Pastor Shawn grew up on the Canadian border of northern Minnesota and was educated at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
Before coming to serve as Interim Pastor at Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church, Pastor Shawn served for three years as Minister of Music and Education at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights, MN, for four years as secretary to the bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod, St. Paul, MN and for seven years as a co-pastor at the three congregations of the Baudette (MN) Lutheran Parish. Since moving to Washington, DC in 2011, he served as the sabbatical pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Annandale, VA, and at All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie, MD and has provided pulpit supply services for congregations throughout the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod.
Pastor Shawn and his spouse, Mo Goff, live in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC. He is an avid walker, sings with the Thomas Circle Singers choral ensemble and is always open to trying new restaurants. Pastor Shawn enjoys traveling and especially enjoys traveling back to Minnesota to visit friends and family including his daughter, Emma Grace, who is in the tenth grade.
Debbie Greene, Director of Music, is an accomplished pianist, organist and vocalist. She is a charter member of Gloria Dei! but began her early music training as a student of Mrs. Dorothy Webster at St. John's Lutheran Church in Linthicum. At an early age she played for chapel and church services developing a love of church music. By age 16 she was the organist at Asbury United Methodist Church, Arnold. From 1975-1979 Debbie was the Assistant Organist at the United States Naval Academy. There she played three church services, directed the Catholic Folk Mass, and worked with the midshipmen on their yearly musicals. After moving to Connecticut, Debbie was an eighth grade English and Social Studies teacher for 13 years. She also served as Organist at the Road Church in Stonington, Connecticut. Following several additional moves with her Navy husband, Brent, she returned to Maryland and Gloria Dei! in 1992. Since that time she has been involved in many aspects of the music program. Currently she plays Sunday morning worship services, directs the Sunday School and Youth choirs and the Hand Bell ensemble. She is also involved with the Children's Christmas pageant and special youth music services. She has been blessed to do special music worship services with retired Pastor Tom Willamsen and interim Pastor Shawn Brandon. Debbie coordinates all administrative responsibilities for the music program and provides support as needed to the other dedicated directors and groups within the music program at Gloria Dei!
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Education Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has also taken graduate courses at Westminster Choir College in music and conducting. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve God through her music at Gloria Dei!
Patti Durst, interim choir director, has been involved in music in Anne Arundel County since 1985. She has worked with school choruses and orchestras, individual singers and instrumentalists in many settings including musicals, college auditions, solo-ensemble festivals, and recitals. She has 29 years’ experience in church music as accompanist and choir director, and substitutes frequently in area churches.
Cathy received her Bachelor of Art and Science Degree from Southern Illinois University with a major in Retail and Apparel Design and a minor in Art. Soon after graduation she began a job, using her retail knowledge and degree, at Walmart as Assistant Manager. After a job change she took a job at Sears Roebuck and Co. Credit Department in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, she met her husband, Jeff, and moved to Arnold, Maryland, where he was born and raised. Twelve years ago Cathy and Jeff were married here at Gloria Dei!. Cathy continued her retail work transferring to the Sears store in Annapolis, as Operations Manager. From there until their family started to grow she worked briefly at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Oreck and as an Independent Beauty Consultant for the Mary Kay Company. They now have two boys, Tanner and Zachary. Both boys will attend Broadneck Elementary School in the fall of 2014. Cathy is a member of the Pi Beta Phi National Sorority and the Annapolis Panhellenic Club, both philanthropic organizations. She and her family are members of Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church. Cathy is very excited to be part of the Gloria Dei! Family and staff.