Pastor Ross Goodman is a graduate of Wake Forest University, Princeton Theological Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He received a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School in 1995. He served Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Quincy for ten years before coming to St. Paul in 1996. Since he has been here St. Paul has expanded in membership, staffing, programming, outreach and facilities. While he is full time in his ministry here, Pastor Goodman also consults with Children’s Hospital Chaplaincy, assists the New England Synod with various projects, and he maintains standing as a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Christephor Gilbert joined St. Paul as Pastoral Intern in September 2018 after completing the Master of Divinity coursework at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Christephor was born and raised in Louisville, KY and is a Candidate in the Indiana/Kentucky Synod. Christephor studied theater and dance at both Bard College in Annandale, NY (BA, theatre and dance) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, HI (MFA, dance). While working for the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the arts as Program Manager, Christephor began his formal discernment toward ministry at Bellarmine University in Louisville (MA, spirituality). His interests are in practical spirituality, the arts and worship, theology of the marginalized and ecumenical/interreligious dialogue. Christephor relocated in 2017 to Fort Wayne, IN with his husband Donald and three cats Elliot, Aerial, and Sylvia. When he’s not doing church things, Christephor knits, quilts, makes clothing, and is re-learning how to play the guitar.
Ryan Patten is an organist, scholar, and composer based in the Boston area. He holds a Master's degree in sacred music from Boston University and a Bachelor's degree in organ performance from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He is currently earning a PhD in Editorial Studies from Boston University's Editorial Institute where he is focusing on the creation of scholarly critical editions of music, with a particular focus on repertoire of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era. In addition to his studies, Ryan also works as a Teaching Fellow in BU's Humanities department and as an organist at the School of Theology. As a composer, Ryan primarily works with organ and voice, and some of his work is published through MorningStar Music Publishers.
Kourtni holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University. She will be joining us on October 1st and will be 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 and has a particular love of Church History and exploring artistic expressions of faith..
Paul became St. Paul’s business Administrator in 2014. He brings with him over 35 years of financial experience ranging from being the Chief Financial Officer at a nonprofit social service agency, to managing the finances and administrative responsibilities at a residential remodeling company. Paul majored in accounting at Providence College, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. When he is not in the office, Paul enjoys woodworking, cooking, and traveling around New England. He lives in Woburn with his wife, with whom he shares three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Dennis O’Brien takes care of upkeep and routine maintenance at St. Paul. After graduating high school, he attended East Coast Aero Tech and was trained as an airplane mechanic. He began his long career in automated equipment maintenance, working at such companies as Teradyne and and Millipore (where his achievements included winning an award for modifying a machine to increase productivity). More recently, he spent six years as Maintenance Manager at Photo Etch Technologies in Lowell. With an extensive knowledge of carpentry, Dennis enjoys helping friends and family with all kinds of remodeling projects.
Lisa joined the staff at St. Paul as Parish Administrator at the end of 2016, shifting away from a rewarding career in social work. Her grandparents, Ivar and Irma, were members of the original Swedish immigrant group that founded St. Paul and Lisa is grateful to see the same grace and spirit at work in the church today.
The rest of her week is spent with family, including active teenagers, teaching yoga, and juggling the other acts of life with an appreciation for the moments of quiet and fun.