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Tina Thomas, Sr. Warden
The senior warden works with the rector on many long and short term ministry projects. The senior warden is appointed by the rector, approved by the vestry and generally serves a term of three years.
Bill Baker, Jr. Warden
The junior warden works with the rector and the Building and Grounds committee on building and maintenance issues. The junior warden is appointed by the rector, approved by the vestry and generally serves a term of three years.
The vestry is the “board” of the church and works with the rector to engage the congregation in leadership ministry. The vestry is responsible for the annual operating budget and partnering with committees in all areas of congregational life. Members of the vestry are elected every year at the Annual Meeting (May) and generally serve three years.
Cynthia Fraser, Registrar
Mary Ellen Gervais
Harry C. Gormley, Jr.
Bill Nesbitt, Treasurer
Meet the New Vestry
I feel very blessed to have found Good Shepherd when I was church shopping in the spring of 2018. I was drawn to the warmth of the congregation, the beautiful sanctuary, and the strong music program. At that time Arianne was on sabbatical and I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Sexton. She made a point of speaking to me after the service, and then connected me with Kevin King. I was able to join the choir just in time for Easter!
Growing up in southern Delaware, I went on a bit of a religious journey with my family through various Christian denominations before settling on the Episcopal Church. I have lived primarily in Baltimore since graduating from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY with a B.A. in history. After working in restaurants for ten years, I decided to seek new job opportunities early in the pandemic. I now work as a real estate sales manager for The Greatest Moves Team of Re/Max Advantage.
I live with my partner, Jeff Riling, in the Canton neighborhood. I enjoy meeting friends new and old, reading, swimming, traveling, cooking, and hospitality. I strive to live each day with love and compassion, and seek to help those in need, particularly in the areas of social/racial justice and addiction. I look forward to serving on the vestry and engaging with more of the wonderful community of Good Shepherd.
I moved to Maryland in April 2017 to be near my oldest son and his family, who live in Riderwood. My first wife of 53 years passed in 2015. I married Elaine Tsubota in 2018. We had the blessing of our marriage at the Church of The Good Shepherd in April 2019. We live in Mays Chapel. I am the father of three sons and the grandfather of eight. In early 2018, I began searching for a church home. I must have attended services in at least six Episcopalian churches before we found Good Shepherd. It was love at first visit! We have been faithful attendees every Sunday either in person or on YouTube ever since. I have served on the Micro Loan committee with Snowden Stanley. My participation in Church activities has been limited by COVID. However, I am anxious to serve as an active member of the Vestry.
Professionally, my career started in Washington, D.C. as a research associate with the National Academy of Public Administration. I served almost two years as staff and consultant in the Carter White House. I lived in Kensington, Maryland for 15 years. This was followed by my earning a Ph.D. in political science and public policy from Indiana University. I served in a cabinet level position in the State of Kansas as President of an economic development strategic planning and research agency. After ten years in that position, I returned to Indiana and worked with the Indiana Association of United Ways in research and advocacy on welfare-to-work programs. While there, I founded the Indiana Institute for Working Families to help the poor advance to living wage jobs. The Institute is still going strong. After retirement, I remained in Indiana until my wife passed.
My eldest son died suddenly in February 2021. The Church of The Good Shepherd, Arianne, my wife and my faith have been of tremendous support throughout the past year.