Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 26 after the 10:30 am service in Talbird Hall. Join us for this meeting and fellowship meal – please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share; the church will provide the main course.

At the meeting, we will review how Good Shepherd ended 2019 and what plans we have for 2020. We’ll also thank our outgoing Vestry members for their service to the parish and meet our incoming members, Katherine Currin, Henry Oehmig, Tim Manson, and Blair Ramey! Learn a bit about our incoming Vestry below.

Katherine Currin

Katherine joined the Church of the Good Shepherd in 2013. She and her husband, Sam, have three sons – Sam, Crawford, and Rob. Two of her sons are currently enrolled in Good Shepherd School and the other is a forest kindergartener at Wauhatchie School. She is a native of Birmingham and a graduate of Sewanee, where she earned a degree in Environmental Policy. Katherine was the founding Executive Director of an east Chattanooga neighborhood revitalization project called Glass House Collective. She currently serves as a Trustee to the Lyndhurst Foundation and serves on the boards of Good Shepherd School, Stove Works, and the Hunter Museum. She also volunteers with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

1) Why do you feel called/led to be on the vestry of Good Shepherd?
I feel called to serve on the vestry of the Good Shepherd because it is a central part of my personal spiritual growth. It is also one of my greatest supports as a mother and I want to return this gift through service to the church.

2) What gifts and talents do you bring to the vestry community?
I would like to help engage the younger parishioners in the various services, programs, and outreach efforts of Good Shepherd. I also hope to apply my experience in fundraising to help support and sustain our church for generations to come.

Henry Oehmig

Being the son of an Episcopal priest, I grew up in the Episcopal Church. For most of my youth, I attended St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Trion, GA, where my father, Rev. King Oehmig, was the rector. My wife, Mary, and I moved back to Chattanooga in 2014 and became parishioners at Church of the Good Shepherd. We live on Lookout Mountain and have a son (Hank, 6) and daughter (Laura, 4). I have worked in operations and development roles in different industries the past 15 years. My work life is now focused on running a local business that I own, Alchemy Spice Company. I went to college at Sewanee: The University of the South and business school at Vanderbilt University.

1) Why do you feel called/led to be on the vestry of Good Shepherd?
Serving on the vestry at Good Shepherd is a way for me to support and give back to the church and community that are very important to me. Our children have attended the Good Shepherd School and Mary has been a teacher there for the past 3 years, so Good Shepherd plays an active, central role in our family’s spiritual and daily lives.

2) What gifts and talents do you bring to the vestry community?
I’m an entrepreneur by nature, so I hope to contribute skills that I rely on often, like project planning, creative problem-solving, and team communication. I look forward to collaborating with the vestry and supporting Good Shepherd however I can.

Tim Manson

I have been married for 38 years to Virginia Anne and we are the parents of three grown children, Tim IV, Corey, and Ellen. Tim and his wife Schuyler have given us two wonderful granddaughters, Beatrice and Rosalie. I am a graduate of Washington and Lee University and am President of Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc., which operates two textile plants in Valdese and Ranlo, NC. In years past I have served on the board and as Chairman of the Chattanooga Boys and Girls Clubs, the board of the Good Shepherd School, and on the vestry of Good Shepherd.

Other than a three-year stint in California as newlyweds, VA and I have lived on Lookout Mountain. I grew up in Good Shepherd and we were members for many years. Several years ago, so we and our kids could attend church with VA’s parents, who were getting older, we moved to First Centenary downtown. We are now back at Good Shepherd and it is great to be home. What makes it even greater is how we have been welcomed back by this loving parish.

1) Why do you feel called/led to be on the vestry of Good Shepherd?
VA and I have always believed that it is important, and spiritually nourishing, to find ways to serve and be active in the church. Certainly, service on the vestry is a way to do this. Being back at my home church, which has turned out to be more satisfying than I even anticipated, makes this desire for service even greater.

2) What gifts and talents to you bring to the vestry community?
Having been raised in Good Shepherd, coupled with previous vestry experience, and having been a part of another church for a time, hopefully gives me a perspective that will add value to my work on the vestry. I look forward to doing productive work with the remaining and new members of the vestry along with our wonderful clergy. I am truly humbled to be considered for this role so soon after my return to Good Shepherd.

Blair Ramey

Blair Ramey is originally from Tuscaloosa, AL. Blair is married to Tiffany Hartman Ramey who was raised on Lookout Mountain. They met at Wake Forest University where they both earned undergraduate degrees and Blair earned an MBA degree. Blair and Tiffany lived in Winston-Salem, NC before moving to Lookout Mountain in 1997 and soon after joined the Church of the Good Shepherd. They have two sons, Alexander Blair Ramey (24) and Charles Patrick Ramey (20), and three dogs, Lilly, Teddy, and Deacon. Tiffany, Alex and Patrick are all graduates of the Good Shepherd School.

Blair worked for Chattem, Inc. for 21 years holding a variety of positions in the Marketing, Innovation and Business Development departments where he helped set the vison for and steward the growth of several consumer health and beauty aid brands such as Icy Hot, Aspercreme, Unisom, Cortizone, ACT, Selsun Blue and Gold Bond. Blair has recently started a new chapter of his professional career and is currently an independent consultant offering support to Private Equity investments in consumer goods companies.

Blair has been an active member of the Lookout Mountain community serving as a coach for several of the Lookout Mountain Recreation leagues and as a member of the Good Shepherd School Board, Church of Good Shepherd J2A program, Fairyland Club Board, and City Council of the City of Lookout Mountain.

1) Why do you feel called/led to be on the vestry of Good Shepherd?
For more than 20 years, my relationship with the Church of the Good Shepherd has grown through worship, fellowship, and the inspired teaching of a committed Clergy. I have witnessed many people do countless acts of good for the wellbeing of others through the Church of the Good Shepherd. I have also seen the Church of the Good Shepherd be a source of comfort, peace and understanding during times of personal challenge.

2) What gifts and talents do you bring to the vestry community?
For these reasons, I am honored and humbled by the invitation to serve the Church of the Good Shepherd as a member of the Vestry and will lean heavily on instinct, empathy and love to understand and represent the congregation.