The Reverend Jay Weldon is the twelfth Rector of Parish of the Good Shepherd. He began his tenure at Good Shepherd in June, 2016, having served churches along the East Coast. Previous to his time at Good Shepherd, Fr. Jay served as rector of St. Patrick’s, Albany, Ga., where he oversaw a period of growth and renewed ministries and outreach. During that time, St. Patrick’s began international mission work in Azua, Dominican republic, began its “Signature Ministry” called Food for a Thousand, welcomed an ELCA Lutheran congregation into the full life of the church, and built a new church, called by local media “the most beautiful building to come to Albany in fifty years.”

Fr. Jay was drawn to Good Shepherd because of its legacy of beautiful worship, its emphasis on children and youth education, and its commitment to transformational outreach projects. He has studied at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, General Seminary in New York City, and he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Scripture and Homiletics from Emory University. He hopes to use all of this to continue Good Shepherd’s commitment to excellent
liturgy and preaching.

Fr. Jay also leads Adult Education– Adult Forum and Tuesday’s Parish Bible Study– and assists with youth Confirmation.

He is married to Alison, and together they have two children, Ella and James.

E-mail Fr. Jay at rector@goodshepherdnewton.org

 

Dr. Carl Klein has been the Organist/Choirmaster at Good Shepherd since 1999. He holds degrees in organ performance from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (BM1986) and from The Eastman School of Music (MM1988; DMA1991).

Carl leads our Parish Choir, a group made up of both volunteers and professional singers, who lead our worship from September through June. Carl often composes and arranges music used in our worship.

Carl also works for Fisk Organ Company in Gloucester, Mass, and serves as the Librarian for the American Guild of Organists.

E-mail Carl at conk@verizon.net

 

 

 

 

Kourtni Brown is our Director of Christian Education.  She holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University. She is responsible for all aspects of preschool, children, and youth education.

Kourtni is working toward ordination as a member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church. She has been involved in various aspects of Children’s ministry for almost ten years before joining the staff at Good Shepherd. She has a particular love of Church History and exploring artistic expressions of faith.

She is engaged to Ryan Patten, a church musician who serves as Organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Salem.

Kourtni is always looking for volunteers to help support the Christian Education program. Let her know if you are interested.

E-mail Kourtni at ce@goodshepherdnewton.org

 

 

 

Margaret Harrison is our Parish Administrator.  Previously Margaret was the parish coordinator of the American Cathedral in Paris for 13 years before returning to the Boston area. Margaret has a deep love of church music and sings in the choir at All Saints, Brookline.

Margaret is in the office Monday through Friday, 9:45 until 3:15. Summer hours (July and August) vary.

E-mail Margaret at office@goodshepherdnewton.org or call her in the church office at 617-244-4028.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Burke is our Sexton. Steve has been with the Dedham Fire Department for thirty years and has worked in churches around the Newton and Dedham area.

He has been with Good Shepherd for nearly fifteen years and is truly an asset to our parish and to the community.