All church members play a role in governance, from decisions in parish life to our national policy-making body, the General Convention. Lay and ordained people, together with the church's bishops, share the responsibilities of ministry, oversight and legislation. The ministers of the church are lay persons, deacons, priests and bishops.
The Rev. Michael Greene, Rector
Pastor Michael Greene has come to us recently from the
Midwest, where he served as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Eau Claire for the
past eight years. Mike is married to Hope, and they have two children,
Aidan and Miriam. His interests include Scientific Theology,
Environmental Stewardship, music, literature, art, and travel.
Having devoted a lot of time to the study and math and physics, he is
passionate about building bridges between the sciences and the Church, and expanding
the dialogue between their disciplines. Mike and his family love to
travel and explore new cultures and meet new people; he regularly leads
pilgrimages to historical holy sites in Europe as well as mission trips to
Africa. Mike loves music and always happy when singing or playing with
group or ensemble. He studied Math and Physics at University of
Pennsylvania, Theology and Pastoral Studies at the College of the Resurrection
in Mirfield and the University of Leeds, and did doctoral work in Theology and
Modern Physics at the University of Durham.
The Rev. Gregory Baker, Curate
Greg just graduated from
Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Seminary at Yale. He went to St. Michael’s
College in Burlington, VT, where he studied political science and religious
studies. In between college and seminary, he served as a Fellow for Life
Together, the Episcopal Service Corp’s program in Boston. He lived in an
intentional community with seven other fellows and worked at a mobile health
clinic that provided free preventative health screenings to those who could not
otherwise afford them. Despite spending a large chunk of the last 15 years in
New England, Greg was born in Hawaii and has also lived in Seattle and southwest
Georgia. Greg also spent a year living in England to play soccer before college
and studied abroad in South Africa.
Greg began to discern a call to the priesthood during his senior
year of college, when an interest in theology and a deep desire to serve his neighbor began to manifest in a path towards ordained ministry. He believes that the Church – the Body of Christ – has a vital role
to play in caring for the most vulnerable in our communities and is a home for
everyone, a place where we work to re-knit broken bonds and strengthen existing
ones while always stretching towards realizing that kingdom to come that we’ve
only seen glimpses of.
Greg has a number of passions and interests that keep him busy
when he's not working. He has played soccer since he was able to stand, and
continues to play when he can. He loves photography and the way that a camera can
capture and tell stories in ways words cannot, and in a “past life” explored
becoming a photojournalist. Volunteering and community service have been an
important part of his life since he was a kid when his Mom would take he & his sister to work at local food pantries. Greg is also interested in the reform of the
prison industrial complex and working with the incarcerated. He enjoys cooking
and experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen, usually while listening
to a wide variety of music. He loves to laugh, tell stories, and is beginning to
explore getting a dog!
The Rev. Nancy R. Meyer, Deacon
Nancy moved to Nashua in March 2019 from Chicago to be
closer to her brother/sister-in-law and her sister who all live in Vermont. Living at The Huntington at Nashua she is trying to successfully retire while
continuing to serve as a deacon. Ordained a Deacon in January 2008 in
Chicago diocesan deacon formation program, she served at St. Peter's, Chicago
until moving to Nashua. She has also studied at Bexley Seabury Seminary in
Chicago to continue her education. A nurse by profession, she completed degrees
at University of Washington, Seattle, and Wayne State University in Detroit.
She served in the Army Nurse Corps doing her active duty at Fort Devens, MA and
spent many years in the Army Reserves. She developed and led Staff Development
and Patient Education, and then devoted most of her career to caring for the
elderly as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and Nurse Practitioner. Nancy loves
to knit scarves and hats to give to the homeless, and pocket prayer squares for
anyone who would like one, do just about anything with and for cats, read, and
study the Bible and theology. Since coming to Nashua she has felt led to get
involved in immigration issues which is a slowly developing ministry. She loves
music and singing and has recently joined the chime choir at The Huntington.
Nancy is a deacon at her core and finds great joy in serving others and serving
Laurie Ascani, Parish Administrator
Laurie was born and raised in Nashua. She attended the University of New Hampshire and after graduating lived in Manchester and Hudson but returned to Nashua to live in 1998. Laurie joined the staff at CGS in the fall of 2008. She teaches aerobics part-time.
Abbie Law, Communications Secretary
grew up in Hollis. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Keene
State College. Abbie was married at CGS
in 1992, and
she and her husband, Scott, settled in Hollis. She left a career in banking to
raise her family then joined CGS staff in 2015. Abbie enjoys scrap-booking, gardening, and reading in
her free time.
Brett Greene, Music Director
Brett grew up in rural Wooster, Ohio and began piano study at age 7 and organ study at age 13. As an adolescent, he served two churches as organist. Brett graduated from the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and a Master of Music in Organ from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Recently, Brett has served St. Paul Lutheran Church,
Reading, Ohio and Worthington Presbyterian Church, Worthington, Ohio. He has
worked as an organ tuner, organ maintenance technician, and craftsman for the
Muller Pipe Organ Company and presently builds organs with the Noack Organ
Brett has been involved in professional organizations and
served for two years on the Executive Committee of the Columbus Ohio Chapter of
the American Guild of Organists. An advocate for the development of organists
and church musicians, Brett maintains a private piano and organ studio and
gives lessons to students of all ages.
John Townsend is a lifelong Episcopalian, who came to the Church of the Good Shepherd in 1986 and became involved in many aspects of parish life. He has served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a Eucharistic Visitor and is on the Altar Guild. John has served on various committees, including a three-year term on the vestry. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Rivier College, John has completed the Vergers’ Training Course offered by the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church. Appointed Verger in April 2001, he trained under the late Paul Jauron. Working with John as assisting Vergers are Howard Titus and John Rowntree.
Howard Titus is a life long Episcopalian, baptized in St. John's
Episcopal Church in Winthrop, MA. He has been a member of Good Shepherd
since 1989. He is a retired engineer for BAE Systems, and has been
privileged to travel extensively both within the USA and overseas for
his work. Married to Sharon, they have one son, Prescott, who currently
lives in Quincy, MA. Howard enjoys reading history and biography as well
as umpiring baseball.
John Rowntree has been a member of the parish for over 20 years. In addition to his role as verger, he has represents Good Shepherd in the Nashua Interfaith Council, serving as the organization's treasurer. In the past he served on the vestry for five years and as a Diocesan delegate for nine years. John serves on Diocesan Mission Resources Committee and Nominating Committee and Nominating committee. He is also co-mentor of our Education for Ministry group for Adult Christian Formation.
Brian Wisnosky, Sexton
Vestry members are elected by the congregation at the January Annual Meeting as the governing body of the parish. The Vestry gives support and guidance to the Clergy and Congregation.
Our Vestry is comprised of about a dozen at large members who serve alongside four Executive Committee Members: Senior Warden (President), Junior Warden (Vice President), Clerk and Treasurer. For a current Vestry listing and their assigned liaison ministries please see our Newsletter
Jill Rosier, Senior Warden
Jill has been a member of CGS since 1995 and is a lifelong Episcopalian. She very much enjoys serving on Vestry. Previously she was the Sunday School Coordinator for 4 years, and continues to help out as a substitute Sunday School teacher. She grew up in upstate New York and presently resides in Hudson with her husband and daughters.
Sandy Desharnais, Junior Warden
Sandy is a life-long Episcopalian and became a member of CGS more than 40 years ago. During these years she has served CGS in many roles including Sunday School teacher, Annual Fair coordinator, Prayer Shawl ministry, Lay Companion Ministry, Treasurer of CGS Women, Vestry member, and Usher Coordinator. Sandy enjoys volunteering at SNHMC, the RISE program at Rivier College, reading and travel.