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!
You can reach me at ext. 103 and email at [email protected]
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 protected]
I’m excited to be your new Christian Education Director! When I visited Good Shepherd on Mother’s Day for Ascentria Care Alliance – 3 services and lots of children hopping – I knew right away that I wanted to become part of your vibrant and active congregation. Thanks so much to Suzanne Gillam, who has built a strong Christian Education program over the years, and to Ned Rich, who served ably as interim Christian Education Director. I am honored to continue their commitment and dedication as a new chapter begins at Good Shepherd.
Originally from Maryland, I grew up in New Hampshire, and my grandfather was a Lutheran minister. I graduated from Muhlenberg College and moved to Worcester to become the Lutheran Nursing Home social worker. I was also Christian Education Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Holden. I have an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College. Most recently, I was Resource Developer for the Services for New Americans program, working with church and college volunteers to assist local refugees and immigrants.
I am committed to nurturing faith through lifelong learning in the church. I look forward to partnering with all of you as we grow together in new and exciting ways wherever the Spirit leads.
You can reach me at ext. 107 and email: [email protected]
I grew up in Vernon, Connecticut and has been involved in church and music since a young age. Kirby was a member of the Connecticut Children’s Chorus for nine years and was president of his high school choir at Rockville High School in Vernon. Kirby attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther he studied music and for three years sang in their flagship choir, The Nordic Choir. During his time at Luther Kirby got to work with some of the biggest names in the choral world including, Dr. Allen Hightower, Dr. Andrew Last, Dr. Jeffrey Douma, Dr. Ann Howard Jones, and Dr. Kenneth Fulton. Kirby had the opportunity during his tenure in The Nordic Choir to sing such masterworks as, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, among others. He was also the leader of a student run a capella chamber choir, Jubilus. He is the founder and conductor of the choral group, Vox Populi. Kirby has toured throughout the United States as well as France and Italy. From 2012 to 2013 he was the choir director at First Lutheran Church in Ellington, Connecticut, and from 2015 to 2017 he was the choir director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, Minnesota. He has also guest conducted the chancel choir at South United Methodist Church in Manchester, Connecticut. Kirby teaches private voice and piano lessons at Summit Studios in Manchester, Connecticut. Kirby can be reached at [email protected] or at ext. 106.
I joined the Good Shepherd family in August 2018. Previously, I was the organist of Newton Highlands Congregational Church, in Newton, for 11 years. I also play organ for the Cambridge Korean Presbyterian Church in Arlington.
I was born and grew up in South Korea. I have played piano with choirs and for church services since middle school and majored in the organ for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Ewha Womans University in Seoul. I then moved to US to pursue a Graduate Performance Diploma in Organ in the Boston Conservatory. My husband’s new job recently brought us to Shrewsbury. My husband, daughter, son, and I love it here!
You can reach me at [email protected].
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 University 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 [email protected]
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!
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 [email protected]