• Michael Kytka

    Lead Pastor

    As the lead pastor of Ascension Church, Michael loves sharing his passion toward Christ with his congregation and thinking through some of the common intellectual questions people have toward the Christian faith.  After years of serving in churches across four boroughs of New York City, Michael obtained his Masters of Divinity from Covenant College in St. Louis and went on to plant Ascension in Forest Hills in 2006. He is currently working on his doctorate at Covenant about the role of emotion in pastoral care. 

    Happily married to Roseann since 1991 with two children, Michael Jr. and Alexandra, you may be able to find him reading about the intellectual defence of the Christian faith, inviting his friends to jazz and rock concerts, or watching the Yankees.

    A St. Louis artist and illustrator writes an interesting account of his encounter with Michael:

    The Saint
    The Saint II

  • roseann kytka

    Director of childhood education and events

    With two Masters Degrees in Elementary and special education, Roseann has taught in both public and private schools for over 25 years. She has been the Director of Childhood Education since Ascension’s inception, overseeing both Sunday Education programs for infants to fifth grade and running years of Vacation Bible School camps, EasterFest, ChristmasFest, and a variety of other events. 

    She is mother to Michael Jr (24) and Alexandra (19) and wife to Michael. A native New Yorker, she has been a huge Billy Joel fan since she was a teenager and makes the best meatballs in the city (at least according to her family).

  • Joanne lu


    A founding member of Ascension, Joanne has lived with her husband and two teenage children in Forest Hills for more than a decade. She believes Forest Hills to have just the right blend of city, greenery, and furry animals.

  • Elizabeth moy

    Communications intern

    Currently working towards her undergraduate degree in Corporate Communications from Baruch College at the City University of New York, Elizabeth works with the pastoral team to send out e-blasts, create weekly slides, build relationships with members and regular attenders, and practically anything else that needs to be done! In her free time, you can find Liz dancing to 80s music or spending time with her family.