Meet GSLC's dedicated staff
Interim Pastor | Reverend Robert J. Newpher
412-963-9494 ext. 301
We welcome Pastor Newpher to our church family as our Interim Pastor as we continue with the process of calling a new pastor to our church!
Pastor Newpher is a native of Reading, PA and a graduate of Albright College. He is also a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He served a year of pastoral internship at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, Mass. Upon his ordination by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, he served two congregations, Grace Gouldsboro in the Poconos and St. Matthews, Schuylkill Haven, PA. In February of 1981 he became the Director of Stewardship in the former Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia Synod, Lutheran Church in America. He served in this call for 7 years.
In January 1, 1988, he then became one of the Stewardship Specialists serving the new Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As such, he was responsible for the stewardship education, mission interpretation, and coordination of resource development in the Southwestern PA Synod, Northwestern PA Synod, and the West VA- WMD Synod. He served in this ministry for 22 years. In retirement he has served a number of congregational interims, including Trinity Butler, Trinity Wexford, and Hope Cranberry. This past summer he served as interim Assistant to the Bishop for Bishop Kusserow.
He is married to the former Suzanne Stanton, also a graduate of Albright College who previous to her retirement, was the Administrative Director of Stepping Stones Children’s Center in Pine Township. Suzanne and Pastor Newpher have two sons and 5 grandchildren. They reside in Gibsonia, PA.
Music Ministry Director | Corinne Adkins
412-963-9494 ext. 305
Corinne Fink-Adkins has a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Houghton College and a Master’s of Music Degree in Accompanying from East Carolina University. Ms. Fink-Adkins has been Director of Music Ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fox Chapel (GSLC) since 2005. She plays the organ or piano for GSLC’s services and directs the Sanctuary, Glöckchen and Children’s Choirs. Corinne plans the musical aspects for each service and coordinates the musical groups, as well as a variety of member soloists and professional musicians to enhance weekly worship. She also teaches several weekly music classes in the Good Shepherd Preschool. Corinne is also a Staff Accompanist at Duquesne University, maintains a private piano studio and is the Choral Accompanist for Shaler Area High School. Corinne held the Keyboardist position with the Westmoreland Symphony for ten years. She has also played with The Erie Philharmonic, The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and toured Italy with The Point Chamber Orchestra. Corinne is an active member in the Pittsburgh Chapter of The American Guild of Organists and has earned the Colleague Certificate from the national organization. In July 2015, Ms. Fink-Adkins directed The Pittsburgh Choral Ensemble in a ten-day tour of England and France.
Corinne lives with her husband, Bryan, her son, Blair, in Glenshaw, PA.
Preschool Director | Sharon Brusco
412-963-9494 ext. 304
Sharon has been a preschool teacher at Good Shepherd since 2006. She earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and has received extensive training in behavior modification. Sharon has experience working with children with special needs, which includes children with ADHD and autism.
Since 1997, Sharon has been an active member of Good Shepherd. Her involvement has included being a member of the Stewardship committee, council recording secretary, and a Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher.
Sharon is very excited and enthusiastic about being Good Shepherd’s preschool director. Her love and enthusiasm for the preschool program helps her continue to provide a nurturing and exceptional preschool experience for all children and their families.
Sharon resides in Indiana Township with her son Lance Jr. and daughter Courtney.
Office Manager | Sandra Shoucair
Sandra Shoucair is a Fox Chapel Area High School graduate. She went to school at Boston University where she met her husband Jim. Sandra lived in New York City and worked downtown while her husband, Jim, attended law school. Jim practiced law for 17 years in New York City and then Pittsburgh, and then became an Episcopal priest. Sandra and Jim raised four children in the Fox Chapel school district: Emma, Olivia, Madeleine, and Peter. Sandra and Jim live in O’Hara with kids coming and going and two dogs, Jacko and Dougal.