My name is Geraldine Mary Chagnon (known as Gerry). I was born and raised in Melrose. I had two sister and a brother (who is a retired doctor). I was married at 19 and had four children, Debbie, Gerri, Rhonda and Ed. I have seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. I was married in Trinity Episcopal Church in Melrose, as were all my daughters. My son was married in Maine. I worked most of my life at various jobs, mostly in accounting. I lived in New Hampshire for five years, worked for a non-profit organization. While working there, I received Citizen of the Year award. I was very surprised and honored. I have been in Reading for almost eight years and one of the first things I did was to look for an Episcopal Church and with God's help I found The Church of the Good Shepherd. Thank you for welcoming me.
Robert Christian moved to Reading in 2003. A transplanted Texan, he arrived in Massachusetts in 1998 and has enjoyed exploring New England ever since. He has undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. A partner in Fox & Christian, a small law firm in Melrose, he devotes much of his practice to court-appointed trial work, representing indigent defendants in criminal and mental health cases in the district, superior and probate courts. He also serves as a court-appointed guardian for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities. He has an amateur interest in theology and a few years ago completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree through the University of London’s distance learning program. He is a cradle Episcopalian and his late father and grandfather served on vestries in different parishes in Texas.
Peter Gorman Raised on Long Island, Peter moved to Newton, Mass., in 1993 after being wooed by his future wife, Julie, who commented on the night they met a year earlier that she would “live and die in Boston.” Over the years, Peter has held managerial roles at several public relations agencies and software companies throughout New England, and currently owns Black Rocket Consulting, LLC., an independent PR consultancy for emerging tech businesses, which he formed in 2013.
In 2001, Peter and Julie moved to North Reading, where they currently reside with their three children, Will, Matt, and Grace. As a former Little League, youth basketball and lacrosse coach, Peter has long been active in his community.
Having both been raised Catholic, Peter and Julie joined Church of the Good Shepherd in 2014 after a long search for a faith-based community which more aligned with their strong beliefs in inclusion for all. Upon joining CGS, Peter leveraged his marketing background to help form and lead the church’s Communications Committee. He has also assisted with the church’s lawnmowing and is currently active in baking for the Bread of Life Feeding Ministry and assisting Julie with church-cleaning duties.
Sumi, Earle, and their children, Vidhya and Jhai, moved to Reading in early 1987 and became members of CGS soon after. Over the years Sumi has volunteered at the church in various ways, such as the vestry, participated and chaired the church fair's, organized the service auctions and progressive suppers. She continues to involve herself in other town civic and charitable organizations and is on her 28th year as a local realtor at Century 21 Commonwealth.
Sumi and Earle grew up in Sri Lanka and lived in the Middle East prior to being relocated to the United States. Accompanying her passion for traveling the world she continues to peruse many hobbies, most of all, Sumi loves being a grandmother.
moved to Reading in 2016 with his wife, Katie, and their dog, Parker. They bought an old house (circa 1880) that needed lots of work, and with the generous help of family and friends, they’ve spent lots of time restoring it. Ryan and Katie love the amazing sense of community they’ve found here. Their beloved son Noah arrived on May 4th, 2017. In addition to charming everyone he meets, Noah enjoys identifying all the parts of the house that have not yet been baby-proofed.
Ryan teaches at the Meadowbrook School of Weston, and he is also a part-time graduate student at the School of Theology & Ministry at Boston College and the editor at Spiritual Parent, a website that explores the intersections of parenting and spirituality.
Joyce grew up in Maine, and as the daughter of church music director experienced several different denominations before choosing to be confirmed in the Episcopal church as a teenager. After attending Bates College in Maine, Joyce became passionate about safety and continues to pursue a career as a safety and business continuity professional at an insurance company.
Joyce met her husband Kevin while still in high school and they were married in St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine after college. They are the proud parents of three children, one of whom is now an adult living in Iowa, and two younger children who are active in the church. Together they have lived in Texas and Florida before moving to Reading.
Joyce has been active in many different activities at the church and looks forward to her work on the vestry.
Spencer is a Hoosier. Born & raised in Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University school of business in 1970 he moved to Stowe, VT for two years. In 1973, he married Susan the love of his life. They are still in the home in North Reading they purchased in 1976. They have two children and five grandkids. Always involved with the kids he coached little league and was Cubmaster. There have been many family trips throughout the USA and abroad. For many years a member of the North Reading Gourmet Club and still loves to cook. Spencer is an amateur athlete participating in marathons, triathlons and long distance lake swimming. Now retired he continues to sign up for events and travels with his Director of Logistics, Susan, at his side.
Spencer and Susan joined the CGS in 2008. They love the close relationships formed in the small and welcoming church and the family values and spirituality afforded to all. This is Spencer's second term on the Vestry. He also serves as Eucharistic Minister. Is on the lawn mowing committee and together with Susan are a cleaning team.
Mary grew up in Reading and married her high school sweetheart, Dana, at COGS in 1992. They moved to North Reading in 1998 and have four children, Luke, Sarah, Laura and Kathryn. Raised Roman Catholic, Mary was received into the Episcopal church in 2002. The whole family have been active members at Good Shepherd over the years. Elected to the vestry in January 2017, former chairman of the Spring Auction and Falliday Fair. She is still involved with the crafts table at the fair and is an active member of the church choir and has played the flute on many occasions.
Mary works full time as Office Manager of SMART Physical Therapy in Reading/Malden. She enjoys music, cooking/baking, knitting/spinning and spending time at her family camp in Maine.
Member of Church of Good Shepherd since 5/22/11. I grew up and lived in Lynn, MA for my first 30 years, and have resided in Reading since that time. Paul and I found Good Shepherd about 6 years ago, after being raised in the Catholic Church. I am still working in the insurance industry after 40+ years, and looking forward to retirement some day. I enjoy a close family relationship with my 2 sisters, my brother, nephew, nieces, great nieces, and great nephew. The Church of Good Shepherd seems like a family too, and I look forward to serving on the vestry.