The Rev. Gillian Barr serves half-time as our priest at Good Shepherd and half-time on the Bishop’s staff as the Digital Communications Coordinator for the Diocese. She moved to Rhode Island from Virginia in 2014, and has also lived in California, Minnesota, and Maryland. Her previous positions have included young adult and campus ministry and parish education. Prior to ordination she worked in public libraries and history museums. She received her theological training at Princeton Seminary and the Virginia Theological Seminary, and her undergraduate degree in history from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She loves beaches, books, Maryland blue crabs, technology, and dogs and cats. You can refer to her as “Gillian,” “Mother Gillian,” or “Pastor Gillian”—whichever is most comfortable. She focuses on Good Shepherd on Sundays and Tuesdays, and on diocesan communications on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and on whatever is most urgent on Fridays, while Monday is her day off–but she is always available in case of pastoral emergencies.
Deacon: the Rev. Mary Ann Mello
Deacon Mary Ann Mello was assigned to Good Shepherd by Bishop Knisely in 2015. Her ministry with us includes pastoral care and facilitating and expanding lay ministries, especially in outreach and children’s ministry. She also assists at Rhythms of Grace at Church of the Advent in Coventry, which is a worshiping community created to be especially welcoming to those on the autism spectrum and with other special needs. Like all vocational deacons, her work in the church is in additional to her secular employment, and she is not compensated for it. During the week she works in human resources for HomeFront Health Care, a non-profit health care agency.
Music Director: Caryl Frink
Caryl coordinates our choir and accompanies our congregational music on organ, keyboard, and guitar. She is known to multiple generations of Rhode Island Episcopalians thanks to her many years as one of the former directors of our diocesan camp, the Episcopal Conference Center in Pascoag. She also coordinates our outreach committee and our community garden. Her husband Jim has served as a priest in the diocese for over 50 years, and has to miss singing in our choir some Sundays because he is away substituting for a priest in another parish.
Volunteer Office Administrator: Carol Keiser
Carol assists in the office on Tuesday mornings, producing the Sunday service leaflets and doing other crucial administrative tasks.
Buildings and Grounds:
Jimmy Scarpetti spends several hours each week tending to our landscaping and doing essential small jobs around our physical plant. We contract with JaniKing for weekly janitorial services.