Good Shepherd Clergy, Staff, and Lay Ministers
The Rev. Josh Hosler, Rector
Pastor Josh was called to Good Shepherd in July 2018. He has been an Episcopal priest since 2014 but also served in Episcopal churches as a layperson before then. In addition to his work among us at Good Shepherd, he has served regionally in youth ministry, campus ministry, as co-chair of the Diocesan Commission on Liturgy and the Arts, on the board of the St. Mark's Cathedral Foundation, and as a regional clergy representative to the Diocesan Council. Josh enjoys being married and raising a teenager, keeping up with far-flung friends on social media, singing, composing church music, and chronicling the history of popular music in streaming playlists.
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Roy came to Good Shepherd in August of 2013. He received his doctorate in woodwind performance and pedagogy in 1973 and taught music in small universities in Iowa, Illinois, and Kentucky. Roy was ordained to the priesthood in 1991 and served as rector in parishes in Iowa and Florida. He was married to his wife, Kathy, in 1968, and they have three children and nine grandchildren. Roy enjoys family times, teaching, and reading, especially science, science fiction, and fantasy.
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Dr. Dawn Sonntag, Director of Music
Dawn moved with her spouse, Holger, to Olympia in June 2019 after teaching at Hiram College in northeastern Ohio for eleven years, and she is currently an adjunct lecturer in music composition at Pacific Lutheran University. She has served as a musician in churches across the U.S. and in Germany and loves working with choirs of all ages and levels.
Dawn holds a doctorate in composition and voice performance from the University of Minnesota and masters' degrees in choral conducting, voice performance, and piano performance. She is an active composer of opera and choral, chamber, and orchestral music. She is also an avid hiker and enjoys spending time with her two adult sons and their families, who live in Auburn and Enumclaw. Email Dawn.
Evan Hershman, Parish Administrator
Evan joined the Good Shepherd team in October 2021. He grew up in Federal Way and attended St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Kent. Evan studied history and philosophy at Seattle University, and after completing graduate degrees in New Testament at Yale Divinity School and the Graduate Theological Union, he returned to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a career as a freelance editor, writer, and project manager. In his spare time, Evan can be found reading fantasy and mystery novels, playing guitar, and keeping in touch with the world of academic biblical studies.
Anna Lynn, Diaconal Intern
Anna was assigned to Good Shepherd as a Diaconal Intern in March of 2022. Good Shepherd serves as Anna’s field education placement in her call and process to become a Deacon in the Diocese of Olympia. Anna has been a partner in a valet parking and transportation firm for the past 27 years and resides in the community of Browns Point. Anna is passionate about social justice work, is an avid Seahawk fan and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Eric Laiblin, Sexton
Eric has been part of the Good Shepherd team since 2019. He brings his skills as a building inspector as he helps keep our facilities in working order and supports our ministries in their use of our physical spaces.
Will Cooper and Moira Gaffney, Choral Scholars
Will and Moira are both students at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Their musical leadership helps us sing confidently together in worship, whether we're joining the church services in person or online.
Good Shepherd Vestry
Alisa Johnson, Senior Warden
Paul Dimick, Junior Warden
Bill Gillanders, Treasurer
Meg Stone, Vestry Clerk
Sir Stephen Akparanta
Other Leaders at Good Shepherd
Mary McClellan Aronen, Ministry Coordinator/Assistant Treasurer
Jacqueline Uwaoma, Finance Committee Chair
Paul Dimick, Jane Hughes, Mike Kelly; Facilities Committee Co-Chairs
Lucy Bloedel and Meg Stone, Fellowship Committee Co-Chairs
Deb Smith, Communications Committee Chair
Aimee Drake, Outreach Committee Chair
Gay Neal, Stewardship Committee Chair
Carole Loudenback, Pastoral Care Committee Chair
Karen White, Altar Guild Director
Alisa Johnson, Chair of Endowment Trustees