Clergy and Staff
The Rev. Amy McCreath is our Rector
I am an Episcopal priest, wife, and mother of twins, who is committed to helping people live into the truth of God's love for them. I grew up carrying the cross up and down the aisle at an Episcopal church in Dayton, Ohio, and spent a lot of time  in college at Princeton University thinking about what was true and who God really was. Inspired by the example of religious leaders like Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddleston, I got involved in the anti-apartheid movement and decided to teach history and philosophy in order to help young people chart a course for improving the world. While teaching, I met my husband, Brian, and started to realize that ordained ministry was where I was called to serve.

After attending Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, I was ordained in the Diocese of Milwaukee, and served a great congregation in River Hills for three years. I moved east in 2001 in order to serve as Episcopal Chaplain at MIT, where I enjoyed co-pastoring a student community with Lutheran colleagues and leading a program on ethical issues in science and technology. At Good Shepherd, my work includes being a pastor, priest, and teacher, and working with an amazing group of lay leaders to creatively serve all those who seek hope, healing, and meaning in the Watertown community.
Ken Schmidt is our Deacon

I was raised Roman Catholic, which gives me a great appreciation for liturgy and tradition.  

I am a Vietnam-era Army veteran and attended Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. I enjoyed a career as an insurance underwriter and marketing representative, and became a stay-at-home Dad when my wife and I adopted our daughters in the Philippines. I heard and answered God's call to ministry later in life, earned an MDiv at Andover Newton Theological School, completed the diocesan training for deacons, and was ordained in 2012.

 

Deacons are non-stipendiary (unpaid) agents of the Bishop, and are called to bring the needs of the world to the Church, and the Good News of God's love out to the world. I feel blessed to be called to be a part of the CGS family. This is an amazing community, ready to do amazing work in an amazing time. The Spirit is strong at CGS, with many willing hands to do the work. Together, we will become the church we are called to be. Together, we will do the work God has given us to do.

Linda Lyster is our Organist/Choirmaster

Music came into my life at an early age, thanks to my grandmother, who started me on the piano. While I served as piano accompanist for the high school choir, the music director encouraged me to take organ lessons, which resulted in a position as organist for a local church. I really became “hooked” on the organ when I heard a recording of E. Power Biggs playing Bach on the large pipe organ at the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard. Music then became the focus of my academic training (Western Michigan University, Boston University, private study in France), and subsequently resulted in a long-term appointment as organist and choir director at a Methodist church in Somerville. During this time, I became a member of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, played for a First Night event at Trinity Church, Copley Square, and also presented several solo recitals at Methuen Memorial Music Hall.

 

Now that I’m at Good Shepherd, I have the good fortune to be making music for the glory of God on a weekly basis in partnership with Pastor Amy and with many talented and welcoming people who comprise a very special worship community. I relish the opportunity to be a fellow contributor to your “laboratory for mission,” wherever that path may lead.

Jaclyn Ford and Rachael Thames coordinate Youth Formation
Jaclyn: This is my 5th year working with children at CGS, and my 3rd year working with 4th-7th graders. I love teaching Children's Formation because I love helping the children learn about their faith. In my spare time, I love to run, read, dance, and knit.
Rachael: I'm an early childhood education specialist with a strong commitment to supporting young children in their social emotional development and a passion for educational justice. I love my work with the children of CGS and hope to help spark their desire to be engaged in our faith while becoming peaceful, observant, and active members of our community. 

Gail Rundlett is our Administrator

Growing up in the neighborhood on Broadway and at St. John’s Methodist Church formerly down the street, I have been aware of the Church of the Good Shepherd all of my life.  After living in Brighton for a while, I moved back to Watertown several years ago.  Closing my ballroom dance studio in Brighton Center after 20 years, I began renting space at CGS to teach some dance classes and private lessons. 

 

Throughout my working life I have always been involved in administrative work for business and organizations.  Now as the part-time Parish Administrator for CGS, I find the circle of life quite interesting – bringing me back to the neighborhood I grew up in – like coming home again.   I am glad to be a part of CGS and look forward to supporting and working with the community here. 

Parish Leadership
Our Wardens and Vestry

What is a Warden?
The word warden comes from the middle-English word “wardein” which means to “guard”. The wardens are the elected lay-guardians of the parish. There are two wardens at Good Shepherd and this is generally the case in most Episcopal congregations.


Kate Gyllensvard, Co-Warden
Brad Parsons, Co-Warden

What is a Treasurer?
Basically, a treasurer makes sure our bills get paid and that we are mindful of God's purpose for the money that we receive, advising the wardens and the vestry on our finances.

James Donna,  Treasurer
Melva James, Assistant Treasurer

What is the clerk?
The clerk is our record keeper of all discussions and decisions that the wardens and vestry make.

Jefferson Lyons, Clerk of the Vestry

What is a vestry?
Democratic structures are an important part of governance in the Episcopal Church--including vestries. A vestry is a group of lay people elected by the parish to work with the rector to oversee the temporal health of their congregation. A new group of vestry members is elected at each Annual Congregational Meeting (in January), and all communicants at the Church of the Good Shepherd are eligible to vote.
 
CGS is blessed with an active, working vestry made up of dedicated parishioners who give generously of their time and talent. Our vestry includes people with a variety of skills and backgrounds, ages, and length of time as parishioners at CGS Some are lifelong Episcopalians. Others are relatively new to the Episcopal Church.

Vestry Members:

Jaclyn Ford
Rachael Thames
Melanie Sullivan
Charles Bering
Sandy Steinberg
Angelita Caceda

Delegates to Diocesan Convention (These folks represent CGS at the annual convention)
Stephen Steadman
Rachael Thames