Fr. Robert Miller
Fr. Bob was ordained in San Francisco following a background in electronics and physics research at UC Berkeley. He received degrees in the Philosophy of Religion and in Social Psychology from San Francisco State University and his theological degree from Nashotah Theological Seminary. Fr. Bob served as Director of St. Dorothy's Retreat Center and as Associate Pastor at churches in the San Francisco Bay Area before joining the ecumenical staff of La Casa de Maria Conference Center in Santa Barbara, where he and Margi were wed in 1975. Fr. Bob served in Honduras from 1979 -1988 to found El Hogar Ministries for abandoned children and to build St.Mary of the Angels Church. Bob retired from Trinity Church in Litchfield, MN and moved to Venice in 2008, when he was assigned by Bishop Smith as Assistant to the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Rev. Michael Kitt
Michael was ordained to the diaconate in February 2002 in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Prior to his ordination, Michael created a weekly soup kitchen ministry in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago which lasted 30 years.
After his ordination, Michael served on the Deacons Formation Commission and for six years, chaired the Diocesan Commission on Global Mission which focused on our companion relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Mexico. Michael traveled to Mexico extensively over an eight year period helping to establish several sustainable parish based businesses and build a water purification system in his sister parish’s community. Michael served on the Cathedral Chapter of St. James in Chicago and as a Director of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. Michael also worked in community organizing advocating for affordable housing, accessible health care and worker rights.
As a bi-vocational clergy, Michael served as CFO for a consulting firm, retiring in December 2015 upon selling the practice. Michael also served as Chaplain of our Episcopal Campus Ministry at Northwestern University retiring in June 2016.
Michael and Stephanie have been married for 37 years. They moved to Venice from Park Ridge, Illinois in June 2017 with Stephanie’s sister Jane Parker who is now living in a group home in Port Charlotte.
Libby Chinman heads the Welcome Commission. If you are a first timer to Good Shepherd, you will find new friends quickly, as we invite you to introduce yourself at announement time, and stay after the service to enjoy food and fellowship.
(718-578-7907) or email@example.com
Every Sunday, following the worship service, if we are not under Covid restrictions, you are invited to attend a leisurely gathering in our parish hall. With an abundance of food and beverages, it is a time to catch up, to fill up, and to charge up where friends from old and new await. There are many other gatherings and celebrations throughout the year to foster friendship and growth.
(941) 484-0159 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As head of the Liturgy Commission, Marcel is responsible for overseeing many aspects of the religious services offered at Good Shepherd throughout the year. On a monthly basis, he schedules the people who will be reading the Lessons, Psalms, and Prayers of the People for each service. He also schedules who will be serving at the altar as Subdeacon, Crucifer and Acolyte. In addition, Marcel is responsible for training the people who serve in these capacities. The Choir, Altar Guild and Flower Guild all fall under his direction.
As an added responsibility and in a volunteer capacity, Marcel serves as our technology consultant. He maintains and upgrades the computers, printers, and network used in the Parish Office. He is our main troubleshooter for many other technology issues that may arise.
The Outreach Commission is comprised of parishioners committed to putting love into action. The goal is to reach out beyond our church community to provide for the needs of others through programs that supply food, clothing, shelter, education, and social advocacy to under-served populations. The commission also proactively identifies outreach partners and pursues fundraisers for monetary distributions to those partners. For more information call Stephanie Kitt at 312-316-1258 or email email@example.com.
Parish Care Commission
(401) 524-5289 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Treasurer is responsible for the financial affairs of church, reporting to the Rector, Wardens and Vestry. Bob’s duties include providing ongoing assistance to the parish bookkeeper, preparing and presenting monthly financial reports to the Vestry and annual reports to the congregation and Diocese, participating in the monthly Finance Committee and Vestry meetings and in the annual Stewardship initiative.
Bob can be reached at (413) 244-4341 or email@example.com
After 18 years of faithful service as Treasurer, Dave Beall has stepped into a new role as the Treasurer Emeritus. Dave’s duties include providing ongoing guidance to the parish bookkeeper, chairing the Finance Committee, acting as the primary bank contact for the Endowment Fund, and participating in the annual Stewardship initiative.
Dave can be reached at (941) 549-1732 or firstname.lastname@example.org