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Pastor Susan Strouse - - gmail.com@pastorsusan.goodshepherd

Pastor Susan Strouse is a native of Pottstown, PA (near Philadelphia) and is a graduate of Antioch University/Philadelphia (B.A. in Human Services) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Master of Divinity) She has previously served congregations in Buffalo, NY; Novato, CA; and San Francisco, CA. She has been at Good Shepherd since February 2020.

In 2005 she received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Her area of study and interest is interfaith theology, particularly working with congregations and clergy to explore the meaning of being a Christian in our religiously diverse world. She served as the Interim Executive Director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco in 2011-2012. Her book The INTRAfaith Conversation: How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters? was published in 2016. Pastor Susan's website and blog can be found at https://intrafaithconversation.com 

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Michael Stelo-Smith - Director of Music

 

Michael Strelo-Smith proudly serves as the Director of Music of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. He began this personal call to music ministry in January 2017 as weekly musician. 

As a singer he burst onto the national scene with his appearances on the hit NBC/Universal program America's Got Talent. He first appeared on season two and was honored to be selected as a Quarter-Finalist. He returned for season three, where he was selected as one of the top performing acts in the United States as a Semi- Finalist. His performances were seen on some of the highest rated episodes with over 12 million viewers each night. He garnered praise from audiences around the world when the show aired internationally. 

With numerous musical theatre performances to his credit, some of his favorite roles include: Archibald Craven (THE SECRET GARDEN); Jack (INTO THE WOODS); Audrey II (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS); Charlie Brown (SNOOPY); Billy (CAROUSEL); and solo appearances in SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, CLOSER THAN EVER, THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND, and A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING. 

Well at home on the operatic stage Mr. Strelo-Smith has been seen as Pooh Bah (THE MIKADO); Horace Tabor (THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE); Falke in (DIE FLEDERMAUS); and Harlekin (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS). He garnered high critical praise for his interpretation of Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY with West Bay Opera, Bay Shore Lyric Opera and Livermore Valley Opera. Michael was a featured soloist in the nationally covered final concert of the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

As a national finalist in the 2003 Classical Productions Voice Competition, Mr. Strelo- Smith was heard in Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall. In 2000 Mr. Strelo- Smith received a study grant from the Licia Albanese - Puccini Foundation and was invited to appear in the annual winners concert in New York's Alice Tully Hall. He is also a past 1st place winner of the Berkeley Piano Club Voice Competition and a semi- finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts. 

Mr. Strelo-Smith holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University. The majority of his Master’s Degree was focused on the integration of social justice and LGBTQ issues with performance. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical 

Performance with a minor in Religious Studies, summa cum laude, from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. 

Mr. Strelo-Smith is a 2016 broadwayworld.com San Francisco Best Featured Actor nominee for his performances as Vice-Principal Panch in 25TH ANNUAL... SPELLING BEE. He was again nominated in 2017 as Best Featured Actor for his performances as Count Carl-Magnus in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. 

The summer of 2018 included concerts in Scotland, Switzerland, and Germany.