Church Leadership


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. Earl Mahan, Priest-in-Charge
The Rev. Earl Mahan, who is also the Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Manchester, MO, has been a priest since January 23, 1994. He comes to St. Louis by way of Wichita, KS, where he served at St. John’s Episcopal Church for 5 years. He has two young adult children and two dogs (One of the dogs is a “Toller”–a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever–and the other is a “Heinz 57 varieties” dog!). The Rev. Earl is a graduate of Concordia University and Seminary of the Southwest.  He enjoys movies, books, dogs, and the San Antonio Spurs.  He brings experience and a calm demeanor to this new venture in shared ministry.



The Rev. Dr. Maria L. Evans, Interim Assisting Priest
Maria was “Dr.” long before she was “Reverend”–a 25+ year licensed, boarded pathologist and laboratory medical director.  She received her theological formation locally and through coursework from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  She is also truly bivocational, splitting her week between St. Louis and Kirksville, MO, 200 miles away, burning up the roads with her dogs Diamond and Little Eddie in tow.  She is also a trained interim, and recently served as Good Shepherd’s interim pastor for a year, and has agreed to stay on during this transition of shared leadership with St. Luke’s–Manchester.



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.

Pictured in the back row left to right: Jen Holtmann, Greg Pierce, Shara Erdel, Mickey Harrison (Secretary), Rev. Susan Naylor (Deacon), George Gray (Junior Warden);
Pictured in the front row right to left: Lori Fisher (Senior Warden), Linda Eveland, Mike Burd.
Not pictured, Joanne Owen.