ansorge
Bernard Ansorge is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He accepted a call to Ascension Lutheran in 1969 and has been here throughout 51 of the 56 years of Ascension's existence in Huntsville, Alabama. His ministries after graduating from the Seminary included a start-up congregation in Jackson, Mississippi. He was married to his wife, Grace,for 53 years until she was called home to Heaven in 2016. Pastor Ansorge has three children and loves to talk about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vicar Mark De Young
We have a Vicar for the 2020-2021 year. Mark De Young is a third-year student at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a Vicar, he will be mentored by Pastor Ansorge and will get some insight into the working of the ministry as a future pastor and will participate in all the aspects of worship, visiting, studying - and learning to enjoy the people and the congregational life. Mark hails from Texas, has four brothers and one sister, and a family tree full of pastors. Before Mark was called to join that rank of pastors, he served in the U.S. Navy and then was "high tech" in Dell Corporation. Welcome, Mark De Young!
Carla Jo Brakhage
Carla Jo Brakhage came to Ascension in 2016 to be the Director of Children's Ministry - in charge of the children's ministry at both the Child Development Center and the church. Carla Jo got her degree from Concordia in Seward, Nebraska. Her first call was to Coffeyville, Kansas, where she was Director of Christian Education for 27 years. This is where she met and married her husband, a youth group counselor. From Kansas, she went to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she was Early Childhood Director for 10 years. She has been a valued member at Ascension since 2016. She has two children and two grandsons.
Crissi Patterson is a key person during the regular worship services at Ascension, playing the organ and piano every Sunday and Monday. Crissi claims California as part of her heritage, but she was also in the Air Force for a time before settling in Huntsville, Alabama. Crissi and her husband have two children.