Our Team

Barb Marcellus
Administrative Assistant

secretary@ascensionpgh.com

I have been a member of Ascension Lutheran Church since 2001 and the Administrative Assistant at Ascension since April 2008. I am married to Bob Marcellus, my incredible husband, whom I have known since birth (our mothers were roommates in the hospital where we were born one day apart). It wasn’t until many years later (after attending the same church, high school, and being confirmed together—barely talking to each other) that God brought us together at a wedding of a mutual friend. Bob was in the Air Force and I had graduated from college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After a short (8-month) long-distance relationship, we were married in our home church. God has further blessed us with two wonderful daughters, Lisa and Emily, (former Air Force brats) who were born in California and Iceland. I am so happy to be serving the Lord at Ascension!

VANESSA CANDREVA
Music Director

vcandreva@ascensionpgh.com

I have been a musician most of my life, following in the footsteps of my mom, who was a church organist and swing band pianist. I was born in Johnstown, PA, and spent much of my life moving to several towns in Virginia and Maryland, playing flute, clarinet, and saxophone in marching and jazz bands. I enjoyed it so much that I became a Band Director, studying music at Frostburg State University in Maryland, where I pursued both instrumental as well as vocal opportunities. During my 30 years in Pittsburgh, I have been teaching, performing in bands, and participating in church choirs. My hobbies include sewing and making jewelry as well as camping and being outdoors. I feel blessed to help lead the amazing team of musicians at Ascension and work with children and adults to bring wonderful music to the congregation.