Good Shepherd recently entered into a shared leadership model with another nearby Episcopal church, St. Luke’s in Manchester, MO. We are excited about the opportunities this brings in sharing resources and ministries!
The Rev. C. Earl Mahan, who is also the Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Manchester, Missouri, has been a priest and pastor since January 23, 1994. Originally ordained in the Lutheran Church, he was received into the Episcopal Church in 2006. Over the past 25 years he has served congregations in Michigan, Texas, and Kansas. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he comes to St. Louis by way of Wichita, Kansas. He is married to Angela Jones Mahan, and has two young adult children, Trevor and Mikayla. Earl and Angela have two dogs. One of the dogs, Reece, is a “Toller”– a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever– and the other, Mattie, is a “Heinz 57 varieties” dog. Father Earl is a graduate of Concordia University (B.A. in Communication), and Seminary of the Southwest (Master of Divinity), both in Austin, Texas. In his spare time he enjoys movies, books, hiking, dogs, San Antonio Spurs basketball, and music, especially that of his favorite band, The Avett Brothers. He brings experience, humor, and a calm demeanor to this new venture in shared ministry.
The Rev. Dr. Pamela Stuerke was ordained Priest on June 24, 2019, and serves at Church of the Good Shepherd and St. Luke’s part time. She is also Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and Indiana University, her theological formation and education was through the Episcopal School for Ministry. Mother Pamela is also an organist and weaver, and enjoys books, opera, and chamber music.
Deacon Angela graduated from the Episcopal School for Ministry and completed her field experience at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Charles, MO. She was ordained to the diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral on December 18, 2021 and assumed her placement at St. Luke’s and Good Shepherd in January 2022. Angela was born in Yorkshire, England and came to the United States after earning an honors degree in English. She married her husband Bill, an airline pilot, and they raised three sons. Angela and Bill were married for forty-nine years until his death 2013. Graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, had resulted in Angela earning her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She then taught as a professor for many years at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois before retiring and moving to the St. Louis area. She enjoys travel, the theatre, reading and gardening.
For Bobbi, music, her Episco-pups (Sammie and Cinder) and travel are her passions. Travel and music came together with study at the Royal School of Music in London, Ithaca Conservatory of Music and Cornell University. A couple of degrees and many teaching and church positions later, this native New Yorker has found a welcoming home in the choir nest at Good Shepherd.
Debbie Boles, a California native, moved to Missouri with her husband, Tom, in January 2019. She earned her degrees in Child Development and in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics from Cal State East Bay. After many years of teaching, she comes to Good Shepherd with 15 years of experience as an office manager in non-profit organizations. Her two grown children, Greg and Monica, live in Washington state with their fiancees. She enjoys spending time with her husband exploring her new state of residence with their Jack Russel terrier, Karma, and two cats, Cooper and Phinn.
SHARED LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
This new relationship between two churches also creates a need for shared lay leadership. The Shared Leadership Council consists of the priest-in-charge along with the wardens of both parishes, the treasurers of both parishes, and a member-at-large from each parish.
A vestry is a team of elected congregational members, each serving three-year terms, who work with the clergy to help form community, plan, take care of the building and its staff, and make major decisions about our work together.
2020-2021 Vestry Members
Mickey Harrison, Senior Warden
Brenda Finch, Junior Warden
Lesley McIntire, Secretary
Jane Hencel, Alternate