Pastor Ross Goodman is a graduate of Wake Forest University, Princeton Theological Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He received a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School in 1995. Since arriving here in 1996, St. Paul has expanded in membership, staffing, programming, outreach, and facilities. While he is full time in his ministry here, Pastor Goodman also consults with Children’s Hospital Chaplaincy, coaches clergy, and serves on the boards of Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services) and Bethany House of Prayer. He has supervised twenty-four pastoral interns here with over forty pastors sent into various ministries from St. Paul over the years. He loves people, preaching, and all kinds of seafood, including Hákarl. He looks forward to the congregation's hundredth anniversary in June of 2022.
Pastor Elizabeth (Liz) Senft has been worshiping here at St. Paul since late 2019. She is a retired ELCA pastor having served congregations in Maryland and Ohio. She also worked as Director for Church Relations for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Currently she is on the Institutional Review Board, reviewing clinical trials at Boston Children’s Hospital. Liz has rich experience and wisdom through her ministry of growing and developing congregations.
There is a longstanding tradition in our sister Episcopal Church of welcoming retired clergy into the congregation as Pastoral Associates, offering both a pastoral role and receiving the many gifts clergy can offer in retirement. She will occasionally preach, preside, teach, and be available for pastoral care. Pastor Liz lives in Winchester near to her daughter's family.
W. Roger Randolph III is a third-year student at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Black Church Studies. He is a Candidate for ordination to the Roster of Word and Sacrament (pastor) in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. He is also a Chaplain Candidate in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
A native of Pittsburgh, Roger is a 2019 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a Minor in Africana Studies. He is a member of First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Pittsburgh. His hobbies include backpacking, cycling, skiing, and listening to NPR way too much.
Ryan Patten is an organist, scholar, and composer based in the Boston area. He holds a Master's degree in sacred music from Boston University and a Bachelor's degree in organ performance from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He is currently earning a PhD in Editorial Studies from Boston University's Editorial Institute where he is focusing on the creation of scholarly critical editions of music, with a particular focus on repertoire of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era. In addition to his studies, Ryan also works as a Teaching Fellow in BU's Humanities department and as an organist at the School of Theology. As a composer, Ryan primarily works with organ and voice, and some of his work is published through MorningStar Music Publishers.
Kourtni holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University. She will be joining us on October 1st and will be responsible for all aspects of preschool, children, and youth education. Kourtni is working toward ordination as a member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church. She has been involved in various aspects of Children’s ministry for almost ten years and has a particular love of Church History and exploring artistic expressions of faith..
Paul became St. Paul’s business Administrator in 2014. He brings with him over 35 years of financial experience ranging from being the Chief Financial Officer at a nonprofit social service agency, to managing the finances and administrative responsibilities at a residential remodeling company. Paul majored in accounting at Providence College, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. When he is not in the office, Paul enjoys woodworking, cooking, and traveling around New England. He lives in Woburn with his wife, with whom he shares three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Dennis O’Brien takes care of upkeep and routine maintenance at St. Paul. After graduating high school, he attended East Coast Aero Tech and was trained as an airplane mechanic. He began his long career in automated equipment maintenance, working at such companies as Teradyne and and Millipore (where his achievements included winning an award for modifying a machine to increase productivity). More recently, he spent six years as Maintenance Manager at Photo Etch Technologies in Lowell. With an extensive knowledge of carpentry, Dennis enjoys helping friends and family with all kinds of remodeling projects.