Church Council and Ministries

New CHURCH COUNCIL for 2017-2018

Meet your COGS Council Members for 2017-18, elected unanimously at our Annual Meeting June 4th.

1st Row:  Michael Tucker (Vice Moderator), Robert Flemming (Officer At Large), Gail Chynoweth, (Member at Large), Karen Kinsman (Moderator), Barb Wolfe (Clerk), Donna Lockridge (Membership),
2nd Row:  Vince Dick (Member At Large),  Brent Williams (Worship), Sky Swanson (Administration), Marge Petersen (Stewardship),  Jenny Sanchez (Justice & Community Outreach)
3rd Row: Maribeth Bohley (Christian Education), Art Stuart (Financial Secretary), Peter Gilmour (Treasurer).


Church of the Good Shepherd is a member-led congregation. The Church Council oversees the life and ministry of the church on behalf of the congregation. Elected by the congregation during the annual June meeting, Church Council is comprised of Officers, Ministry Team Leaders and Members at Large. The Council meets monthly to oversee finances, coordinate programs and projects, and discern what God needs of us, both in the present day and into the future…no small task! However, it is a task that our leaders undertake faithfully and conscientiously.

The Church Council is made up of Officers,  Ministry Team Leaders, and two Members at Large.  The Church Council is elected during the Annual Meeting in June.  The Members of the Church Council for 2017-2018 are presented below, followed by a description of each of our ministries.

Hovering over each photo reveals the position and name of the person for this year.


Executive Team 2017 – 2018

Ministry Leaders 2017 – 2018

Church Ministries

The Ministry of Administration:

Maintains and manages the church grounds, facility, furnishings and equipment, as well as overseeing the work of our Office Manager and our Facility Manager.

The Ministry of Christian Education:

Facilitates our effective education program for children, youth and adults through Sunday school, Vacation Bible school, youth group and other education and development activities throughout the year.

The Ministry of Hospitality:

Oversees the social and community life aspects of our ministry, including Friendship Time after worship, special meals, receptions, kitchen and hospitality supplies.

The Ministry of Justice and Community Outreach:

Oversees our outreach work, both locally and globally. Our ministry with Family Promise, Project Share, Interfaith Hospitality Network, The Store House and East San Jose Elementary fall under their purview, to name a few.

The Ministry of Membership:

Strengthens and broadens the membership of the church. Guest and visitor welcome, membership classes and new member integration is key to their work, along with home communion, home-bound visitation and support, meals in times of crisis or compassion, membership roll review. This ministry also oversees special outings and activities, like our annual Isotopes game, bike rides, hikes and the church family camp-out.

The Ministry of Stewardship:

Envisioned to work broadly for healthy stewardship of money and time for both the church and for individuals. Overseeing the annual Stewardship campaign, coordinating UCC and local special offerings, coordinating fund raising within the congregation, providing planned giving, estate planning seminars and more, are included in this ministry.

The Ministry of Worship and the Creative Arts:

Responsible for the many aspects of our ministry that lead to effective worship. Whether it’s the rehearsal of one of our many music groups, the changing of paraments in the chancel, preparing communion, planning special services, preparing and performing a play or musical, decorating the sanctuary or ordering flowers, it falls under the purview of this ministry. The work of our Minister of Music, Bell Choir Director, Pianist and Organist all fall under this ministry.

Project Teams

Green Team

Rev. Karen Bash        cell 712-314-7361    kcbfab3@msn.com
Tatiana Abras
Rev. Allan Bash         cell 712-314-7282    kcbfab3@msn.com
Alex  Chiang              cell 908-872-8033    alexander.george.chiang@gmail.com
Laura Chiang             cell 908-872-8033    laura.christine.chiang@gmail.com
Asaera Cote              cell 505-288-2233    asaera.cote@gmail.com
John Dickel            home 505-291-5802    kepler1604@comcast.net
Barbara Leppala  try cell 505-948-4794    rebeccajol@yahoo.com  (= Becky Leppala)
Brent Williams           cell 502-644-6363    bcwilliams65@gmail.com
Katherine Williams    cell 502-644-6343    kat56.ktw@gmail.com