The Rev. Libby Berman is our interim Rector
The Rev. Elizabeth “Libby” Berman is our interim rector as we search for a permant priest. Before coming to CGS, Libby was the canon for congregations for the Diocese of Massachusetts. She worked at Harvard University for nearly 10 years as an undergraduate admissions and financial aid officer, also serving as senior advisor in the freshman dean’s office. Following that she was director of admissions and financial aid at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge for two years and then the assistant director of admissions and acting chaplain at Harvard Divinity School.
She is a graduate of Harvard College, and holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master of divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School. She was ordained to the priesthood in 2002.
The Rev. 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. After a career as an insurance underwriter and marketing representative, I 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 Seminary, and was ordained in 2012.
Deacons are non-stipendiary (unpaid) agents of the Bishop. We 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 part of the CGS family - 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 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. 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 resulted in a long-term appointment as organist and choir director at a Methodist church in Somerville.
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.
Gail Rundlett is our Administrator
Growing up in Watertown at St. John’s Methodist Church (formerly down the street from CGS), 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, supporting and working with the community here.
Bernardine Chan is our Children's Formation Teacher
I enjoy sharing in the spiritual journey alongside others. Currently, this takes shape in my work as a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and a massage therapist, and, of course, in my work as Sunday School teacher at Good Shepherd and at home with my husband and three children. In the past, I have been a school teacher and director of educational programs, in the Boston area, Bolivia, and Liberia. I am always looking for opportunities to speak Spanish and engage with different cultures and languages -- so come find me if those things interest you! I enjoy when music, dance, and the arts intersect, particularly during liturgy, and also at home and in the world.
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.
- Lise Paul
- Rachael Thames
- Melanie Sullivan
- Charles Bering
- Sandy Steinberg
- Angelita Caceda
Delegates to Diocesan Convention (These folks represent CGS at the annual convention)
- Stephen Steadman
- Melva James
Vestry minutes from January 2018