Meet our Leadership Team and Ministry Staff

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

Executive Pastor, Brian Petak and his wife, Heidi

Senior Leadership Team

Dr. Rusty Hayes, Lead Pastor (
Pastor Brian Petak, Executive Pastor (

Ministry Staff

Kelley Tutas, Administrative Coordinator (
Rachel Donahue, Office Manager and Communication Coordinator (

Worship & Creative Arts
Pastor Michael Sweet, Pastor of Worship & Creative Arts (
Michael Dalton, Technical Director (

Ascent Women
Dr. Heidi Petak, Ascent Women's Ministry Director (

Ascent Student Ministries (ASM)
Pastor Mike Donahue, Student Pastor (

Ascent Kids
Jen George, Children's Ministry Director (

Blake Ackerman, Facilities Director (

The Ascent Church is staff-directed and elder-protected. The elders of The Ascent, led by chairman Mike McKinney, serve our congregation through prayer and discernment by shepherding and protecting the vision and mission that God has given us.