The Church Council has “general oversight of the life and activities of the congregation, and in particular, it’s worship life – to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the ELCA.”
The Church Council of Gethsemane serves as our spiritual leaders. They are responsible for setting church policy and helping to determine the vision of the church. They are available to answer your questions, to hear your concerns or to visit with you. Please seek out a Council member if you would like to learn more about Gethsemane. The congregation elects the Church Council at the Annual Meeting in January each year. If you are interested in learning about serving on the Church Council or would just like to contact a Church Council member……..
Our Current Council:
Ron Jones – President
Ron has been a member of Gethsemane since 2005 and a member of the choir since 2013. Ron and Marsha (Journay) were married in 2011. Together they have two daughters, Ruthie and her husband Steve who live in Attleboro, Mass. and Steph and her husband Mike who live in Berwick, Me. Both daughters have two sons. Ron retired in 2013 after working 34 years in the Information Technology field.
Steve grew up in Maine and attended University of Southern Maine and Lesley University.
He taught English at Manchester Memorial High School for 30 years and went on to become the District Mentor for Secondary Education in Manchester before retiring. Steve is the author of 10 murder mysteries, an historical novel, and a cookbook, works part time at the Currier Museum of Art and is working on a new book.
Steve lives with his partner of 23 years and their two pugs.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Susan moved to New Hampshire in the fall of 1975 after making the acquaintance of her later to be husband, David. David and Susan were married at Gethsemane in 1977, and together have raised two sons, Matthew & Daniel.
Susan has worked for the State of New Hampshire for the past 41 years in various positions; most recently in data management for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Department of Education. She received an Associate’s Degree in Business from Granite State College in 2004 and is looking forward to her duties as Treasurer of Gethsemane.
Lynne moved after nearly 40 years in the Burlington, VT. area, to Londonderry in the fall of 2015 to be next door to her daughter and her family (Abby Kelly). She was thankful to find a place to worship and contribute at Gethsemane. She sings in the choir, is an assisting minister, communion assistant, lector, and is part of the Mary Martha group. Lynne looks forward to getting to know the church more in depth as she serves the congregation as a member of the Council. She came from Ascension in South Burlington. In her many years there she served on the council and was the 2nd lay person and the first woman president of the council. Off and on she was the choir director and played the organ a couple of times a month. She retired from all that activity in 2008.
On January 26, 2012, Lynne and her husband Doug were in a terrible accident in Maine in which he was killed. They had been married 48 ½ years. She has 3 children, 1 boy and 2 girls. Abby is the youngest of the three. She also has 8 grandchildren. The oldest got married this past summer.
Her first degree is in church music. She then went back to school and got her BS and MS in nursing. Although she was only in the role for 5 years, she loved emergency nursing because of the opportunity to work with families in crisis. Her greatest contribution was designing a program in conjunction with the state that allowed families with babies with high tech needs (for example, on a breathing machine) to be at home, with around the clock nursing assistance until the families could manage on their own. For 12 years, she was the director of the State Nurses Association. For about half of that time she served as VT. nurse’s lobbyist at the state legislature. Her last full time position was at the VT Dept. of Health as the Diabetes Chief and then as the Bioterrorism Grant Manager.
Born in 1976, I grew up in the small NH town of Newton NH. Although, small this towns location was perfect for my parents Paula and Tony Noon to raise my older brother Anthony III (Tony) and I. I attended the Sanborn Regional School system where sports and physical education class was became major influences in my life. With my middle school phys. ed. teacher, high school basketball coach, and Cross Country Coach as excellent role models I decided to pursue Physical Education Teacher Certification at Keene State College. In 1998 I graduated from Keene and received at teaching position at Londonderry Middle School. I have been coaching XC, basketball, and teaching PE ever since. One day in 2000 during our warm-up time which we use music for, a sprightly young teacher bounced through our gym to get something and bounced out. The amount of energy and large enthusiastic smile left an impression on me and the rest is history. Heather and I moved to Hemlock St. in Manchester in 2006. We and our two daughters Mollie and Maggie love our home, friends and our community. Dance classes and recitals, soccer, and basketball games are just starting to become a norm in our weekly schedules.
In 2007 our family joined Gethsemane where our girls have enjoyed the numerous activities the parish has to offer. We truly feel fortunate for our girls to have such great experiences thanks to the people who run the Sunday school programs and activities. I have been impressed with the drive from these people to give our children a comprehensive, enjoyable, and successful education in our faith. I look forward to the possibility of being a small piece in pursuing a comprehensive yet responsible path forward that does not abandon our past as a parish, but ensures a successful future.
I live in Merrimack, NH. Retired from BAE Systems in Nashua in 2008, Worked as Electrical Engineer. I claim Nebraska as home state even though having not lived there since 1972 and family lives there.
I have two children and two Grandsons, Tania and Brennon (19 Yr) live in Colorado Springs, CO. Tim, Angelie and Nathan (1½ yr) live in Pensacola, FL area.
Joined Gethsemane Lutheran Church in 1997, I have served as Treasurer til 2006. Sing in choir, Help with Vacation Bible School, Serve on Finance Committee and Gifts Program. My church is my extended family and I am looking forward to serving the church in the coming years.
I am 26 years old. I am currently an elementary Special Education teacher in Manchester. I have been a member of the church since we moved to New Hampshire in 1996. During this time I have attended both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, as well as taught both. I have represented the church with the Youth Group at 2 annual gatherings, in Atlanta and San Antonio, and attended several events at Camp Calumet. Outside of church, I coach the Central High School Color Guard, and the Girl Scout canoe team, the Swiftwater Paddlers.
Major Tyler Tafelski
Major Tyler Tafelski is currently the Deputy Director of Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) BAE Systems located in Nashua, NH. DCMA BAE Systems is a streamlined Contract Management Office (CMO) under DCMA Boston Command and includes major programs for the US Army, Airforce and Navy and Marines.
Tyler graduated from the United States Military Academy and received his commission as an infantry Lieutenant in 2001. His first duty assignment was at Fort Drum, NY where he served as an infantry Platoon Leader and Company Executive officer for 2-14 Infantry Regiment in the 10th Mountain Division (Light). Upon completion of the Infantry Captain Career Course, Tyler Tafelski served as a Mechanized Company Commander for 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, and Headquarters Company Commander for 5th Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, TX. Following his Company Commands, Tyler Tafelski was selected for the Acquisition Corps and attended graduate school at Webster University. Tyler was then assigned as an Assistant Product Manager for the Ground Combat Vehicle project, and then an Assistant Product Manager for Project Management Stryker Brigade Combat Team (PM SBCT) located at Detroit Arsenal, MI. Following his branch qualifying assignments, Tyler was assigned as a Program Integrator for DCMA and was subsequently assigned as the interim Commander of DCMA BAE systems located in Nashua, NH. After a civilian Director was hired for the lead position, Tyler assumed the Deputy Director position to aid in the transition.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Human Factor’s Engineering from the Unites States Military Academy, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Webster’s University. He is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified in Program Management and a member of the Acquisition Corps.
His awards and badges include the Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, Expert Infantrymen’s Badge, Bronze Star (Oak leaf), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Metal (Oak Leaf), Army Commendation Metal (Oak Leaf), Army Achievement Metal (Oak Leaf), National Defense Service Metal, Iraqi Campaign Metal (Three Stars), Global War on Terror Service Metal, Army Service Ribbon and Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Tyler married to his wife, Monica, in 2002 and has four children: Viviana, Landon, Jameson, and Owen.
Susan Olson Capano began attending Gethsemane in 1980, shortly after her arrival from her native Minnesota. Her previous congregations had been Our Savior’s Lutheran in Kelliher, MN, and Den Norske Lutherske Mindekirke in Minneapolis. She and her husband Peter raised their two children, Neil and Lucia, in the church, proudly seeing them through Christmas pageants, Santa Lucia Fests, and confirmation.
Susan is a retired Concord High School teacher with a robust math tutoring business run out of her Manchester home. Currently she serves the parish as chair of the Property Committee, seeing that the parking lot and the building are well-maintained, among other duties.
Hello! My name is Abby Kelly. My family (Jeff, husband, Jeffrey 13, Jaelynne 10 and Jaya 8) and I have been members of Gethsemane since 2008. My mother (Lynne Dapice) has also become a member of the church within the last year. I was raised in the Lutheran church, mostly at Ascension Lutheran in South Burlington Vermont. I was baptized, confirmed, married and had one of our children baptized there. I love the Lutheran church and the mission of the church and we have chosen to raise our children here as well. I am employed by the American Red Cross and teach children health, safety and preparedness classes. I enjoy spending my free time with our family, scrapbooking, reading, and crafting. I am really excited to become a member of the council and work together with the church towards fulfilling our mission!