Church of the Good Shepherd
Friday, August 18, 2017
Meeting you where you are on life's journey.

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.

Our Clergy

The Rev. Alanna M. Van Antwerpen, Priest in Charge
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.

Our Staff

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.




Abbie Law, Communications Secretary



Abbie grew up in Hollis. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Keene State College. Abbie was married here at CGS by Odie 24 years ago, and she and her husband settled in Hollis. She left a career in banking to raise her family. Abbie enjoys scrap-booking, gardening, and reading in her free time.





Brett Greene, Music Director

 Brett grew up in rural Wooster, Ohio and began piano study at age 7 and organ study at age 13. As an adolescent, he served two churches as organist. Brett graduated from the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and a Master of Music in Organ from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Brett has served St Paul Lutheran Church, Reading, Ohio as Organist/Director of Music and Worthington Presbyterian Church, Worthington, Ohio as Organist/Associate Director of Music. He has worked as an organ tuner, organ maintenance technician, and craftsman for the Muller Pipe Organ Company.

Brett has been involved in professional organizations and served for two years on the Executive Committee of the Columbus Ohio Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. An advocate for the development of organists and church musicians, Brett maintains a private piano and organ studio and gives lessons to students of all ages. 


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.



 Dan Alberts, Youth Ministry



Ashley Perry, Nursery Coordinator

Ashley graduated from Plymouth State with a degree in childhood Studies, and has worked the last few years in the Nursery and other pre-school classes at the World Academy in Nashua. She resides in Nashua with her dog Koda. She enjoys singing, softball, cheerleading, crafts and spending time with friends and family.


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 Verger is Harvey Shaw.


Harvey Shaw, Verger

The Front Door Agency (formerly the Nashua Pastoral Care Center)
To contact any Front Door staff visit their website or phone 603-886-2866603-886-2866.

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