2018 Vestry Members
The Good Shepherd Vestry is the governing body of our Church. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances. Vestry members are elected at the annual parish meeting. We hope you get to know each Vestry member and feel free to express your thoughts and opinions to them as we work together for the good of the church.
A Colorado native and cradle Episcopalian, I grew up in Cortez and attended St. Barnabas of the Valley, where my mother was the parish secretary for nearly 40 years. During my childhood, my family was instrumental in building and maintaining the Episcopal Church camp for the Western Slope, Camp Ilium, near Telluride, Colorado. It was at Camp Ilium where I first met my wife Jennifer, over 30 years ago. After Jennifer and I married in 1999, we were blessed with two children, Caleb and Maya. We have attended Christ Episcopal Church, Holy Spirit Episcopal Mission but found our spiritual home at Good Shepherd in 2004. The majority of my service to Good Shepherd to date has been behind the scenes, mainly through projects and the Youth Group. I look forward to the opportunity of serving the Good Shepherd family as a vestry member, in a more visible leadership role.
Originally from New Ulm, Minnesota, Nora Earnest moved to Colorado with her husband, Randy, in 2001. They have one son, Eric (age 9).
The Earnest family began attending Good Shepherd in 2009. Nora is active with the children and family ministries at Good Shepherd, and has been involved with the altar flower ministry. For the past three years, she has served as Coordinator for the annual Christmas Pageant, and has also volunteered in the Godly Play preschool classroom. Nora currently serves as a member of the Family Ministry Leadership Team.
Nora received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University – Chicago, and a law degree from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. For over a decade, Nora worked for non-profit organizations, primarily in organizational and program management. In 2011, Nora and Randy created a financial scholarship fund (in partnership with the Porter Hospital Foundation) to support parents with cancer. Nora is also a charter member of Porter Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.
In her spare time, Nora is a member of Faith Club at Good Shepherd, and volunteers as Cubmaster for her son’s local Cub Scout Pack. She also serves as President-Elect on the Parent-Teacher-Organization for her son’s elementary school.
Raised Roman Catholic, Nora has enrolled in the 2016 Catechesis class at Good Shepherd and is preparing to be received in the Episcopal Church in the spring. She welcomes the opportunity to serve the congregation of Good Shepherd in the role of Junior Warden, and looks forward to continuing the meaningful work of the church and the welcoming presence it shares in our larger community.
CLASS OF 2018
Carl Algermissen and his family feel blessed to be a part of the Good Shepherd family – it is the church where he and his wife, Jackie, were married in 1996, where Jackie took confirmation classes, and where their son James was baptized. Carl received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his J. D. from the University of Denver. Carl works at Oppenheimer Funds as Vice President and Senior Counsel, with a focus on corporate and securities law, complex commercial contracts, transfer agency work, and regulatory/compliance matters. Carl is also a concert pianist who, with cellist Ethan Lazarus, recently gave the opening performance for Good Shepherd’s Music with a Mission Concert Series. Carl’s civic activities include service on the St. Anne’s Episcopal School Board of Trustees (1993-2003), the Invesco Ambassadors Charity Board (Board Chairman, 1994-1995), the Colorado Children’s Chorale Board of Trustees (2001-2007), and the Aspen Academy Board of Trustees (Governance Committee Chairman, Executive Committee, 2011-present). Carl’s involvement with the Episcopal Church began in the late ‘70s. He served as an acolyte for many years at St. John’s Cathedral, where he took confirmation classes with Bishop Robert O’Neill (then Canon O’Neill) and was confirmed by Bishop Dub Wolfrum. Carl, Jackie and James live in Highlands Ranch, together with their two adolescent cats.
I was born and raised in New Jersey and attended Protestant Reformed Church through my teen years. I attended Brown University and Georgetown University Law School, and have been practicing law at the same firm in Denver for 37 years as a real estate partner.
I have been married to Kathy Letson for nine years and have two stepsons, Alex and Nick, as well as two older daughters (Carey and Kristin) from my first marriage. Kathy, Alex, Nick and I have regularly attended Good Shepherd for the last seven years. Kathy and I attend the 7:45 am service, and the boys sleep in and attend the 6 pm service. The boys were confirmed two years ago and I acted as their sponsor. I have served on the Stewardship Committee and on one of the numerous Capital Campaign committees. The boys and I serve dinner at St. Clare’s as often as we can. Kathy was on the most recent Stewardship Committee, so we are all active at Good Shepherd.
I would like to serve on the Vestry to assist in expanding the Church’s outreach program, as well as to explore ways to attract younger members to Good Shepherd. When our boys (17 and 19) attend the 7:45 am service during Advent, they are often the youngest attendees, and they are getting tired of placing the animals in the crèche! I would hope to support additional programs for our youth and to aid Alwen’s efforts with our younger parishioners.
I was born in Arlington, Virginia and raised as a Roman Catholic. I left the Roman Catholic Church in my late teens. In December 1967, I was received into the Episcopal Church. I have attended Good Shepherd since January 2005. At Good Shepherd, I have served on several ministries, including the Education Commission, the Marthas and the Altar Guild. I was a facilitator of a group for the Bible in 90 Days program. I am currently a greeter, a Eucharistic Minister and a Eucharistic Visitor. I attended the Alpha and Cursillo programs. I enjoyed these programs both for the spiritual growth and the fellowship. I have lived in Colorado since 1963, when my husband, my three children and I moved here from Virginia. I retired from the Federal government in 2001 after 25 years of service. My work was primarily in the financial and administrative area. I look forward to serving on the Vestry and the opportunity to serve Good Shepherd in this important position.
CLASS OF 2019
I was raised in mainline Protestant churches in my native Seattle and have attended Episcopal churches as an adult. Ron and I came to Good Shepherd in 2008 and stayed because of the welcoming spirit here. I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church by Bishop O’Neill in 2012.
Early on at Good Shepherd, I joined Outreach for in-gatherings and local projects and was Outreach Co-Chair at a time when the Pumpkin Patch was developed. I stepped up for Youth Group activities and have served on the Stewardship Committee and Legacy Society. Currently, I am the Healing Prayer coordinator and a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. This fall, I represented Good Shepherd as lay delegate at the annual Colorado Diocese convention. I also enjoy faith formation study and have taken part over the years in EfM and other small groups at Good Shepherd.
In the wider community, I am on the Leadership Board of St. Clare’s, a food and clothing ministry where I have volunteered for nine years. I work on strategic planning, funding, grant writing, budgeting, staffing, operations, Jubilee Ministry goals and Diocesan requirements. I also volunteer once a month at St. Francis Center helping homeless guests with clothing needs. Professionally, I am a senior paralegal at an international labor and employment law firm where I am responsible for electronic evidence. I graduated from the University of Washington with an honors B.A. in English.
Chris Hall and his family moved to Colorado from Vermont in 2007 and have been active members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church since 2008. Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and has over 17 years of varied experience in accounting, taxation and consulting. His wife Susan has been a member of the Altar Guild Committee for three years. His sons, Evan and Andrew, were baptized at Good Shepherd in 2010, and have enjoyed the youth group over the years. Both Chris and Evan completed their confirmation into the Episcopal Church in 2013. Andrew sings with the choir at Good Shepherd. Chris is currently the Controller at RV Four Seasons in Wheat Ridge, a growing RV Dealership with locations in Wheat Ridge and Loveland. He was the Business Manager at GSEC in 2013 and 2014, and has been an active member of the Finance Committee for four years. During that time he also helped perform the Audits of the Church. Chris and his family live in Centennial.
Deborah Sampson has been an active member of Good Shepherd for more than ten years. She is recently best known in the choir and EveningSong, but she convened the Faith Formation Committee for many years, running the popular Bible in 90 Days program, creating many courses offered during the Faith Forum hour on Sunday mornings and, with other committee members, leading the popular Faith Field Trip class and the Labyrinth Exploration classes in summer sessions.
Deb has a heart for spiritual formation and growth, having offered Morning Prayer, and participated in the Rector’s class on Spiritual Formation and the Spiritual Discernment group. She served Good Shepherd as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Reader, and trained as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor.
In the larger church, Deborah is serving her second term on the High Plains Region Executive Committee, serves as a facilitator for Safeguarding God’s Children, convened a diocesan committee on Faith Formation and participates in Episcopal Public Policy Network – Colorado and Interfaith Voices for Justice. Deborah retired as owner of Sampson & Associates, specializing in change management and software implementations.
class of 2020
I may be a new face to many of you, but I have been attending Good Shepherd with my wife, Kaitlyn, since 2014. We have two young daughters, Madison, who will turn three in April, and Macy, who just turned one. Outside of church, I practice as an attorney with the law firm of Hutchins & Associates LLC in downtown Denver, with a focus on tax, family business, estate planning, and private wealth law.
I currently serve on the Stewardship Committee for Good Shepherd, and my wife and I have volunteered in the Pumpkin Patch each year we have attended (where I often don a shark costume to wave to passing cars).
Prior to Good Shepherd, I attended a variety of protestant churches. In my youth, I split time between Baptist and Methodist congregations, and I later gravitated to nondenominational churches. My wife, who grew up Catholic, encouraged me to explore Good Shepherd and the Episcopal tradition with her as a compromise between our unique faith backgrounds. We feel like we have found a home at Good Shepherd. Having reached the point where our children will become increasingly involved in the church, I feel called to take the next step into church leadership.
As noted by Bob Dylan, “the times, they are a changing.” This is extremely evident at the leadership and administrative level at Good Shepherd. Like many of you, change makes me uncomfortable, but I also realize that we must embrace it as a church body if we want to ensure the survival of the church for future generations. At my age, while not a Millennial myself, I can understand younger generations and what they are looking for. Further, in my career, I often guide family businesses through transitions in leadership, while also helping them to foster participation and leadership from younger generations. I can use these unique perspectives and experiences to help Good Shepherd, and the Vestry, to not only manage change but to make it a strength.
I plan to use my three-year term to lay the foundation for attracting, and retaining, new families and young professionals to Good Shepherd for years to come, while also creating meaningful opportunities for mentorship in our diverse church body.
My wife Shunila and I have been members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church since 2013, and, before that, St. Matthews Church in Parker since 2000. We normally attend the 7:30 AM service. We come from Pakistan where family members have been “cradle” Anglicans for generations. I am an Information Technology professional currently working for Kaiser Permanente.
Everyone who visits a church is looking for something. It might be to experience the liturgy and music they knew as a child, it could also be to make new friends in a new home, or it could be to find support to get through a challenging time. I remember what it is like to be new and searching for a new church to call home. Since joining Good Shepherd, I have found exactly that - a supporting and welcoming family.
I’ve been involved with the Men’s Group, Finance committee, Stewardship campaign, Usher duties, Morning coffee hour and Altar flower ministries at Good Shepard. I know how to read a budget, how to establish new programs, and how to creatively finance operations in difficult times. I hope to use those skills to help Good Shepherd prosper and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Susie and her family joined Good Shepherd about seven years ago when her son Christopher was interested in youth group. Since joining, Susie has worked on the Adult Education Forum, served as a lector and eucharistic minister primarily at the 6pm service and tells stories to the younger members of Good Shepherd in the Godly Play classroom. Most recently she co-facilitated a Hazardous Saints small group. She would like to serve Good Shepherd further in the role of a vestry member.
Raised as a PK (priest’s kid), Susie has been an Episcopalian since birth occasionally seeking out spiritual inspiration through other denominations. A native of Miami, FL, Susie moved to Colorado in 1990 with her husband Parke where they both pursued graduate work in social work and ultimately raised their two sons Galen (18) and Christopher (22). Susie has always served in the area of social justice for individuals with mental illness, families that are homeless and survivors of domestic violence. She is currently the program coordinator at the Rose Andom Center, a family justice center in Denver where law enforcement, legal services and 15 community non profits collaborate to assist survivors in their journey to recovery.