Church Council Members

Moderator:  Dennis O'Grady   Moderator Elect:  Jeremy Morse   Past Moderator:  Jen Blackwell 

Financial Secretary:  Bob Koeppe    Treasurer:  Jill Malayang   Clerk:  Corky Peck

Christian Education:  Mary Beth Damm   Youth:  Anna Epperson   

Doorkeepers:  Lara Wolf   Church in Society:  Dale Magee    Finance Committee:  Nathie Malayang

Church Life:  Maya Sheets   Nominating:  Benjie Johnson   Worship:  Kristin Shankleton

Stewardship:  Bobby Johnson   Budget:  Alice Schuman 

Church & Ministry Committee:  Cindy Bodewes, Jane Terwilliger, Charles Coleman


Pastors and Staff

Rev. Deborah Dean-Ware, Pastor

Pastor Deb has been the settled pastor at The Church of the Good Shepherd (COGS) since January 2012. Before moving to Washtenaw County, she served two different churches in Madison, Wisconsin as Associate Pastor (Orchard Ridge UCC 2000-2006; Lake Edge UCC 2007-2011).   She graduated from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, with her Masters of Divinity in 2000, and is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.

Pastor Deb is delighted to serve COGS and to work with a vibrant congregation that is filled with strong lay leadership, that has a deep and long-standing commitment to racial and sexual/gender justice, that loves to worship and to support and care for one another.  

Deb is married to Robert Dean-Ware, who is a registered nurse working at the University of Michigan Hospital. They have a young son, Josiah, who is 11. The Dean-Ware household includes a French bulldog (Putt Putt), a mixed breed puppy (Amber) and one cats ( Courage).  The entire family looks forward to being a part of Ann Arbor and The Church of the Good Shepherd for many years to come.

You can reach Pastor Deb at  


Rev. Michele Burrell, Assistant Pastor of Administration and Pastoral Care

Pastor Michele lives in Pontiac with her husband, Bryant, a chef and caterer, and their 17 year old daughter, Taelor, who is a senior at Detroit School of the Arts.  Taelor is studying Drama and Theater.  Together, Bryant and Michele also raised a son, Bryant Jr, who is 26, and a niece, Janiquia, who is 24, both of whom are launched and pursuing their own careers.

Pastor Michele was ordained into the Christian Ministry in 1996, and has served as Associate Ministers in two different congregations in Pontiac.  She is still active in her home church of Galilean Baptist Church where she preaches, offers pastoral care, and works in youth ministry.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, a Masters of Business Management, and a Masters of Divinity equivalent degree (Pre-Doctoral certificate).  She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. 

You can reach Pastor Michele at


Dr. Liz Ames, Music Director

Liz came onto staff as Director of Music in the fall of 2017, and serves as our church musician and adult choir director.  She received her Doctorate of Music Arts from Arizona State University in 2013 and her Masters of Piano Performance from University of Louisville in 2009.  Liz is also on staff at the University of Michigan School of Music as a collaborative pianist, working closely Dr. Timothy McAllister, associate professor of Saxophone and supporting students of all kinds.