Pastor Paul W. Baumgartner has served as Pastor of Good Shepherd since January 2004. He was ordained in 1981 after receiving the Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina. He received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2001. Pastor Paul serves as the chief administrator and staff supervisor of the congregation so that it might fulfill its mission and purpose as the body of Christ preaching, teaching, and administering the sacraments. He has served the ELCA-Southeastern Synod as Secretary, a Conference Chair and a Dean; and has twice been a voting member of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
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Catalina (Cat) Ontiveros was born in Tallahassee, Florida but grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. Cat graduated from Huntsville High School and received her degree from Newberry College, Newberry, SC. A lifelong Lutheran, she grew up at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Huntsville where she has participated both as a youth and an adult in Synod events such as Affirm and Southeastern Synod Lutheran Youth Organization, as well as ELCA National Youth Gatherings. In her spare time, Cat loves to play kickball and dodgeball, go to the movies, go to concerts and hang out with her friends. She is excited to be here and looks forward to working in ministry with her Good Shepherd family.
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Kristin has served as the OutReach Coordinator since 2014 and is responsible for coordinating and managing outreach and advocacy programs for the congregation. She also coordinates numerous volunteer and service partnership opportunities for the congregation to be God’s hands in our community. Some of her proudest accomplishments with Good Shepherd have been when she coordinated a 5K benefit resulting in donations of more than $10,000 to the ELCA Malaria Campaign and raised awareness of the plight of refugees all over the globe by sponsoring Refugee Sunday. When she’s not busy being a mom to three children, Kristin regularly volunteers at Forever Fed and Our Pal’s Place. She also serves on the ET Booth School Council and is the current chairwoman of the board for Lakeside Cotillion Group.
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Janice’s family joined Good Shepherd in 1999. As Janice is a lifelong Lutheran, Christian Education became a strong focus for her both at home with their two daughters and through life in the church. After a few years serving on the Faith Formation committee and assisting and teaching in Sunday School, Janice joined staff as Sunday School Superintendent in 2012. The following year another part time job was added as InReach Coordinator. This role allows her to reach out to members and committees on a regular basis to make sure that members are involved in the congregation in a meaningful way for them personally and that committees have the people they need to allow them to grow their ministries and meet the needs of the congregation. Good Shepherd has been a wonderful church home for Janice’s family and she strives to make all members feel welcomed as well.
Thomas Eisnor is our organist and choir director. He directs our chancel choir, Jubilate Ringers, beginner bells, and Shepherd’s choir. Thomas studied voice and organ performance at Gordon College, and Emory University. He is the grand prize winner of the Atlanta AGO scholarship competition for the year 2006, and the first recipient to be invited back as a judge. When Thomas isn’t making music he can be found anywhere on the water, fishing, skiing, or sailing.
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Pam Weinelt studied piano, violin and voice at Newberry College and Kennesaw State University while completing her degrees in Accounting. She has participated in a variety of performance groups including Newberry Madrigals performing ensemble (piano), the Atlanta Youth and Cobb Symphonies (violin), and several small jazz and performance ensembles (piano, vibes/bells, bass) in college. She was Director of Music at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Roswell from 1986-1998 before accepting the position
of Praise Team Coordinator for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in 1999.
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Diane joined the staff of GSLC in April, 2019. Diane recently moved to Georgia, from Southern California, to be near family. In California, she worked at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, in their Finance Department, for almost 10 years. Diane enjoys spending time with family, getting together with friends at the dog park, movies, music events, road trips and just being outdoors enjoying the beauty of Georgia.
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Donna has been a member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for many years. She has been actively involved with many of our youth programs including Confirmation, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and a regular Sunday Servant. She has been married to her husband Damon for 14 years and has 5 children, who have also grown up attending Good Shepherd. Donna loves spending time with her family playing games, doing crafts and enjoying the outdoors.
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Aaron and his family have been members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church since 1997. Aaron has been blessed to work as the custodian since 2006. Aaron has been helping with the music for Vacation Bible School for many years. Aaron loves music and has been singing with the Praise Team since 2002. Aaron enjoys going to the movies, playing games, and going on vacation with his family.