Grace and peace to you! I’m Pastor Victoria Larson, and I’ve served Good Shepherd as co-pastor since May 2018. I came here from Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised, and where I served my first call at Trinity Lutheran Church, Steelton after my ordination in 2015.
Before I was a pastor, I was a seminarian at both the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and Yale Divinity School; and before that, I was a professional actor working in regional theaters in the mid-Atlantic. I studied drama and humanities at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, and can talk your ear off about American improvisational theater and the allegorical use of gardens in Shakespeare’s plays–both areas of studies that have made reappearances in my ministry career! (Oh, just get me STARTED on images of Mary as an enclosed garden in medieval art, or the relationship between improv and congregational action…)
The Spirit drew me to Good Shepherd during a pivotal point in both our lives and since arriving here, I have been deeply impressed by both the warmth of this community and the conviction I find here in the value of the mission and ministry with which God has entrusted us. This is a place that believes in giving itself away in order to find itself, and that explicitly welcomes everyone to come as they are, and I am glad and grateful to have been called here.
Come and join us for worship, service, and community–be part of our journey to follow where the Spirit is leading us next!
Welcome! I am Pastor Jeff Goodrich, and I have had the joy of serving as Pastor at Good Shepherd since July 2009. Apparently, one pastor in the family was not enough, because I am married to Pastor Hannah Brown, who serves a Congregational church in West Concord, MA. We live in Concord, and enjoy our time together with our daughter, Miriam and son, Simon.
Serving at Good Shepherd is my first call out of seminary. Before coming here, I attended Colgate University in central NY, Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I originally grew up near Buffalo, New York, and always look forward to meeting the people of different places.
One of my favorite things about Good Shepherd is the joy that people have for the ministry here. Whether it’s teaching young children the stories of our faith, going on retreats with our youth, singing in the choir, serving meals to those in need, or reaching out and welcoming new faces, we are a community moved by God’s grace to be in ministry for the world.
Come and see what God is up to in this place! You are always welcome to join us as we seek to follow Jesus and listen for God’s call.
You can reach me at ext. 104 and email at email@example.com
I’m Ned Rich, Good Shepherd’s Christian Education Director. I started here this fall and will be working this year with our previous CED, Suzanne Gilliam in a year of transition. I spent 45 years in various engineering positions but have been heavily involved with the learning programs of Good Shepherd for the last 20 years. I am excited about getting to work with the dedicated and enthusiastic staff of Good Shepherd as well as all the children, adults, teachers and parents who take part in our learning programs here. As Suzanne Gilliam says “Learning is lifelong and alive at Good Shepherd”. I am looking forward to making sure it stays that way.
You can reach me at ext. 115 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Bess Sproul, Music Director at Good Shepherd since March of 2011. I was a vocal music teacher in public schools for many years, and have served as a choir director for children and adults since completing my BA in Music Education from the University of Michigan and my MA in Music Education from The Ohio State University. If you love music, I would love to help you to become a part of the music ministry here. There are many ways for children and adults who are musically trained (or eager to learn!) to be involved. Let’s talk about it!
You can reach me at ext. 106 and email at email@example.com
Hello, I am Caryn Francese, parish secretary here at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I grew up in Pittsfield, MA and came to Boston in 1986 to attend Simmons College where I earned a B.A. in French. I have lived in Boston, Nantes, France, and Washington DC. Now I reside in South Grafton, MA. In August of 2008, I was hired as parish secretary and my love for Good Shepherd and the people who make up the membership and staff grows daily. Being parish secretary I am blessed because I have been able to meet most of the congregants. Please stop by the office whenever you are in the neighborhood and let me know how I can help! You can reach me at ext. 101 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I’m Steve Brevik, the church sexton at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I grew up in Sudbury, MA and now reside in Grafton, MA. I have been with the church for almost 3 years and find so much gratification in my duties. I love the people here, both staff and congregants. The life of Good Shepherd has been important in my own life and therefore I joined the congregation shortly after I started working here. I look forward being a part of the community of the church for many years!
I’m Suzanne Hopkins Gillam, Good Shepherd’s Christian Education Consultant. For thirty-five years, I was involved in public education as a teacher and administrator with Walpole Public Schools. I was retired for one day in July 2002 before joining the staff at Good Shepherd. I have worked with dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, parents, and youth in developing Christian education programs for pre-schoolers thru adults. Learning is lifelong and alive at Good Shepherd. I hope you’ll find time to join in the fun, fellowship and learning experiences by signing on as a learner or a leader or both.
You can reach me at ext. 105 and email at email@example.com
We are pleased to have Shell Heusmann as our Nursery Coordinator. Shell grew up at Good Shepherd and her son, Tavin, is a 3rd grader in our Sunday School. She is a graduate of Westfield State College. Shell has worked with children for 17 years as a camp counselor, lifeguard, YMCA swim instructor and assistant swimming program manager at Westborough’s Boston Sports Complex. She also has 3 years’ experience as the Nursery Coordinator for United Parish in Upton. Currently, Shell is living in Uxbridge: and is self-employed teaching private swimming lessons for children and doing freelance photography. It was obvious on her first day, August 28th, that what she wrote on her resume is indeed true: “I enjoy working with children and I am good at it.”
Hello, I am Randy Gomez. I am the Contemporary Music Director here at Good Shepherd. I have been playing piano since age 5 and trumpet since age 7. I have an extensive background in all types of music and in the past have toured to other countries with the New England Youth Ensemble and performed with them in Carnegie Hall. I lead the praise band New Direction in the contemporary service. We rehearse at the church on Wednesdays at 7:30 and we welcome anybody who would like to join us.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org