Biographies of interm pastors
Rev. H. Gaylon Barker, PhD
A native of the Midwest, Rev. H. Gaylon Barker, PhD, until recently has been a resident of Connecticut, where he is co-pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Ridgefield, CT. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he holds degrees from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and Drew University, Madison, NJ. Previously, Dr. Barker was the director of the Center for Public Theology, New York, and served as assistant to the bishop, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA. He has also served parishes in Stamford, CT, Flushing, NY, Wisconsin and North Dakota. In addition to his parish responsibilities, he is adjunct associate professor of theology at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. He is the former president of the International Bonhoeffer Society–English Language Section, member of the editorial board of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, and editor of Theological Education at Finkenwalde, 1935-37, volume 14 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, the 17 volume new critical edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s works. He has contributed to and/or edited a number of publications for congregational life and on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology. His most recent work on Bonhoeffer, The Cross of Reality: Luther’s theologia crucis and Bonhoeffer’s Christology, was published by Fortress Press in 2015. Dr. Barker is married to the Rev. Carla J. Meier, co-pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Ridgefield, CT, the father of two sons, and grandfather of two grandsons.
Rev. Carla J. Meier
Born in Davenport, Iowa, Carla serves St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church with her husband, Rev. Gaylon Barker, in Ridgefield, Ct. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she holds degrees from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque Iowa. Previously Rev. Meier was a Mission Developer for the Metropolitan New York Synod and served as member of the Bishop’s staff for Area Mission Strategies. Prior calls include Campus Ministry and parish ministry in Wisconsin and on Long Island, New York. Rev. Meier authored a number of resources for children’s chapel time and co-authored “Re-rooting in our Communities: The Area Mission Strategy Process.” Rev. Meier is married to Rev. Gaylon Barker and has two sons and two grandsons, ages 6 and 10.
Pedro Arzu - Building and Property Ministry
Pedro was born in Honduras but grew up in Bronx, NY, where he still lives with his wife Gena. Pedro keeps the campus safe and beautiful and has faithfully served Good Shepherd for fifteen years as of 2015!
Donna Lubrano - Office Manager
Founder of 'Hearts Connected' which brings relief supplies to those impacted by disaster.
Donna was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She held a long career in Real Estate Finance before joining the staff at Good Shepherd. She has a gift and passion for local fundraising and providing material help for those in need. Donna lives in Brooklyn with her husband Joe, her daughter and their dog, Lola.
Ms. Rita Pihra-Majurinen - Coordinator of Ministry
Music blog: Miss Rita's Music Page
A native New Yorker, Rita serves Good Shepherd as its church musician, as Artistic Director of its community arts ministry, Art on the Corner, and as Director of its children's community chorus, Children's Chorus of Bay Ridge. Her experimentation with musical styles, forms and instruments from numerous traditions and cultures infuse Good Shepherd's corporate worship. She practices a "Culture of Invitation," seeking to involve all in utilizing music as praise and prayer. Rita is also active within the community-at-large as Music Director of Leif Ericson Day School, a preschool through grade 8 educational ministry of the Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA, Founding member and Co-Director of the Children’s Choral and Arts Festival of Peace, and member of the Southwest Brooklyn Lutheran Council.
Brita Rose - Communications Coordinator
Personal Blog: Peace Shalom Salam with thoughts on peace and justice, and reports from humanitarian trips to the Levant.
Brita grew up in England, but traveled overseas before moving to NY in 1990 to be with her husband. Here she studied humanities within the CUNY system, and has worked with both faith and non-profit communities, particularly among the Middle Eastern immigrant community in NY where she volunteers as a local ESL teacher to Arab immigrants . Her M.A. was in International Relations and her interests lie in the areas of human rights and peace and reconciliation. She enjoys writing for progressive blogs, and along with her work in publications at Good Shepherd, she now also serves as secretary on the Southwest Brooklyn Lutheran Council which promotes social projects for the community. She and her husband, Tony, live in Brooklyn, NY with their three rescue cats, occasional fostered dogs, and a rotation of foreign students.