People behind the scenes!

Pastor Sarah serves communion.

The pastor and staff are very important to the running of the church but they answer to the Church Council and Ministry Leads.

Pastor – Teacher
The Rev. Sarah TevisTownes – on sabbatical leave – May 22 – August 22, 2017

On May 1, 2015,  Rev. TevisTownes became the Pastor – Teacher of the Church of the Good Shepherd.  Her ministry among us began in January 2013 as Pastor of Christian Education and Community Life, following pastoral work in Rhode Island and Northern California. Sarah is an avid rock climber and outdoorswoman who celebrates being a spouse and the parent of two active teenagers. Her Master of Divinity degree is from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She serves on the Mission Planning Board of the Southwest Conference UCC.


  Sabbatical Guest Pastors and Teachers   
  The Rev. Allan and Rev. Karen Bash – May 22 – August 22, 2017

Retiring from pastoral ministry, Karen and Allan moved to Albuquerque in 2011 to run a bed and breakfast in the north valley.  They joined COGS a short time later getting involved with choir, contemporary theology class, and voted onto the Council.  Allan’s undergraduate degree is from TCU and seminary degree from Union Theological Seminary in NYC.  He was ordained in 1971.  Karen graduated from Philips University and has a M.A. in special education from Lamar University.  She was ordained in 1988 the same year she graduated from Dubuque Seminary.

  Church Administrator 
  Megan “Meg”

Meg has been our church administrator since October, 2016. Meg comes to us from a fine arts background. She has a degree in photography and sculpture, but has held many positions in the administrative field. She welds, climbs towers and rides horses. She has a vast array of experience in different fields and is responsible for all publications at COGS, as well as managing the day-to-day business at COGS.

Staff2012_LindaGilmour_Music_DirectorMinister of Music
Linda Gilmour

Linda began her work with us in 2008, serving first as Choral Music Director, expanding our choral groups from three to six in a very short time. An accomplished pianist as well as choral conductor, Linda has served churches in Colorado, Virginia and New Mexico. In 2012 she assumed the role of Minister of Music, coordinating our church’s music ministry. She also directs musicals with our children, youth and adults.


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Organist
Ernest W Sturdevant

Ernest W Sturdevant began piano study with his Mother at the age of five and then organ as a teenager. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, majoring in voice with minors in theatre & conducting. Ernest’s professional music credits include concert, oratorio, opera, music director, vocal coach, pianist, organist, arranger & composer.


Staff2012_KateSauer_OrganistOrganist Emeritus
Kate Sauer

Kate has served on the organ bench of a Christian church for more than 50 years. She began her work at Church of the Good Shepherd in 2005, not only playing the organ, but also directing our Joyful Noise Bell Choir. She became Minister of Music in 2008. In 2012 she decided to focus on playing the organ, retiring from her position as Minister of Music.


Staff2012_DorendaMorse_piano_accompanistPianist
Dorenda Morse

Dorenda has graced the worship of Church of the Good Shepherd since 2002. Her gifted musicianship adds greatly to the worship life of our church. She accompanies many of our choral groups, rehearsing weekly with the Chancel Choir.


Staff2012_MichelleSault_Bell_DirectorBell Choir Director
Michelle Sault

Michelle first served among us as substitute organist, occasionally joining our bell choir as a fill-in ringer. In 2012 the Joyful Noise Bell Choir insisted that she become their new director, and she happily agreed.


Staff2012_Nancy_Kolenc_NurseParish Nurse
Nancy Kolenc

Nancy has been a long-time member of our church, and is a pillar of our choral music program. As she completed her nursing degree in the early 2000s, she volunteered as our Parish Nurse on an occasional basis. Soon after, she joined our staff, coordinating CPR and AED training and certification, as well as offering occasional visits to members or friends of the church.