Bruce Janisch - Pastor

In 1991 the Lord moved Pastor Janisch to accept the call to serve at Ascension Lutheran Church. Over the course of his years at Ascension, Pastor Janisch has seen the congregation grow from a small gathering of God's people to a medium-sized ministry, which offers a wide variety of programs. Pastor Janisch attributes that success to a focus on God's word. He says,

"People desperately need the word of the Lord. In the word we meet Jesus. In the word we discover God's love for us. In the word we learn of his will for our lives. If we at Ascension Lutheran church engage people with the word of the Lord, he will bless our ministry."

Pastor Janisch received his Bachelors degree from Northwestern College and his Master of Divinity degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Previously, Pastor Janisch served as Hispanic outreach pastor at Cordero de Dios (Lamb of God) Lutheran Church in Miami, Florida, and as Campus Chaplain at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Pastor Janisch and his wife, Bethel, live in Plymouth.


Brian Roloff - Outreach Pastor



Pastor Brian Roloff joined Ascension in July 2012 as the outreach pastor. As the outreach pastor he is called to oversee and give general direction to Ascension's evangelism and education efforts including witness training, visitor follow-up, promotion, VBS, preschool, and new member instruction and assimilation. Pastor Roloff says,

“What a joy and an honor we have to tell others the good news about Jesus—that through his suffering, death, and rising from the grave, God gives us the absolute holiness that his perfection demands from every person!  Forgiveness and eternal life in heaven are all free gifts of God given to us by faith.  Now that’s news that changes how we live and gives our every word and act of love eternal purpose and meaning.”

Pastor Roloff graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2002 with a double major in History and Social Studies for Secondary Education. After being elected to and serving on his church’s board of evangelism, he enrolled in and completed the seminary certification program at Martin Luther College. He then earned his Master’s of Divinity degree at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Prior to joining Ascension, he served as a vicar (an intern pastor) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Roloff and his wife, Christy, live in Brooklyn Park, MN, with their three young children.

Bethel Janisch
- Music Director

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Bethel Janisch oversees all aspects of the music ministry at Ascension Lutheran Church. She chooses music for our blended services, directs the adult choir, and helps with the children's music for Sunday School, VBS, and Easter for Kids. She enjoys getting many people involved in music at Ascension. Bethel says,

“Music is a wonderful gift from the Lord.  It speaks to all people and has endless variety. I am blessed to be able to use this gift to praise God."

Bethel attended Dr. Martin Luther College, the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and Florida International University where she received her Bachelor of Music. In addition, to her duties at Ascension, she teaches 30 to 35 piano and organ students.




Tamara Melott - Director/Lead Teacher, Preschool


Tamm2013_Web.jpgTamara Melott is the director of Ascension Lutheran's Preschool. She is also the teacher of the 3 yr old, 4 yr old, and 5-day programs. Tamara developed the 5-day program for Ascension. The goal of this program is to prepare the children for a smooth transition from preschool to Kindergarten. She teaches the Roland Reading Program, a math and science curriculum based on the Minnesota Early Learning Standards, the Spark Early Childhood Physical Education Program, and incorporates music throughout the curriculum. She also works on fine and gross motor skills through free play, art activities, and learning activities throughout the day. Tammy says,

“What I enjoy most about my work at Ascension is teaching Bible stories every day and seeing the children’s faith blossom and grow. I also appreciate that I can use God’s Word throughout the day as I teach and prepare these children for their future. Finally, I enjoy watching them grow physically and intellectually as I prepare them for the next level of learning.”

Tamara received her Bachelors degree in Christian Elementary Education from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN. Her teaching experience includes 9 years teaching 3rd grade, 4 years working with 3 yr. olds in a daycare, 5 years teaching 1st grade, 3 years assisting the Ascension Preschool and Pre-K programs, and 5 years teaching the 5-day Pre-K program.  She also helps direct the Kid’s Summer Camp program at Ascension. Mrs. Melott enjoys helping with Vacation Bible School, which gives her another opportunity to share God's Word with young children. Tammy and her husband, Mike, have two daughters and one son. They live in Delano, MN.


Tabitha Mays - Teacher Preschool


Tabitha Mays joined our preschool staff as a full-time teacher in July 2014.  She is from Columbus, Wisconsin where she attended and was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church and School.  Tabitha attended Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, Wisconsin and Dr. Martin Luther College, graduating with a BA in 1993.  Upon graduation she took an emergency one-year call to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Zion, Illinois.  Afterwards she was assigned to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and School in Grove City, Ohio and taught there for 16 years. 
In her spare time Tabitha enjoys cooking and baking and finding bargains on purses, jewelry, clothes, and shoes from thrift stores.  She also likes reading, camping, traveling, and taking her dog, Prince, for walks.  She is eager to see what blessings and opportunities the Lord has planned for us at Ascension!




Ann Wiechmann - Administrative Assistant



Ann Wiechmann joined the Ascension staff as our Administrative Assistant in 2011. Ann attended Bethany Lutheran College and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Biology major and a Business minor. She and her husband, Dave, have five children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.