Meet our Leadership Team



Lead Pastor, Dr. Rusty Hayes and his wife, Judi

Executive Pastor, Brian Petak and his wife, Heidi

The Ascent Church is staff-directed and elder-protected. The elders of The Ascent serve our congregation through prayer and discernment by shepherding and protecting the vision and mission that God has given us. All elders exemplify the spiritual traits and character as described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.

Our elder team is always available to you and welcomes the chance to serve you, pray with you, or answer any questions. Please feel free to click on their name below if you would to email something or setup a time to meet.

  • Mike McKinney (Chair)
  • Bryan Kavanaugh 
  • Ric Sieben 
  • Rick Unks 
  • Dan York

Learn More About the 2018 Elder Team Confirmation Process