• Pastor tim brown

    senior pastor

    Pastor Tim (PT) joins the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as Senior Pastor most recently hailing from Chicago, IL. His Bachelors Degree in Theology is from Valparaiso University, as is his Masters in Education. He taught 7th and 8th grades in Chicago for a few years before answering the call to seminary, graduating from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with an M.Div. He writes regularly for The Lutheran magazine, crafts commentary and worship ideas for Augsburg Fortress through Sundays and Seasons, and has been a guest blogger on a number of sites. His particular theological interests lies at the intersection of faith and doubt, and he keeps a blog of running thoughts at reluctantxtian.wordpress.com.

    PT is a huge Green Bay Packers fan, holding out hope against hope that his contract with them will be picked up before he retires. He enjoys good coffee, craft beer (which he has been known to brew), and writing (and passionately defends use of the Oxford comma). He imagines a world where all people live in God’s peace, and works towards that end in acts of love and justice. He lives in Raleigh with his wife Rhonda and two sons, Findley and Alistair. He has occasionally written longer bios, but can’t remember when, and he looks forward to sitting down with you over coffee and beer to talk about your hopes, dreams, and about God’s work in your life.

  • Pastor Marsha Anderson

    Associate Pastor

    Pastor Marsha Anderson is happy to return to her hometown as Associate Pastor at Good Shepherd. In the intervening years, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Spanish at Wake Forest University (Go Deacs!), earned her Master of Divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, served her first call in a large congregation in Minnesota, and was the solo pastor at a small and feisty city church in Reading, PA. She also spent time in California, serving for a year as a hospital chaplain on mental health units and forming an intentional living community with her husband Brian and two other couples.

    While God’s call and her healthy sense of adventure have led her to surprising and varied ministry opportunities, the threads that connect them are a passion for radical inclusivity, creative prayer, social justice, and accompaniment through joy and sorrow.

    Pastor Marsha is a people-loving introvert. She enjoys good music, especially if it is live. She loves a long walk in the woods. She would rather sit around good food and drink talking about life, love, and God than almost anything else. She lives in Durham with her husband and two children: Drew and Caroline.

  • John Jahr  

    Director of Music Ministry & Organist

    John D. Jahr is Director of Music and Organist at Good Shepherd.  He is a native of Hitterdal MN, a rural community near Moorhead MN. It was at his home church,  Salem Lutheran, where he first played organ in worship at a young age. He studied music at Concordia College,  Moorhead, and has his Master of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He has served churches in Fargo ND, the Twin Cities, Dallas TX, and just completed 10 years at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar MN.

    John loves to lead singing. When he isn't at church, John spends time with his rescue dog, Rocky. He enjoys live theatre and music events, and all things Star Trek. John is thrilled to join the staff of Good Shepherd and is looking forward to many years of making music together.  

  • andrew buck

    cross+generational ministry

    Andrew grew up in Virginia, studied at Roanoke College and spent his summers on staff at Camp Kirchenwald in Colebrook, PA from 2005-2008. For seven years, Andrew served as the youth ministry coordinator at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Vienna, VA during which he received his certificate in Youth Ministry through Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Andrew joined the staff at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in 2016 and works closely with ministry staff and volunteers, equipping and supporting them while exploring ways for all generations within the congregation to be church together.

    Andrew enjoys racquetball, volleyball, playing guitar and mandolin, exploring the Raleigh Greenway bike trails, spending evenings at the parkour gym, and discovering new eastern North Carolina BBQ joints. He and his wife Naomi live in the Mordecai neighborhood with their tailless cat, Bobbie. Andrew regularly blogs about cross-generational ministry.

  • deanna klimek

    preschool director

    Deanna and her family joined the Good Shepherd community in 2000 after moving from Allen, Texas where her family had attended Christ the Servant Lutheran church. She taught preschool at Preston Meadow Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas. Prior to Texas, her family lived in northern Virginia. She is originally from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband Mark have 3 grown children, Rebecca, Nathan and Karissa.

    After teaching at Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool for seven years, Deanna felt called to take on the role of Director in June of 2008. In her early years at Good Shepherd, Deanna helped with VBS and taught Sunday School. She attended a Via de Christo weekend in February 2005.

    Deanna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, gardening, and Bible study.

  • Barb Newcomer

    Children's Ministry

    Barb is originally from Waynesboro, PA and has lived in Raleigh since 2001 after a move from Minnesota. Barb, her husband Ken and their two now grown children, transferred from St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN in the fall of 2001.

    Barb has been the part-time Children's Director since January 2002. She enjoys the many wonderful times with her 3 year olds through 5th graders. She is involved with the Children/Youth ReNew Team and all of their activities. Barb's events include Agape Day Camp at GSLC, Summerfest (children's summer musical), BYG (Building Youth Groups) at Camp Agape twice a year along with Sunday Kids' Groups. Barb enjoys time with her family, traveling, going to the beach and all of her aerobic activities.

  • Mike Sardi

    Resource Ministry

    Mike was born and raised in Clarion, PA and moved to Raleigh in 1997. Mike and his wife, Elaine, have two grown sons, Jason and Justin. Mike has a BS degree in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and has several years of church business management experience. Mike joined the staff in September 2014 and is motivated to help the church be a good steward of the gifts God has provided for them.

    When he is not on the job, Mike enjoys sports, working in the yard and spending time with family.

  • suzanne Lewis


    Suzanne lived in many places growing up, but spent most of her time in Charlotte, NC and Kuwait. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree and MBA. After spending 9 years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, Suzanne, her husband Mac and their children, Joshua and Jenna, returned to North Carolina and settled in Raleigh. They joined Good Shepherd in 2011. Suzanne joined the staff in 2013 and is excited to be using her marketing background to enhance communications within the church.

    When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Peyton Cline


    Born and raised in North Carolina, Peyton has lived in Raleigh since 1993. She and her husband, Chris, have been blessed with two daughters, Grace and Olivia. Peyton joined the Good Shepherd staff in the fall of 2004 as an assistant while her youngest daughter was enrolled in Good Shepherd's preschool. She accepted the Finance Manager position in June of 2005. Peyton and her family are active members of Bay Leaf Baptist Church.

  • Sarah Marchi

    Administrative Assistant

    Sarah is originally from West Virginia and has been a Raleigh resident since 2001. She and her husband Boz have a daughter, Ali, and a son-in-law, Shane, plus a very devoted, hairy dog, Gus. Sarah attended WVU and Marshall University. She enjoys time with her family and friends, yoga, walking and food!

  • Lois Walker

    Administrative Assistant

    Lois is originally from Syracuse, NY and has lived in Raleigh since 1975. Lois and husband Fred, since deceased, transferred from Grace Lutheran to GSLC in the fall of 1994. She has 3 grown children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She and Cliff Wilcoxen have been an integral part of each other’s lives for the last 18 years.

    Lois retired after working 23 years with the NC Division of Mental Health, Child and Family Services Branch. She has been a part-time staff member since February 2001. She sings in the Sanctuary Choir, and is a member of the Hospitality Ministry Team.

    Lois enjoys family activities, concerts and plays, traveling, and Via de Cristo activities – and life in general.  

  • John Allsbury


    John has been doing construction work for more than 35 years working for his own construction company, a Raleigh electrical contractor, and Wake County Public School System. He currently is a self-employed handyman working in the RTP area. He enjoys problem solving, carpentry, bicycling, and inventing. John has been a member of Good Shepherd for more than 20 years. He has served as paid contractor for jobs at Good Shepherd in addition to serving on ASP trips and Rams service retreats. He is currently a Stephen Minister. He is married to Kris, has two married children and two teenage grandchildren.