The Reverend Doctor Ronald J. Dingle
We welcome The Reverend Doctor Ronald J. Dingle as our part-time Pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church. Reverend Dingle was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree with dual majors in Speech and Philosophy. He then attended the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary of Columbus, Ohio (known today as Trinity Seminary ) earning his Master of Divinity Degree in 1962. In 1995 Reverend Dingle earned his Doctorate Degree in Ministry from the South Florida Center for Theological Studies. For his doctoral project he developed L.E.A.D. (Leadership Encouraged And Developed), a summer program for at risk high school students.
Reverend Dingle has served congregations in Los Angeles, California, Columbus, Ohio, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Boca Raton, Florida. Reverend Dingle served Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton from 1967-2002 when he retired. The expansion of Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton was the direct result of Reverend Dingle’s vision for development of the school and surrounding buildings, as well as, construction of Advent Square, a five-building retirement project.
Reverend Dingles denominational activities as well as his civic and community involvements over the years have touched many lives, including helping to build homes for the Boca/Delray Habitat for Humanity and his continued involvement with Food for the Poor. In 1983 Reverend Dingle became involved with Food for the Poor and has personally made 40 mission trips to Haiti. Upon his retirement from Advent in 2002, he has become a speaker for Food for the Poor and has encouraged other pastor friends to be involved with and become speakers.
Reverend Dingle celebrated his 50th year of ordination this summer with a surprise celebration at Ascension Lutheran Church in June and with his former church, Advent Lutheran, in October. In recognition of his achievements while serving Advent, their congregation is building a house in Haiti in his honor.
Reverend Dingle has been serving Ascension Lutheran Church for the past few years and we are truly blessed to have him, once again, come out of retirement to serve this wonderful congregation on a part-time basis.
It is with great joy that we announce the hiring of Dennis Zellmer as the new director of Worship/Music at Ascension Lutheran Church.
Dennis is exceptionally talented on the organ, piano, keyboard and plays 14 different woodwind instruments. Even though Dennis is a classically trained organist and musician, he has much experience and ability in the field of contemporary church music.
Dennis has conducted large choirs of over 200 voices as well as much smaller groups. Choral cantata productions with bell and vocal choirs, gifted soloists, woodwind and brass groups are an important aspect of Dennis’ talented repertoire. Dennis also has experience with children’s music programs, which encourage the youth of a congregation to be a special part of many services.
Dennis has a solo quality voice and has directed and played in many bell choirs in Milwaukee Wisconsin, where he is a member of the American Guild of English Handbell ringers.
We have only touched on a few of Dennis’ many talents as an outstanding musician. Dennis is thrilled to be able to play our magnificent Schantz Pipe Organ. Please join us for a Sunday service to hear not only our talented music director but also our beautiful pipe organ.
Marguerite (Mickey) Dingle
Ascension Lutheran Church is blessed to have the other half of a wonderful team family, Marguerite (Mickey) Dingle leading the youth program of Ascension Lutheran Church.
Mickey was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated in business from Capital University Columbus, Ohio. Mickey has many talents which she and Reverend Dingle have shared during their personal and ministry careers.
Mickey’s involvement at Advent Lutheran Church included the development of a Saturday enrichment program for children of parents in the Boca Raton Society for the Mentally Challenged; teaching the Bethel Bible Series; Coordinator of Sunday School for 150 children; Director and Coordinator of Children’s choirs for 20 years; and Founder and Administrator of Advent Lutheran Early Childhood School/After School and summer camp programs.
Reverend Dingle and Mickey have six adult children and eighteen grandchildren, the oldest of whom was born in 1989 and the youngest in 2010. The entire Dingle family lives in Florida and all have been active in vacationing in the Florida Keys boating, fishing and diving.
Since retirement from Advent, Reverend Dingle built a vacation home in northwest Arkansas, where they spend their summers.
This is a remarkable family and we at Ascension Lutheran Church are so fortunate to have them be a part of our congregation family.