Good Shepherd Leaders

Good Shepherd members elect individuals to serve on the congregation council and other groups that provide volunteer leadership, working with Pastor Wendy and many other volunteers to be God’s hands in our community and world.


Committee members, both ad hoc and ongoing, and other helpers are needed to be part of our mission of service and learning. Let us know how you’d like to be involved or if you have questions by contacting those listed below, Pastor Wendy or Nicole in the church office.


GSLC Council Highlights (all PDFs)

Jan. - Mar. 2021


Congregation Council

  • Sue Cottrol, President

    (1st term 2021; 1-year term; limit: 3 consecutive)

    gslc.councilpresident@gmail.com

    What’s a Bible verse or spiritual concept that’s meaningful to you?

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God who are called according to His purpose.


    What service do you usually go to? 8:30 AM


    Where did you grow up? On a farm outside of Bowling Green, Ohio.


    What’s an example of how members can help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    During my 36 years of membership in Good Shepherd I have evolved from a young single, to busy working mother, to retired empty nester. So too has evolved my involvement in church life: distributing food at homeless shelters, assisting in the nursery, shoveling snow-packed church parking spaces and serving as Sunday school superintendent. Now, as president of the church council I am charged to invite and encourage church members to serve as leaders of our ministries and committees. I’m hoping that in the coming weeks, as they “Meet the Shepherds” that our members - at whatever their stage in life - will be inspired to become involved in our ministries be it volunteering at a one-time event or serving in a church leadership role.

  • Lori Strauss, Vice President

    (1st term 2021; 1-year term; limit: 3 consecutive)

    straussjanusz@gmail.com

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    Micah 3:5 What does the Lord God ask of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.


    What service do you usually go to? 9:45 AM


    Where did you grow up? Whitewater, WI (But I’ve lived in Alexandria for the past 20 years.)


    What’s an example of how members can help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    As the VP of church council, my ministry area is supporting everyone else’s ministry areas by thinking through strategies and connecting committee leads to create a communication team. I’ve enjoyed participating in several areas of the church experience- from teaching Sunday School, to serving on the Anti-Racism Team- to leading evangelical outreach for a few years. Leaning in and stepping up have helped me feel more engaged with my own spiritual development and engaged with our community. You may see a need and feel called to serve. Reach out and we’ll connect you.

  • Scott Baker, Treasurer

    (serving 2021; 1-year term; limit: none)

    bakerSC3@aol.com | 703-553-4018

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    Matthew 22: 37-40 ’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘ Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.


    What service do you usually go to? Currently: 8:30 AM


    Where did you grow up? Some say I haven’t, but I was raised in what was a small town, Hudson, Massachusetts, 45 minutes west of Boston and 15 minutes north of Worcester.


    What’s an example of how members can help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    Support our church’s ministries and operating fund with your offerings. The treasurer (working with the staff bookkeeper) is responsible for paying all the bills and debts of the church. This includes all expenses, salaries, payroll taxes and charitable endeavors supported by Good Shepherd.

  • Denise Gray, Financial Secretary

    (serving 2021; 1-year term; limit: none)

    gray22301@gmail.com | m: 571-216-2371

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.


    Just saying the words out loud is like taking a deep calming breath. It reassures me that despite how crazy the world can be, God’s hand is at work and we need to have faith even when events occur that are so unjust or so painful. This verse gives me a quiet confidence - it's like God saying very clearly, "Learn to trust me – I got this."


    What service do you usually go to? Usually 11 AM


    Where did you grow up?

    All over Montgomery County MD (Twinbrook, Rockville, Derwood, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Damascus, Bethesda). But when I married Tim in 1997, I “crossed the river” and moved to Alexandria, VA. I have loved my Rosemont neighborhood from the moment I moved here.


    What’s an example of how members could help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    • Volunteer as a counter. We work in teams of two every Sunday.
    • Consider participating in online giving (Simply Giving), which provides for consistent income over the course of the year for our church.
    • If you have financial expertise, consider joining Council or assisting with our annual audit.
  • Sally Eastman, Recording Secretary

    (serving 2021; 1-year term; limit: none)

    sal-e@comcast.net

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.


    What service do you usually go to? It really varies these days but before the shutdown, my family and I usually attended the 9:45 service.


    Where did you grow up? In Howell, Michigan, a small town halfway between Lansing and Detroit and close to Ann Arbor. (Go Blue!)


    What’s an example of how members could help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    I’m the recording secretary so I take the meeting minutes at the council and congregational meetings, and I don’t require any outside help unless I’m unable to attend. Before this, I was a Sunday School teacher for a number of years teaching many different age levels. There are so many ways to be involved at Good Shepherd. In addition to the obvious – council, Sunday School – I ask members to think about what they enjoy doing or are good at. For example, my son recently did yard work for the church and Robbie Morris makes art installations for the grounds. You don’t need to wait to be asked.

  • Beth Hickey, Legal Trustee

    (serving 2021-2022; 2-year term; limit: none)

    thinkermom@gmail.com

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”


    What service do you usually go to? 11 AM


    Where did you grow up? Ridgewood, NJ


    What’s an example of how members could help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    The legal trustee is concerned with risk, so if anyone sees safety or flooding issues, they should report them to me or the council president.

  • Theresa Szkromiuk, Worship & Music Ministry Chair

    (serving 2020-2021; 2-year term; limit: none)

    tszkromiuk2@yahoo.com

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    Luke: 24:13-35, on the road to Emmaus, particularly the last verse Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he (Jesus) was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


    It’s been encouraging and meaningful to me that the disciples discovered and recognized Jesus in something broken, in something being broken open. It has been a reminder to me that there is nothing wrong with brokenness, that there is much holiness in brokenness, and that Jesus makes himself especially known in the seemingly broken.


    What service do you usually go to? 8:30 AM


    Where did you grow up? Willow Grove, PA, just north of Philadelphia


    What’s an example of how members can help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    We are always looking for new volunteers to assist with worship, through reading, assisting minister, and zoom hosts. There is training and support available for these opportunities and I’m happy to answer any questions.


  • Jodee Heidmann, Youth Ministry Chair

    (serving 2020-2021; 2-year term; limit: none)

    jodee.jewell@gmail.com

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal... resonates with me and my role at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Council. Marrying later in life, and being raised Catholic, my mother always told me I just need to find a good "Christian" boy and this bible verse was included in a reading at our wedding. AJ was the son of a Lutheran minister, and his Dad's five brothers and one sister were also Lutheran ministers so I'm always thankful for my Mom's advice and blessed to have found my match!


    What service do you usually go to? 9:45 service


    Where did you grow up? Kennewick, WA


    What’s an example of how members can help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    Participate, and keep your children involved in the events planned so all the kids continue to develop strong relationships with each other for life-long memories.

  • Scott Ponsor, Staff Support Chair

    (serving 2021-2022; 2-year term; limit: none)

    scott.ponsor@gmail.com

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    Prayer for Generosity of St. Ignatius

    Lord, teach me to be generous.

    Teach me to serve you as you deserve;

    to give and not to count the cost,

    to fight and not to heed the wounds,

    to toil and not to seek for rest,

    to labor and not to ask for reward,

    save that of knowing that I do your will.


    What service do you usually go to? 8:30 service


    Where did you grow up? San Bernardino, CA


    What’s an example of how members can help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    This has been difficult in COVID times, but we'll soon return to our normal opportunities. Please consider engaging with our staff and seeing what appeals to you. The easiest method might be to support our congregation's spend plan with the giving of your offerings.

  • Corinne Baker, Communications Chair

    (serving 2021-2022; 2-year term; limit: none)

    corinnebbaker@gmail.com

    What's a Bible verse or spiritual concept that's meaningful to you?

    James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only…


    What service do you usually go to? 11 AM


    Where did you grow up? Rice Lake, WI


    What’s an example of how members can help/volunteer in your GSLC ministry area?

    Communications: Whether for a particular event or on a more ongoing basis, we’re looking for folks to take photos and videos and/or interested in interacting with our communities on GSLC’s social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).


    Anti-Racism Team: Take part in activities, help to plan one or join the team. Join in on conversation and practice leaning into the discomfort that can come. Participate in a book or film discussion, learn from BIPOC writers, filmmakers, creators and thinkers and access resources for self-education.

Community Outreach Chair (2-year term; limit: none)

Denise Gray (serving 2020-2021)


Education Chair  (2-year term; limit: none)

Christine Redon (serving 2020-2021)


Evangelical Outreach Chair (2-year term; limit: none)

Robbie Morris (serving 2021-2022)


Stewardship Chair  (2-year term; limit: none)

Chris Hoeffner (serving 2021-2022)


Youth Chair  (2-year term; limit: none)

Jodee Heidmann (serving 2020-2021)

 

Finance Chair  (2-year term; limit: none)

Randy Parker (serving 2020-2021)


Property Chair  (2-year term; limit: none)

Denise Elfes (serving 2020-2021)


Staff Support Chair (2-year term; limit: none)

Scott Ponsor (serving 2021-2022)


Mission Endowment Fund Committee

Members (3-year term; limit: 2 consecutive)

  • Scott Baker (second-term 2021-2023)
  • Mark Edwards (second-term 2021-2023)
  • Denise Gray (second-term 2021-2023)
  • Chris Hickey (second-term 2019-2021)
  • Heather Martin (second-term 2021-2023)

ALIVE Representative

  • Open

2021 Synod Assembly

Voting Members