Staff and Leadership

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@cgsnashua.org

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 attended The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, earning 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 is grateful for having experienced the joys of being a partner in ministry with the community of Good Shepherd.  

In her tenure at CGS Alanna has collaborated with the Sunday School Coordinator on Children's faith formation, helped the community incorporate green stewardship initiatives, led various Lenten Series programs, served as Chair of the Episcopal Church of NH Clergy Development Committee and Safe Church Steering Committee.  Alanna and the CGS community were awarded the 2015 Lilly Foundation Grant for Clergy Renewal which afforded the community to host the "Walking in the Light" spiritual renewal program. Alanna currently serves as President of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council and joined the Board of Directors of The Front Door Agency July 2017.   For a sample of her sermons click here.

The Rev. Kate Harmon Siberine, Curate

curate@cgsnashua.org


The Rev. Kate Harmon Siberine grew up in New Providence, NJ, where she fell in love with God on the banks of the Passaic River and in the liturgy and community of the local Episcopal church. After studying history and religion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she joined the Julian Year, an Episcopal Service Corps program in Chicago that focuses around living simply in intentional community and served as the volunteer manager at a homeless shelter and as a chaplain intern at Bishop Anderson House, an agency that provides pastoral care to medical centers in Cook County. While a student at Virginia Theological Seminary, she focused on preaching, theology, mission, and Christian formation, writing a master’s thesis on youth confirmation while assisting as seminarian and youth leader at Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg, MD.

She was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Chicago in July of 2016. Prior to joining the CGS staff, she served as a hospital chaplain resident in surgical oncology and in-patient behavioral health at Providence Portland Medical Center and as Priest Associate at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon. In addition to the joy she finds in her ministry, Kate also has a great deal of fun while hiking, practicing yoga, and growing way too much arugula and is supported both in work and play by her fantastic husband Zac.    

Kate is thrilled serve Church of the Good Shepherd as Curate, focusing her ministry on helping young people claim their own discipleship, gathering together for worship, and proclaiming the Good News of God’s presence in our midst through caring for one another and in outreach in the community. 

The Rev. Frederic W. Reynolds, Interim Consultant 

The Rev. Frederic W. Reynolds has served as a priest in the Episcopal Church since his ordination in 1978.  Fred describes himself as a lover of Jesus who helps people grow their hearts and souls.  As an Interim Consultant, he is excited to help CGS clergy, vestry, staff and parishioners to recognize and utilize their Christian core values and purpose to be people of love and justice as we move through this transition time.

For the first part of his priesthood, Fred served/churches in Kennebunk Maine; Bay Shore Long Island, NY; Sackets Harbor/Watertown, NY; and as Chaplain/Teacher at the White Mountain School here in NH.  From 1995-2014 Fred served as Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a metropolitan 1,000-member parish, in Rochester, NY.  In addition to his formal theological training, Fred holds certificates in Celery Leadership Training, Interim Ministry and has been a Co-facilitator for a weekly clergy coaching program through the Clergy Leadership Institute.  He has been an effective pastor, helping individuals to lead healthier lives and has transitioned a parish from conflict to a new future that included building a new church. 

Fred retired from full-time ministry two years ago, moving to Portsmouth with his wife Jane.  They have three adult children.  Fred enjoys biking, hiking and travel.  He loves to laugh and bring joy into people’s lives.


 

Our Staff

Laurie Ascani, Parish Administrator

lascani@cgsnashua.org


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

communications@cgsnashua.org

Abbie grew up in Hollis. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Keene State College. Abbie was married at CGS 
25 years ago, and she and her husband, Scott, settled in Hollis. She left a career in banking to raise her family then joined CGS staff in 2015. Abbie enjoys scrap-booking, gardening, and reading in her free time.
 

Brett Greene, Music Director 

music@cgsnashua.org


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.

Nancy Madeira, Youth Ministry

youth@cgsnashua.org

Nancy is a cradle Episcopalian who had been a parishioner of Church of the Good Shephard since the age of 6.   She was active in the youth group (EYC), past member of the Vestry and was a Sunday School teacher for 17 years working with the 3-4 year olds and 5th and 6th Grade Riser’s.   A graduate of Plymouth State with a BA in Art has worked in the print and packaging industry for over 30 years.   Nancy is very excited to be involved with youth ministry and working with the youth, parents, advisers and clergy.

Mary O'Reilly, Sunday School Coordinator

moreilly@cgsnashua.org

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.
 

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.

Our Vergers





John Townsend

vixca@comcast.net
John Townsend 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.

Howard Titus 

Howard Titus is a life long Episcopalian, baptized in St. John's Episcopal Church in Winthrop, MA. He has been a member of Good Shepherd since 1989. He is a retired engineer for BAE Systems, and has been privileged to travel extensively both within the USA and overseas for his work. Married to Sharon, they have one son, Prescott, who currently lives in Quincy, MA. Howard enjoys reading history and biography as well as umpiring baseball.

John Rowntree

John Rowntree has been a member of the parish for over 20 years. In addition to his role as verger, he has represents Good Shepherd in the Nashua Interfaith Council, serving as the organization's treasurer. In the past he served on the vestry for five years and as a Diocesan delegate for nine years. John serves on Diocesan Mission Resources Committee and Nominating Committee and Nominating committee. He is also co-mentor of our Education for Ministry group for Adult Christian Formation.  

 

Brian Wisnosky, Sexton


Our Vestry

Vestry members are elected by the congregation at the January Annual Meeting as the governing body of the parish.  The Vestry gives support and guidance to the Clergy and Congregation. 

Our Vestry is comprised of about a dozen at large members who serve alongside four Executive Committee Members: Senior Warden (President), Junior Warden (Vice President), Clerk and Treasurer.  For a current Vestry listing and their assigned liaison ministries please see our Newsletter.

Jill Rosier, Senior Warden


Jill has been a member of CGS since 1995 and is a lifelong Episcopalian. She very much enjoys serving on Vestry. Previously she was the Sunday School Coordinator for 4 years, and continues to help out as a substitute Sunday School teacher. She grew up in upstate New York and presently resides in Hudson with her husband and daughters.


Brian Taylor, Junior Warden


Brian is a Nashua native and remained in the area after graduating from college. He and his family have been active members of the CGS community for over 15 years. Brian, his wife and three children live in Hudson.




 
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