1208 Rose Creek Dr, Woodstock, GA office@gslutheran.org +1 770-924-7286

Staff

Ruth Hamilton, Interim Pastor

For twelve years, Pastor Hamilton was a member of the staff of the churchwide ELCA Office of the Secretary, serving in various capacities, including Administrator of the Archives and Assistant to the Secretary.  Pastor Hamilton served as Candidacy and Leadership Manager for Region 9 of the ELCA (the Southeast) as well as the director for ministries in chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, and clinical education from March 2017-May 2021.  She previously was the pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Atlanta, secretary of the Southeastern Synod, and interim dean of Conference 3.  She has served as interim pastor at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta; First United Lutheran Church, Kennesaw; and All Saints Lutheran Church, Lilburn.

She was ordained in 2005, after she received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a call from The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, Chicago, IL.  Her B.A. degree is from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, and she earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.  Prior to entering the ministry, Pastor Hamilton  taught English language and literature at a number of colleges and universities and served on the staff of the Newberry Library in Chicago.  She is the mother of two sons,. as well as the proud grandmother of one grandson.

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Cat Ontiveros, Youth Ministry Coordinator

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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Janice Swinford, Sunday School Superintendent

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.  Janice has also played a vital role as the former Inreach Coordinator for Good Shepherd.  In this role she was responsible for reaching out to members and committees making sure that members are involved in the congregation in a meaningful way for them personally.  She would also monitor committees so they 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 always strives to make all members feel welcome.

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Thomas Eisnor, Organist & Choir Director

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, Praise Service Coordinator

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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Maureen Harkins, Office Coordinator

Maureen is originally from Boston, but has lived in Woodstock for 28 years. She and her husband have two children.  She taught video journalism and media for many years and was director of the drama club.  She was the Membership Coordinator at a non-profit before accepting this position.  In her spare time she likes to read, kayak and make short films.

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Donna Garges, Media Coordinator

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 and her husband have 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 Frink, Custodian

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.