Leadership: Clergy & Staff
All church members play a role in governance, from decisions in parish life to our national policy-making body, the General Convention. Lay and ordained people, together with the church's bishops, share the responsibilities of ministry, oversight and legislation.
The ministers of the church are lay persons, deacons, priests and bishops.
Odie grew up in Seaford, Long Island, New York. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Hobart College in 1971; a M.Div.from the General Theological Seminary in 1975; and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Psychotherapy from the Andover Newton Theological School in 1996. He was ordained as a priest in 1975.
Odie formerly served as Chaplain at the University of Vermont, Curate and Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey, and Rector at All Saints, Oakville, Connecticut. In 1980 he founded the Waterbury Pastoral Counseling Center in Connecticut. As a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors since 1982 he still conducts a small psychotherapy practice about five hours per week.
Odie has been Rector at CGS since 1986. Shortly after arriving, he was one of the co-founders of the Nashua Pastoral Care Center, the official outreach arm of CGS. He was president of its Board of Directors for six years and has been treasurer since 1993. Odie has served on numerous Diocesan committees over the years, most recently on the Bishop’s Search Committee and the Response Team for Congregations in Crisis. For a sample of his sermons click here.
Although divorced in 1988, Odie and his former wife cooperatively raised their three children, who are now adults. Odie remarried in 2001.
The Rev. Alanna M. Van Antwerpen, Assistant Rector
Alanna spent the greater part of her childhood in Hingham, Massachusetts. After graduation from St. Anselm College with a BA in Philosophy, Alanna was a Jesuit Volunteer (comparable to a domestic Peace Corps program) in Santa Rosa, California at a family homeless shelter. She then served as a staff member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in the Southwest ministering with young adults and doing fund raising and development. Alanna worked in hospital fund raising at the California Pacific Medical Center, and university ministry at the University of San Francisco.
Alanna earned her Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a Certificate in Anglican Studies from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. After graduation, she served as Children, Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator and Church Administrator at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in San Francisco. As part of her vocational formation she interned at Phoebe Home (a skilled nursing facility) in Allentown, Pennsylvania for her clinical pastoral education. Alanna joined CGS in July 2010 and was ordained a priest on the Feast of the Epiphany, 2011 by Bishop V. Gene Robinson on behalf of Bishop Marc Andrus of the Diocese of California. For a sample of her sermons click here.
Laurie Ascani, Parish Administrator
Laurie was born and raised in Nashua. She attended the University of New Hampshire and after graduating lived in Manchester and Hudson but returned to Nashua to live in 1998. Laurie joined the staff at CGS in the fall of 2008. She teaches aerobics part-time.
Chaim Burstein, Bellringers® Director
Chaim joined the CGS Staff January 2011 continuing the great tradition of the CGS Bellringers.
Marcie Byrd, Youth Ministry
Marcie is a cradle Episcopalian and was baptized as a baby at Good Shepherd. Her family took in numerous foster children throughout her childhood. Marcie's involvement with CGS as a youth included Sunday School, youth group, acolyte program and the church basketball team. Marcie was a scholarship Division 1 basketball athlete at the University of Rhode Island. After college and short stays in Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas Marcie returned to settle in Nashua in 1998. Marcie previously served as an advisor for Rite 13 and J2A at CGS. She works full time in the Information Technology office at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Mary O'Reilly, Sunday School Coordinator
Mary has a passion for Children's Christian Formation, she is a seasoned Sunday School teacher and is excited about sharing her gifts as Sunday School Coordinator.
Andria Sousa, Communications Secretary
Andria is a new resident to New Hampshire, moving here with her family in 2011. Originally from Massachusetts, she was raised in New Jersey after her family relocated when she was a small child. Andria returned to Mass. after graduating high school to pursue a degree in writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College. Loving Boston so much she decided to stay and once again returned to Emerson to receive her Master’s Degree in visual media arts. Andria is a diehard Red Sox and Bruins fan, even though she was raised in Jersey. Andria also does freelance writing and blogging.
John Townsend, Verger
John is a lifelong Episcopalian, who came to the Church of the Good Shepherd in 1986 and became involved in many aspects of parish life. He has served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a Eucharistic Visitor and is on the Altar Guild. John has served on various committees, including a three-year term on the vestry. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Rivier College, John has completed the Vergers’ Training Course offered by the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church. Appointed Verger in April 2001, he trained under the late Paul Jauron. Working with John as assisting Vergers are Alice Crapser and Harvey Shaw.
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