Good Shepherd Clergy, Staff, and Vestry

Clergy

The Rev. Robert Childers, RectorRTC

A native of Selma, Alabama and a lifelong Episcopalian, Robert was a lawyer in Montgomery, Alabama prior to his ordination as a priest. He graduated in 1991 from the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea, New York City. Before his call to Good Shepherd in 2008, Robert served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Anniston, Alabama for 13 years. He is married to Terry and they have two adult children, Rob and Liz. Robert loves being a parish priest. When he is not at the church, he enjoys spending time with his wife, yoga, jogging and walking with George, the wonder dog, gardening and, when time allows, brewing beer.

The Rev. Mac Brown, Assistant to the RectorMac1

Mac joined the staff as Assistant to the Rector of Good Shepherd in July of 2013. He is an alumnus of The University of the South, Sewanee, TN where he received his BA majoring in Cultural Anthropology and The General Theological Seminary, New York, NY, where he received his Masters of Divinity. Prior to entering seminary he served Grace Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. He also served as the Lay Chaplain, History and Religion teacher for the Middle School of The Episcopal School of Knoxville. He is an avid outdoorsman with a specific love of the Appalachian Mountains, Cumberland Plateau, and the Tennessee River Valley. Mac and Aloyse have two young children.

As the Assistant to the Rector, Mac’s main responsibilities are for Young Family Ministries, Good Shepherd School Chaplaincy, and teaching Bible Studies and Sunday Morning Formation, as well as preaching and participating in all of Good Shepherd’s worship services.

The Rev. Janice Robbins, Deacon

Janice Robbins

The Rev. Janice Robbins  has been at Good Shepherd since 2008.  She was ordained to the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church in 2001. She currently serves as Assistant Head of School and chaplain at St. Nicholas School, an elementary Episcopal school in East Brainerd.  Her BA is in History/English and a Masters in Education, Administration and Supervision.  She and her husband the Rev. Buckley Robbins have four daughters and 8 grandchildren.

BA. History / English, 1967, University of Chattanooga
Masters in Education,  Administration and Supervision, Trevecca University
Ordained to the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church, 2001
Janice has been with St. Nicholas School since 1974.

 

Staff

Kathleen Crevasse, Director of Christian FormationCREVASSE-CHRIS-13

Kathleen has served at Good Shepherd since 2001, coordinating education and formation efforts for children and adults.  Kathleen graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in humanities and also holds a masters degree in religious studies from Stanford University, but her most prized academic training is her Godly Play Teacher accreditation and the ongoing education she gets from children, sitting on the floor in Godly Play sessions.

Kathleen is very grateful for the myriad volunteers who brighten her day and make formation programs successful at Good Shepherd.  She is especially grateful to her most constant supporters and volunteers (in ways they never could have imagined): husband, Chris, and adult daughters, Tess and Isabel.

Kathleen enjoys reading, walking, drinking good wine and spending time (in person, online, over phone lines) with the people she loves.  She also admits to a small addiction to word games.

Matt Harbison, Director of Youth Programs

Matt has worked in churches from Texas to Tennessee while also being active on community boards and ecumenical ministries in the region for twenty years. For the last fifteen years, he has been the Director of Youth and College at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where he led youth programs that served both the church and community.  Matt helped facilitate the creation of Project Canterbury on the campus of UTC, while also serving on the board for Project Canterbury and Grace Point, the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center of the Diocese of East Tennessee. Matt says, “I am accustomed to rolled yards, camp pranks, and learning new words yearly from teenagers. I love youth trips and watching teenagers seek and serve the divine.”

In his spare time Matt is an astrophotographer and avid amateur astronomer. He is on the board of the Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga as the program chair and get out as often as possible to observe and photograph distant galaxies, nebula and stars.

John Wigal, Director of Music/OrganistWIGEL-JOHN-67

John has served as Director of Music/Organist at Good Shepherd since 2002.  About Good Shepherd John says, “Good Shepherd is an energetic congregation with a variety of interests and artistic skills and this is reflected in our music program and the worship it supports.  The music program welcomes all those interested and has opportunities for all ages.”

Prior to coming to Good Shepherd, John served churches of several denominations in Illinois and here in Chattanooga, and taught at the middle/high school and college levels.  He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Wittenberg University and the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.  He has published with Morningstar Music and is an active member of the American Guild of Organists at both the local and national levels.

John is married to Dr. Cecelia Wigal and they have one daughter, Janelle.  You can often tell when John is at Good Shepherd by the bright yellow 1971 Karmann Ghia convertible in the parking lot – you are invited in for a ride!

Sandy Skorput, Director of Good Shepherd SchoolSKORPUT-SANDY-12

Sandy Skorput is the Director of Good Shepherd School. She graduated from the College of Natural Resources with a BS in Resource Management from the University of Vermont. She spent most of her career working with children in many different environments, both indoor and out and primarily in informal education. Her love developing and implementing pre-school programming and camps in NJ, VT, SC, GA and TN led her to Good Shepherd School. Sandy came to Chattanooga in 1992. After eight years as the Director of Education at the Tennessee Aquarium, she joined the Good Shepherd Staff.  Her experiences in programming, various licensing protocols and management have proven valuable and have integrated well with the similar responsibilities of running a preschool.

Sandy has a daughter, Casey and enjoys spending time with friends, reading and running.

PINEDA-BECKI-6Becki Pineda, Parish Administrator/Financial Secretary

In her position here at Good Shepherd, Becki is responsible not only for the maintenance and upkeep of this beautiful church and the Rectory but she also oversees the sextons and she is the Financial Secretary. Becki is also a Notary and is happy to notarize documents if you need her.

Becki has four sons, one incredible daughter-in-law, four grandsons and one granddaughter.

 

Sandra Alagona, Parish Engagement Coordinator

Sandra is our communications maven and the central point of contact between the church office and guild/ministry leaders. She is responsible for our weekly and monthly print publications, marketing, and website maintenance. She holds degrees in English and sometimes works as an adjunct faculty member at local and online colleges. Prior to Good Shepherd she served as the communications director at Church of the Good Shepherd in Hemet, CA and served on the diocesan communications committee in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

Sandra enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, reading, and creating content for online communities.

 

Harry Brigham, Head SextonBRIGHAM-HARRY-8

Harry came to Good Shepherd in 2011, from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga. He is our Grounds and weekend Sexton. Harry was born in Massachusetts, he and his wife Patty lived in Florida for over 20 years where they both worked for Good Shepherd, in Jupiter, Florida before moving to Chattanooga in 2008. Harry and Patty have three children: Stephen, Jennifer, Ryan and five grandchildren. Harry enjoys fishing and golfing.

Barbara Camp & Byron McKinley, Sextons

 

Vestry

Wilson McGinness • Senior Warden
Philip Lang • Junior Warden
Milly Rawlings   Clerk
Keith Sanford • Treasurer

Class of 2018

  • Anna Kent
  • Wilson McGinness
  • Milly Rawlings
  • Doug Stein

Class of 2019

  • Maggie Corey
  • Philip Lang
  • Karen Lasseter
  • Dawn Pettway

Class of 2020

  • Bena Devaney
  • Tim Millirons
  • George Robinson
  • Tara Wiese

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