Staff Page

Rev. Michael E. Walters
Pastor Mike comes to us with almost twenty years of ordained  ministry service.  He  received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus Ohio in May of 1997 after finishing his Bachelors degree at Capital University  where he majored in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources.

Prior to his call to ordained ministry Pr. Mike served as a youth director at  a small Lutheran church in San Diego, and was a licensed contractor after receiving his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps. 

Pastor Mike and his wife Sue have been married for almost 28  years and have two grown sons. the oldest, David, resides in Ohio and their youngest, Adam, lives  here in Michigan.   In his spare time Pr. Mike enjoys an occasional game of golf  and travel.

Claudia Karpinskas,
Office Administrator 

Claudia has been a church worker for almost 20 years in a variety of different ministries, with the most extensive training and most longevity in Youth and Family Ministry. In addition Claudia currently is also on SEMI synod staff as the Practice Discipleship Coach, assigned by the synod Bishop Kriess.
Claudia and her husband Bruno were married at Good Shepherd 30 years ago this November. Two of their three daughters were baptized at Good Shepherd and Claudia herself was baptized at Our Savior Lutheran Church now merged with Good Shepherd.  She grew up in Madison Hts. Graduating from Lamphere High School.
Claudia and her family love to spend vacations in northern Michigan, loves to golf, read, cook, and learn new things. She and her husband live in Troy and are very happy to be “home”.

Nathan Schleicher,
Director of Modern Worship & Director of STAGE Youth Ministry

Nathan has been a worship leader for 15 years in the ELCA.  During that time he has released several original albums, led worship workshops at churches across the country as well as at Trinity Seminary, and has been asked to design and lead worships at Synod Assemblies, National Youth Gatherings, The Michigan Gatherings, and many other festivals and events.  He strives to make the modern worship at Good Shepherd meaningful and approachable for any age or background.  

Since his college summers at camp Michi-Lu-Ca, he has been working with youth to build their relationships with each other and with God.  His current position as STAGE Director is a role that gives him the opportunity to creatively work with mid-highs and senior-highs from multiple churches in the Berkley & Royal Oak communities.    

Nathan is married and has a toddler who keeps him perpetually tired and/or late.  He enjoys unique coffees, micro-brews, and discovering new music.   In his spare time (ha!) his formal background in industrial design often leads him to working on graphics or exhibit spaces for local non-profits and museums.

Michael Canales – Composer - Conductor
Director of Traditional Worship

Michael Canales has received major grants from organizations such as The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and the Nevada Arts Council for his work as a composer and conductor. He has composed works in the major Classical Music genres including Operatic and Symphonic repertoire. As a conductor his specialty is Opera, wherein he has conducted the works of the four great opera composers, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner, as well as the other important works in the standard repertoire. Maestro Canales is also an accomplished Classical Guitarist, as well as competent Pianist, Organist, and Percussionist.

Jim Hammond,

  Jim Hammond has been the custodian of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church since 2005.
  Married to Peggy, they make their home in Troy, MI.