I have loved being involved with the Outreach Committee, and going on outings with the mission children. I do feel strongly that we need to not only take care of our own members, but also reach out to the larger community.
Good Shepherd has also offered me educational opportunities, including Lenten studies and the EFM course, that I’ve found challenging and informative.
The Good Shepherd family has been there to support us through rough times, as well as to provide us lots of joy through music, art, and friendships.
I am looking forward to a bright future for Good Shepherd and it is a privilege to help in any way that I can.
Thomas Little grew up in Littleton, CO and graduated from Columbine High School in 1989. He attended the University of Arizona, and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1994. Also in 1994, Thomas was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, and served until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2020. While in the Marine Corps, Thomas earned his MBA as a full-time student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Currently, Thomas works as a business analyst for the Department of the Navy. He has been married to Christie for 27 years, has three children, and one granddaughter.
Hello, my name is Ryan Dunigan. I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Indiana, where I attended a small country church that my Grandfather helped to re-open in the late 1950’s. We had 14 pews, a potluck every Sunday, and an open-mic/bring-your-own-instrument worship service on Sunday evenings. The whole church would be lined with guitars, mandolins, and banjos for an evening full of traditional southern gospel music. I left home to attend Indiana Wesleyan University and received my degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. I arrived here in Norfolk after enlisting in the Navy following a short 2-year stint as a Photojournalist in South Bend, IN.
In 2013 I met Hillary Metzger and started attending Good Shepherd. We were married in 2015, and we welcomed our spunky little Olivia into the world in 2016. After years of attending Good Shepherd, I finally went through Confirmation in 2019 and joined the Vestry in 2020.
I’ve attended many churches throughout my life with many different denominations. Good Shepherd was the first one that felt like home since leaving my little country church in my hometown. I have dedicated the last year to figuring out the best ways to get Sunday Morning services into your homes. Much like my Grandfather pulling the vines from the doors of a small church building nearly 60 years ago, I take great pride and find immense joy in being able to provide our Church Family with Sunday Services in a time when being together is not an option.
Carrie Short grew up in Norfolk and attended Maury High School. She studied Public Relations and Non Profit Management at the University of Miami and then spent her early career in nonprofits in higher education. She served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at Christ and Saint Luke’s for seven years before leaving to start her own youth group of three boys at home. She returned to work life to as the Executive Director of The Millers Foundation five years ago and volunteers in various community groups. She’s married to Taylor.
Walker W. Shivar
My wife Donna and I have been members of The Church of the Good Shepherd since 1983. Our daughters Kaitlyn and MacKenzie were brought up in this church: baptized, confirmed, and served as acolytes.
Without question, Good Shepherd has been a most important part of our extended family.
This is my 4th time on the vestry having previously served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden.
To say that the COVID pandemic of 2020 has been a most challenging time for the entire world would be a significant understatement. Closer to home it has dramatically impacted every aspect our church life here at Good Shepherd. I am honored to be a part of the leadership of this church working with other very committed members of the vestry; all are dedicated to the success of the Good Shepherd community.
We are hopeful that we will soon be able transition from pandemic mode into a more normal way of life. At the vestry level we are very excited and optimistic about the future of our church and having all of our parishioners engaged and instrumental in making 2021 and beyond the best time ever in the life of The Church of the Good Shepherd.
My educational-professional background includes:
- Pennsylvania State University 1973
- Medical College of Virginia, DDS 1978
- Eastman Dental Center (Rochester, NY) Orthodontics 1981
- Numerous Dental and Orthodontic organizations
- Retired from the private practice of Orthodontics 2020
My civic-social activities include:
- Lynnhaven Kiwanis Club: founding member, President
- Lochhaven Civic League: board member, President
- Lakewood Civic League: board member, President
We are honored to be a part of our Norfolk community. Take a look at what’s going on here at Good Shepherd and what we’re doing in the neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to join us!