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.
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.
her husband 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.
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.
After growing up in Newton, MA, Petra and her late husband Richard moved their young family to Reading in 1986. Throughout her time in Reading she has continued her lifelong passion for engaging with and giving back to her community. As a founding member and President of Reading Recycles Plastics, Petra partnered with a passionate group of friends and neighbors to lead the effort that would eventually become the curbside recycling program we have in town today. Additionally, she spent a number of years volunteering her time and professional experience as Treasurer for the Reading Scholarship Foundation.
Faith has always been central to Petra’s life and she enjoyed her time in previous congregations as an active parishioner and religious education instructor. Seeking new opportunities to celebrate her beliefs, Petra was introduced to the Church of the Good Shepherd by a close friend and fell in love with the warmth and welcoming nature of the community. As a new member of the vestry, she is looking forward to welcoming new members to this wonderful church.
and her husband Ray have lived in Reading and currently in North Reading for over 40 years, and have been members of CGS for almost as long. They are the proud parents of Ed and Kate and grandparents of Lina, Clara, and Rosalind. Barbara and Ray have both been active in CGS and Barbara is currently a member of Vestry and Finance Committee as well as being a Eucharistic minister.
Barbara has a degree in math and is retired from a career as an actuary at John Hancock Insurance. She currently spends her time volunteering as a math tutor as well as knitting and cooking. She and Ray love to travel, especially to see their grandchildren.
Brenda Woodbury grew up in the UK & was baptized & confirmed in The Church of England. After qualifying & practicing as a RN & then midwife,she emigrated to the USA. At The Methodist Hospital in Houston,Texas, she qualified as a cardiovascular nurse specialist & worked with the pioneering heart surgeons & cardiologists. Moving to Boston in 1973, she worked at MGH & MEEI and eventually began graduate studies at MGH, IHP. She married Bruce Woodbury & moved to Reading in 1991. After graduating, she spent the final 20 of her 50-year nursing career as a nurse practitioner at The North End Health Center in Boston. She & Bruce enjoy their families, friends, cooking & gardening together. Brenda travels, attends the arts & musical offerings & loves being a member of The Good Shepherd community.