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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev’d Dan Bell is our Assistant Rector and Director of Christian Education. He holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. He shares pastoral and liturgical duties with the rector, and is responsible for all aspects of preschool, children, and youth education.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Dan was ordained as a deacon on June 3, 2017, and will be ordained a priest– God willing and the people consenting– on February 24, 2018, at Grace Church in Medford. Your presence and prayers are requested.
Dan first came to the Diocese of Massachusetts in 2013 to serve as a Life Together fellow. He interned at St. Stephen’s, Lynn, where he supported youth and young adult ministries and other aspects of church life. He has led faith formation at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and Camp DeWolfe in New York. Dan also established BE YOU, an intentional youth group for LGBTQ high school students and peer allies, while at St. Stephen’s, Lynn.
Dan is always looking for volunteers to help support the Christian Education program. Let him know if you are interested. E-mail the Reverend Dan Bell at email@example.com
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 profe
ssional 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.