Our Elected Leaders
Meet the Vestry
Our Vestry come from all walks of life. Some are new to Norfolk, and some have lived here their whole lives. Our elected leadership look forward to welcoming you.
Meet the Candidates
With election for new Vestry candidates coming up, we wanted you to have an opportunity to meet the new candidates.
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.
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.
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
Below are this year’s Vestry candidates. Contact the church office with any questions.
My wife Betty and I have been members of Good Shepherd for 18 years. I know many of you know Betty through many of her volunteer efforts at Good Shepherd. I have learned about the Flower Guild and Alter Guild by osmosis. The vestry will be my first official position at Good Shepherd. I am honored to serve the church in this capacity. We believe Good Shepherd is our spiritual harbor.
- Born in in Worcester, MA
- Served in United States Marine Corps
- University of Bridgeport graduate
- Been in broadcasting for 52 years
- Presently President of Max Media, a local broadcast company
I was born and raised in Virginia Beach but have been a proud Norfolk resident for the past 25 years. My wife Christy, daughters Mills and Eliza, son Hardy and I have been coming to Good Shepherd regularly for just over a year. Prior to that time, we had attended St. Paul’s in Downtown Norfolk for almost 20 years. All three kids were baptized there and the older two confirmed. I became involved with several outreach ministries, a weekly bible study, and Cursillo #159.
When we came to Good Shepherd, we were greeted warmly by so many and connected with some familiar faces. Since that time, we have continued to enjoy getting to know more of the congregation and are hoping to dive deeper and serve the Church in the best possible ways. It seems like such an exciting time in the life of Good Shepherd. I look forward to being a part of that momentum.
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!