Gwen Neal

Office Manager

Gwen has been Ascension's  Office Manager for over 20 years . She enjoys cooking, working out at the gym , eating healthy food and singing. 

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Ken Kepler

Director of Music

Ken took eight years of piano lessons as a child, followed by two years of organ lessons and then three more years of piano. Along the way, he played cello and viola in school and taught himself the violin and accordion...but back then he regarded music as more of a talent and recreation than a career.

He intended to pursue overseas mission work and therefore earned a theology degree. Time changed things. First, he built a homestead in the hills and worked in a home for the aged. Next, he moved to town and operated a music studio for several years. Later, he better used his formal education by teaching religion and philosophy as an adjunct in a community college. During most of those years and continuously since 1983, he also served as a paid musician in eight churches representing five denominations. 

Born and raised in California, Ken lived in Canada for 35 years and later moved to Michigan where he met his wife Caitlyn. They relocated to Maryland in 2016 and live near Columbia; she works in health insurance benefits and he is active in the Sierra Club and other environmental initiatives. Ken is member of the American Guild of Organists and has served Ascension since September 2020.