We invite you to visit us this Sunday at 10:00am for our regular liturgical worship service where we praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in word and song.

Our congregation is committed to sharing the good news of God’s personal forgiveness through Jesus Christ, one person at a time. We are available by phone and e-mail any time.

Ascension is affiliated with the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

Our congregation serves people from many communities including Lansing, East Lansing, Bath, Haslett, Williamston, Okemos, Mason, Dimondale, Holt, and DeWitt.

Pastor: Dave Winningham

pstrwinninghamPastor David C. Winningham is a native of Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Concordia College (Ann Arbor), Concordia Sr. College (Ft. Wayne) and Concordia Seminary (St. Louis). He served a dual parish (Redeemer, Sudbury and St. Mark’s, Val Caron) in Ontario, Canada before moving to Michigan to teach Theology in a Lutheran High School. Dave served Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Armada for 12½ years and twice at Lutheran High North in Macomb, Michigan. He served in the campus ministry at University Lutheran Chapel in Ann Arbor for six years. He began his ministry at Ascension Lutheran Church in 2006.

His areas of interest include worship and music. He plays piano, trumpet and guitar. While at Lutheran North, he coached boys’ and girls’ soccer teams and was advisor to the ski club. He played 16 years for the Anchor Bay men’s soccer team and with the Canton Celtics men’s (over-50) soccer team since 2001. Dave has served as a Counselor at five National Youth Gatherings, was a District Counselor for LWML and has served on other various circuit and district committees.

Pastor Winningham is married and he and his wife have two sons and six grandchildren.

Pastor Emeritus: Roy Schroeder

Born September 8, 1929 in Caro, Michigan to the Rev. and Mrs. Philip Schroeder (Esther nee Ude). The family moved to Lansing, Michigan in 1931 where Philip Schroeder, Sr. served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church until 1961.  He is married to (Phyllis) Joy Helge of St. Louis, Missouri on June 4,1955.  They have five children: Paul (1956), Stephanie (1957), Deborah (1959), Suzanne (1964), and John (1970), as well as twelve grandchildren.

Trinity Lutheran Church School in Lansing, Michigan
Concordia High School and College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri – graduated 1954
In 1954-1955 school year, fellowshipped in the New Testament department of the St. Louis Seminary under Dr. Martin Scharlemann and completed work toward Master of Sacred Theology degree.
While on 1966-1967 leave of absence from Peace congregation in Sparta, Michigan, completed work toward Doctor of Theology degree at St. Louis Seminary. Received degree in 1968.

Served two year vicarage working as missionary in Japan – 1951-1953
Pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Vincennes, Indiana 1955-1957
Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Monroeville, Indiana 1957-1959
Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Sparta, Michigan 1959-1971
Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church in East Lansing, Michigan 1971-1996
While at Peace, congregation was organized and grew to 380 communicants.
Directed ten annual Christian Art Shows. Continued and expanded the program at Ascension until retirement.
Co-sponsored nine Blessing of the Blossoms services in area apple orchards.
Conducted Migrant Clothing Center two years.
While at Ascension, saw building and renovation program through from beginning to end. Major item was a sanctuary. Chapel was added in 1978. A 29-rank Zimmer organ was installed in 1984.
Elected Circuit Counselor (1962-1966)
Elected to District Board of Education (1968-1970).
Elected to District Board of Directors (1970-1974).
Delegate to Denver Convention of Synod (1969). Member of Floor Committee on Theological Matters.
Counselor to the District LWML Board of Directors (1964-1968).
Three consecutive terms as chairman of the Grand Rapids area Pastors’ Conference (1969-1972).
Chairman of West Michigan Pastors’ Conference (1971-1973).
Served as Pastoral Advisor to the District Committee of the Missouri Synod Foundation (1964-1970).
Served as Public Relations Representative of Synod for the Grand Rapids area (1962-1971).
Served as essayist at numerous Pastors and Teachers Conferences.
Served as member of the Michigan District Reconciliation Committee (1974-1975).
Served as member of the West Michigan Media Ministries (formerly Grand Rapids Area Council of Churches Radio and TV Committee 1967-1971).
Served as Counselor to two LSV Schools in New York State.
Served as Guest Missioner at PTR programs in Indiana, Ontario, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
Served as Vice-President of the Fine Arts Fellowship (1973-1974) and as President (1974-1976).
Served as member of the Parkwood YMCA Board of Managers (1979-1987). Served as member of the Mid-Michigan Planning Board of the School for Ministry (1979-1984). Chairman of the group for one year.
Served as chairman of the Sparta Exchange Student Committee for first few years.
Hosted 32 tours: Middle East (9 times), Far East (2 times), China (3 times), Oberammergau (4 times), Steps of Luther, British Isles, Scandinavia (3 times), Australia/New Zealand (2 times), African Safari (2 times), Guatemala, Ecuador/Galapagos, Costa Rica, India, Spain
Published in:
Cresset, April, 1962
Concordia Pulpit, 1964
For the Time Being, 1973
Currents in Theology and Mission, December 1975
Concordia Journal, July 1998
Listed in Who’s Who in Religion in America 2nd, 3rd, 4th editions
Listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest, 23rd edition
Ordained: September 25, 1955
Retired: August 30, 1996

Deacon: John L. Haubenstricker

John L. Haubenstricker is a native of Michigan. He was born in Tuscola Township and attended St. Lorenz Lutheran School in Frankenmuth. He graduated from Millington High School in Millington, MI in 1956. He attended Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL and received a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1961. Following graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis receiving a MS degree in physical education and early childhood development in 1965.
John was called to be a member of the faculty at Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, IL from 1962 until 1973 where he coached football, baseball and wrestling, and taught professional preparation courses in health and physical education. He received his Ph.D. in motor development from Michigan State University in 1971. In 1973 John joined the faculty at Michigan State University where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in motor skill learning and growth and motor development. During his 30-year career at Michigan State John served in a variety of capacities including Coordinator of the Remedial Motor Clinic, Coordinator of the Motor Performance Study, Director of the Youth Sports Institute, as well as Coordinator of the Undergraduate and the Graduate Programs in the Department of Kinesiology.

John and his wife, Beth, have been members of Ascension Lutheran Church since 1973. While at Ascension John has served as President, elder, weekday school teacher, Sunday school teacher, Bible class teacher, choir member, lay reader, and usher. In the fall of 2005, John entered the Michigan District — LCMS Deacon Training Program and completed his studies in 2008. He has served as deacon at Ascension Lutheran Church since April 2008.

Organist: Alix Jenkins

Alix began music studies with student music majors at MSU, received a BA from Wheaton College as a music major, and received a BM from MSU with credentials for school music vocal education. Employment at several Lutheran churches as a church musician/organist in the Lansing area later led to nine years teaching high school choir, general music and language arts classes at Holt Lutheran School before returning to church ministry at Ascension in January, 2010. Alix continues to teach private students at her Mason studio and is now a licensed teacher for Musikgarten, teaching family music classes for infants to 5 year olds at String Connection, Okemos. She resides in Mason with husband Jon, an attorney; they have one son, David.

Ascension Lutheran Church Officers for 2015

President:  Alan Durkee

Vice-President:  Jim Goodheart

Council Secretary:  Fran Hoffmeyer

Treasurer:  Carol Navarre

Financial Secretary:  Marion Hart

Education:  Holly Cordill

The Education Committee is responsible for planning and promoting opportunities for growth in Christian knowledge and life for all members of the congregation.

Outreach/Assimilation:  Sherry Fent

The Outreach/Assimilation committee provides leadership for the congregation’s mission outreach.  It also develops and promotes a systematic program of mission education, and prepares people for outreach into the community.  It is also responsible for establishing an educational program concerning the world-wide mission of the church and to promote community awareness of the congregation.  Other responsibilities include establishing a process for incorporating new members into the life of the congregation, encourage and assist new members to become active and responsible members of the congregation, develop a program which promotes interaction between members of the congregation and new members, and educate the congregation about its responsibility to assimilate the new members.

Social Services:  Kenda Bultman

The Social Services committee concerns itself with the physical needs of members of the congregation and of people in the community.  It is also responsible for soliciting the support of the congregation in programs of world relief.

Parish Activities:  Linda Putz

The Parish Acitivities committee endeavor is to keep the news and programs of the congregation before the members.  It also arranges for the planning of the annual parish work program.  The committee is responsible for publishing an annual yearbook and church directory.  They also develop a program of social activities for the congregation and encourage participation, introduce new organizations within the congregation when deemed necessary, and promote community awareness of the congregation.

Board of Elders: Jim Phillips

Nathan Bultman

Leon Horn

Tom Stroemer

Todd Cordill

John Putz

Jim Usitalo

Dana Scherer

The Board of Elders has many responsibilities to the Pastor and to the congregation.  These include meeting monthly and assist the pastor in all matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the congregation, assisting the pastor in preparing the worship program Article III (C)(7), being responsible, in consultation with the senior pastor, for the worship practices and forms used by the congregation and being responsible for and foster an atmosphere of worship at all services.   The also assist the pastor in arranging for pulpit assistance, special services, and guest speakers.  They are to encourage negligent members in their attendance at worship services, in their use of the Sacraments, and in their financial support of the church.

Properties: Paul Halbig

Gary Abendorth

Doug Thorne

Tim Thompson

The Properties Committee has many responsibilities within Ascension including the upkeep, maintenance, and improvement of the property of the congregation.  They schedule the maintenance and improvement of church property so as not to jeopardize the financial position of the congregation and establish work committees to help reduce the cost of maintenance programs.