Staff

Rev. Matthew Clark

Rev. Matthew Clark

Pastor

Rev. Matthew Clark grew up attending Our Savior Lutheran in Fenton, Missouri. He graduated from Lutheran High School South in 1998. He then entered the Pre-Seminary program at Concordia University in Nebraska. Following graduation from Concordia Seminary in 2007, Pastor Clark was called to serve at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Illinois.

Pastor Clark has served as pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church since October 2013. In addition to serving at Ascension Lutheran Church and Word of Life Lutheran School, pastor is also involved with KFUO radio AM 850, where he is co-host of “Wrestling with the Basics” which airs on Saturday mornings at 9:05 a.m. Pastor occasionally writes for Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Lutheran High School Association.  In 2018, Pastor was accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. When not eating Ted Drewes frozen custard, pastor enjoys family time, cycling, gardening, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pastor’s wife, Lisa, serves at Concordia Publishing House as Senior Editor of Curriculum Resources and writer. She is studying in the PhD program for Creative Writing at the University of Bristol in England. Pastor and Lisa have been blessed with two children, Noah and Anna. Noah attends Lutheran High School South and Anna is a student at Word of Life Lutheran School.

Marie Muhlke

Marie Muhlke

Administrative Assistant

Pam Fox

Pam Fox

Office Manager

Pam Fox was born in St. Clair, MO, and has lived in the St. Louis area all her life. She is married to Jim and has two adult daughters, Jennifer and Melissa. The Fox family have been members at Ascension since 1988. Pam feels very blessed to not only belong to, but also be employed by Ascension.

Gabe Maichel

Gabe Maichel

Directory of Music Ministry

Gabe Maichel holds a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from Webster University. He previously taught at Hamilton Elementary School, and was the substitute organist and musician at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Wildwood. He has taught, directed, and arranged music for handbell and vocal choirs. He plays the piano, organ, percussion, and accordion. He was a lifelong member of Hope Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Emily, were married in June 2017. 

Gagan Gurung

Gagan Gurung

Nepali Evangelist

Gagan grew up in Bhutan, but along with thousands of other Nepali residents was forced by the government to depart from Bhutan at the age of 14. He lived as a refuge at Camp Beldange 3 in Nepal for 22 years, where by the power of the Holy Spirit he developed a curiosity regarding Christianity. Gagan left Hinduism and was baptized on October 13, 2002. Upon being selected for re-settlement  to the United States, he arrived in St. Louis on October 9, 2013, and immediately joined other members of his extended family at the Peace Center. He was instructed in the confirmation class and was confirmed at Ascension on January 12, 2014.  Presently, Gagan serves on behalf of Ascension and CFNA as a missionary and evangelist among the Nepali people, welcoming new arrivals, leading Bible study, and leading Fellowship on Sunday mornings at the Peace Center.

Barbara Hartung

Barbara Hartung

Parish Nurse

Barbara Hartung has been a member of Ascension for over 30 years. She married David Hartung in 1968, and they have 3 grown children: Jill, Beth ,and David Jr., who all attended Lutheran grade school and high school. They have 3 beautiful grandchildren. In 1969, Barbara graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. She retired in 2011 from St. Mary’s Hospital in Clayton. Ascension is very fortunate and blessed to have Barbara as our volunteer Parish Nurse.

Kathy Thies

Kathy Thies

Housekeeper

Kathy Thies has been a member of Ascension since 1997. She and her husband, Chris, have been married over 25 years, and they have 2 children, Katlyne and Emily. Kathy has worked for Ascension as housekeeper since 2007. She has served on the Board of Parish Activities and the VBS committee. She currently volunteers with the Youth Ministry of Ascension.