Good Shepherd Clergy and Staff
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, and on the board of the Cathedral Foundation of the Diocese of Olympia. 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 Spotify 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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Ruthann came to Good Shepherd in September 2018. Ruthann leads services on organ, piano, and harp. Her duties also include conducting the Chancel Choir, the Children's Bell Choir, and the many violinists in our midst as well as other musicians as needed. She also meets weekly with Josh and Roy to plan the week-to-week liturgies. Ruthann is a transplant from Minnesota and moved to the Pacific Northwest almost 10 years ago to be near her son and his family. She also has two daughters who are teachers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Ruthann is “Granny” to 5 grandchildren and lives in Tacoma with her little pooch, Tessa.
Becca DeShaw, Parish Administrator
Becca came to Good Shepherd in September 2019. She knows the Episcopal Church through long-time membership but also as the wife of a priest. Fr. Glen died in 2017, leaving Becca with two adult children, two grandchildren, and 45 years of good memories. When not keeping things running smoothly in the office here or at St. Columba's, Kent, where she is also the parish administrator, she enjoys singing, playing flute, quilting, knitting and studying for her EfM (Education for Ministry) classes.
Michelle joined us in February 2019 to care for children in the Good Shepherd nursery, the Lamb's Pen, along with other trained adults. Although her primary responsibility is for children under three, on occasion Michelle assists with the older children as well. Michelle has worked in Early Childhood Education within the community of Federal Way since 2003. During the week, she is a Lead Teacher at Kindercare Learning Center. Michelle is a proud mother of three children, and she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Zariah Westbrooks, Childcare Staff
Zariah joined us in November 2019 as our second childcare staff person. Zariah is an artist who has always loved being around children and has long dreamed of a job like this one. She has three siblings and enjoys drawing and texting with friends.
In the year 2019-2020, we are so happy to welcome these three students from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Together they serve as the core voices in our small choir, raising our level of musicianship and coaching our parishioners to become more skilled musicians.
Good Shepherd Vestry
Scott Armer, Senior Warden
Carole Loudenback, Junior Warden
Dilcia Brent, Treasurer
Bill Gillanders, Treasurer-Elect
Meg Stone, Vestry Clerk
Sir Stephen Akparanta
Other Leaders at Good Shepherd
Mary McClellan Aronen, Ministry Coordinator/Assistant Treasurer
Karen White, Finance Committee Chair
Susan Ennaro, Children's Ministries Director
Ray Phenicie, Facilities Committee Chair
Lucy Bloedel, Hospitality Committee Chair
Deb Smith, Communications Committee Chair
Jane Egger, Altar Guild Director
Carole Loudenback, Pastoral Care Chair