Meet the Staff
Pastor Michael Mortvedt
Pastor Michael Mortvedt is serving as the Pastor for the interim while Ascension is in transition between settled pastors. He is a graduate of California Lutheran University and received his Master of Divinity with Honors from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkley California. He has served congregations in California, Colorado, and South Dakota.
Pastor Michael is married to Deacon Cassandra (Sandy) Olson. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Besides traveling to visit with family, they enjoy camping, cycling, and cross-country skiing. One of the highlights of last Summer was bicycling on the Going to the Sun Road to the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
Mandy Roth, who started as Ascension’s Church Office Secretary in March 2019, recently returned to Cheyenne with her husband, Heath, to be near family. She spent the last 15 years in Sheridan where she worked in the medical and dental fields. She also spent 5 years working with developmentally disabled adults at Easter Seals as well as a position as a Chiropractic Assistant. She has recently become a grandmother to Winter Rose, daughter of her oldest son Dalton. Her other son, Everett, lives at home and will be attending the Diesel Tech program at LCCC. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and searching for waterfalls, she is also writing a mystery novel for Penguin Publishing.
Charlie Stevens is a guitarist and music instructor based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He leads Ascension’s 5 p.m. Service of Holy Communion worship service on Saturdays. Charlie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, in May of 2019, earning a music performance degree, with a dual emphasis in classical, and bluegrass guitar.
Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Charlie has been playing live performances for almost a decade and has played with many bands, and musicians, at notable venues in both Connecticut, and Northern Colorado.
Charlie has been teaching private music lessons for 5 years and enjoys watching the successes of his students as they discover their love for music.
Jane Leland Iverson. A native of Minnesota, Jane completed her undergraduate studies at St. Olaf College, earned her M.M. from Minnesota State University at Mankato, and her D.A. from the University of Northern Colorado. She was the Coordinator of Music at Laramie County Community College for nine years. During that time, she received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Arts and Humanitites Division three times. In 2004, she received a Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award. In 2008, she was the recipient of the St. Olaf College Alumni Achievement Award. Jane has served Ascension Lutheran Church as Choir Director and Organist since 1978.
Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming Gaela was introduced to music early by her father’s guitar playing and singing, and regular church attendance at the First Methodist Church downtown Cheyenne. She began piano lessons at the age of 8. Gaela began accompanying various groups very early in her life, and is still enjoying that fine art.
Gaela was a music major and took her studies at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and completed her degree at Kansas State University. She has conducted choirs, taught piano lessons, and taken part in church music programs wherever she and her husband lived.
A favorite memory is her time singing with the AFB officer’s wives club sextet which occasionally joined the USAF Singing Sergeants at area performances. Gaela sang with the Southern Maryland Choral Society, and assisted as rehearsal accompanist for their performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
When the Young’s moved to Cheyenne, Gaela became involved with the music life here at Ascension.