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Meet the New Vestry Members and Wardens

Meet the New Vestry Members and Wardens

Greg Riels
Senior Warden

I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as your Senior Warden. While no one, quite frankly, truly wants to be the act after Milo Burdette’s multiple years of parish leadership, I am so looking forward to joining Lisa in leading the Vestry, and us all supporting Channing in sharing the good news of Good Shepherd. I believe without a shadow of doubt that our mission and vision will continue to serve as a beacon of hope in Austin and beyond.

I am blessed to be married to Jessica. We have two daughters, Margaret and Bennett, who were both baptized at Good Shepherd. They are our everything. We came to love Good Shepherd in their infant years looking for a community of parents trying to figure it all out. Those early experiences inspired me to be confirmed at Good Shepherd, serve as a Eucharistic Minister, Hill volunteer, Finance Committee member, and as a member of the Vestry since 2018.

I run my own business having previously worked for various organizations in Washington, D.C., including a stint as senior aide on Capitol Hill, where Jessica and I met. I also served in the U.S. Navy as an F-14 pilot, flight instructor, Admiral’s aide and as a pilot for the Secretary of the Navy. Before kids, we spent an arduous year living in Naples, Italy, touring Europe and drinking wine, under the auspices of Navy duty. I retired from naval service as a Commander in 2016, with a full and abiding appreciation that the experiences (good, bad and ugly) of the last 21 years shaped and formed me as an Episcopalian – a work still in progress. 

I am beyond thankful for this church and this community, so ably lead by Channing. I am indeed, honored to serve.

Lisa McMinn
Junior Warden

I’ve been a member of Good Shepherd since 2016. On the Vestry since 2019, I previously served on the strategic planning committee and as co-chair of the rector search committee. I also help tend the gardens at The Hill, sing in the choir and am currently co-chair of the gardens and farmer’s market committees.

I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, but have been a Texan since my days at Baylor University and an Austinite since 1992. I was confirmed in the Episcopal church during my junior year at Baylor, and discovered Good Shepherd on the Hill at a Second Saturday Sale in 2016 and joined the church shortly thereafter.  

My wife Christy and I have a dog and a cat, who are both spoiled and overfed. I retired from the practice of law but fill my days with gardening, golf and artistic/ home improvement projects.

Sarah Sarahan

As a member of Good Shepherd for 18 years, I have served on a Search Committee, Capital Campaign Committee, Welcome Committee, Adult Education Committee and Outreach Committee, and volunteered in the new baby, preschool Christian Formation, Trinity Streets, Meals on Wheels and Mobile Loaves & Fishes ministries. Recently, I participated in our first Sacred Grounds Racial Reconciliation Circle. 

I am married to Paul and have college-aged twins, Will and Kate. I am an attorney mediator and workplace investigator. In the community, I am active in organizations addressing homelessness, including being on the board of Art from the Streets. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the parish on the Vestry and to participate in the work to deepen our connection with God, each other, our community and our world as we seek to live out the Gospel of Jesus while building the Beloved Community.

Will Holford 

I am a native Austinite and lifelong member of Good Shepherd. I have served the parish through various activities and ministries, including as an acolyte and crucifer, EYC and Vacation Bible School counselor, Sunday School teacher, the Sunday breakfast and Good Ole’ Boys cooking groups, and currently as an usher and worship leader. 

Professionally, I have more than 25 years’ experience in communications, as a reporter and columnist, and in public and governmental affairs for the State of Texas and the private sector. 

When my wife, Sylvia, and I moved from Austin to Bastrop in 2019, many of our friends at Good Shepherd asked if we would find a church closer to our new home. That was never a consideration for either of us. We were married at Good Shepherd, and it’s our spiritual home. 

I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to serve Good Shepherd and our community as a member of the vestry. I have been blessed to have grown up in the church and have so many wonderful memories here. I look forward to contributing to our flock’s continued success and growth while expanding and deepening my relationship with God. 

Bobby Chesney 

My family and I joined Good Shepherd in 2008 and love being part of its growth. My most significant service for our parish occurred recently when I co-chaired our Rector Search Committee. I’ve also served on the Outreach Committee and as a “Journey to Adulthood” teacher in the youth program. 

My day job is at UT, where I am a professor and also the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law. I teach and write about topics including constitutional law, national security law and cybersecurity law. 

My wife Heather and I both are from San Antonio, where I grew up attending Christ Episcopal Church. We have three daughters (Riley, Kate, and Alice), two of whom attended Good Shepherd Episcopal School.

Erin Stephens

I grew up in Austin and attended Good Shepherd Episcopal School as a child. I joined the church 10 years ago after Andrew and I married and moved back to Austin. We are blessed with three daughters – Wynne (7), Mary Caroline (6), and Margot (3). 

During my time at Good Shepherd, I have enjoyed serving as an Eucharistic Minister, on the Children and Family Ministry Committee, Re-Opening Committee, Co-chairing Shepherd Camp, and participating in Mom’s Bible study. 

I work as a Physician Assistant in reconstructive plastic surgery at Dell Seton Medical Center which continues to be both a challenging and rewarding career. 

I am excited and honored to serve on the Vestry and look forward to helping our church community stay connected during this difficult time at home and reconnect as soon as we are safely able to do so.

Michael Bogart

My family (Cindy, wife and Layla, Daughter) attended our first Good Shepherd service on Christmas Eve at the Hill and have felt blessed to be part of the community ever since. 

I grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area and attended The Ohio State University where I studied business, music and had the opportunity to be a member of the 2002 National Championship Football Team. 

Since moving to Austin in 2011, my focus has been helping high growth software companies increase sales and enjoying being with my family in the “Live Music Capital of the World.” 

Cindy and I recently had the pleasure of serving on the Task Force for Multi-Campus Ministry, and I am honored and humbled to be a part of the Vestry. I am specifically looking forward to helping strengthen our surrounding community: outreach, education and spiritual/emotional support.

Lindsey Trull 

I grew up in Austin and my family joined Good Shepherd when I was 4 years old. I have always been active in the church through choir, EYC, participating in the service as an acolyte and crucifer and most recently helping with the children’s ministry. 

My husband, Aaron, and I were married at Good Shepherd and our children, Ava (13) and Parks (11) were both baptized at the church. 

Good Shepherd is part of who I am and is like home to me. I am thrilled to serve in my parents’ footsteps, and I am honored to serve as a new member of the vestry. I look forward to bringing a sense of home and community to our parish.  

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