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Daniel & Alexa Carter
Daniel has been a part of the music at CGS since he and Alexa started to attend in 2003. He plays mandolin for Sunday praise and has also sung in choir and various ensembles. Other occasional instruments for him include banjo, rhythm guitar, and classical guitar. He appreciates the vibrant music community at CGS and the many opportunities he has been given to participate musically with his CGS family. Outside of church, he plays for The Coins, the folk-acoustic band which also includes his wife and brother-in-law.
Alexa has been into music her whole life, from constant singing around the house as a little girl, to various choirs through middle and high school, to a degree from UNCC in vocal performance. At CGS, she sings for Sunday praise as well as choir and various ensembles. To pass on her love for music, she has directed many children's and youth choirs, and currently directs a children's choir which includes many CGS families. Outside of church, she sings for The Coins, the folk-acoustic band which also includes her husband and brother.
Justin Carlson is a long-time member (since 1999) and musician at Church of the Good Shepherd. He has been involved in many facets of the music ministry over the past 16 years, including Sunday morning worship sets, special music, choir, men’s a cappella, and instrumental accompaniment.
Justin also serves CGS as a Ruling Elder (2005-2008, 2015-present) and frequent adult Sunday school teacher. He and his wife routinely serve Communion and work in the nursery, and he also participates in the CGS softball team.
In his day job, Justin is a Leadership Development consultant, working with large companies to improve their leaders, mainly through strengthening “soft” skills like communication, influence, and team management. He has worked at Harvard University, Duke University, and Kansas State University, and is familiar with both corporate and academic settings.
Justin earned his Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Duke University. For his final project, he composed three a cappella movements of a Missa Brevis, for mixed male voices. His graduated cum laude from Kansas State University, with a B.A. in Humanities, and a dual emphasis in Philosophy and Vocal Performance. He continues to perform at community events as opportunities arise, and recently sang the national anthem for the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, as well as the Team USA Prospect Classic.
Justin is married to Mary Carlson, and they have three children, Drew (11), Amy (9), and Beth (9). Drew plays trumpet in his Middle School band, and Amy and Beth both enjoy playing piano and singing in the children’s choir.
Lisa grew up in Raleigh where music had been a big part of her life starting at a young age. Growing up, she loved playing classical guitar, piano and being a part of school and community choirs. Singing became her passion and continued to be an important part of her life as she began college at UNC, joining the Carolina Choir and an all-female a cappella group named Cadence. Lisa graduated in 2011 with a BA in Elementary Education. She is now in her 5th year of teaching 1st grade at Cameron Park Elementary in Hillsborough. She is delighted that music is once again part of her life through worship at CGS!
Lisa lives in Chapel Hill with her husband Scott, who is currently pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry at UNC. She is once again a Tar Heel, pursuing a masters in education with a concentration in literacy. Lisa enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time at the beach and watching Carolina basketball. GO HEELS!!!
Leland Little lives with his wife, Beth, and two daughters, Emma and Madison, in Durham, North Carolina. They have attended and are current members of CGS since June of 2009. Leland serves on the worship team, playing electric guitar, and enjoys fellowship with the other musicians.
Mark has been with the CGS praise band since 2007 and started playing guitar in 1986. He began playing the acoustic guitar, but eventually moved on to playing electric in the last several years. He enjoys experimenting with different types of sounds from alternative-prog rock to funk. His musical influences are U2, Coldplay, Sly and the Family Stone, and Chris Tomlin. He and his wife Kara like to go camping, watch movies, and eat at local restaurants. With his two children (Nathan, 7 and Anna, 4), he enjoys playing board games, playing on the swing set, and throwing baseballs and frisbees.
Matt Kiefer grew up in Chapel Hill and attended Church of the Good Shepherd on and off through high school and college. After graduate school in Cleveland and Memphis, he returned to central North Carolina in 2013 to complete his doctorate in Violin Performance at UNC Greensboro. Matt loves being back in the area for many reasons, including family, friends, and familiar culture. He is especially glad, though, that when he returned to NC in 2013 he joined a small group at Good Shepherd and became a member of the church. Going through life with his small group has been rich and challenging--especially since he now lives in Greensboro--and has been a highlight of his two years back in North Carolina.
Matt has performed on violin in America, Europe, and Asia, but he is always glad to return to his music family at Good Shepherd, even if some early Sunday mornings he needs coffee before he can remember this gladness. When not working with music at CGS or spending time with his small group, Matt is studying in Greensboro, teaching at High Point University, or reading a good book.
Jenny Stanley was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. At the age of 4 she asked her parents to let her take violin lessons. For the next two years her parents tried to talk her out of it, hoping instead she’d pick piano or flute, both of which they already owned. When Jenny was 6, her parents finally relented. Her first lessons involved learning how to hold the instrument, which looked suspiciously like a paint stirrer glued to a margarine box. After graduation from “box class,” Jenny embarked on her musical journey. After years of sounding like a dying cat, she began to get the hang of it. In high school she grew tired of the violin section and all its drama and switched to the viola. She fell in love with its deeper sound and the lower key environment (no pun intended). Over the past 25 years she has played with numerous quartets, ensembles and symphonies all over NC. She spent a summer working as a music librarian at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and worked the following year for the Spoleto USA festival in Charleston, SC.
In 2002 Jenny began her undergraduate studies in the beautiful NC Mountains. She tried out several different majors, including music and music technology. After taking some time off, she returned to school and fell in love with ecology. In 2009 she received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from UNC-Asheville and spent her summers doing field ecology research in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on the Alaskan tundra north of the Arctic Circle, along the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail, and at Eno River State Park. The next two summers were spent traipsing around a remnant Piedmont prairie near Durham for graduate school and Jenny received a M.S. in Plant Biology from NC State University in 2013. Currently, Jenny works for the NC Plant Conservation Program as a land management specialist and enjoys being outside every day. She is thankful for the gift of music and the opportunity to share in worship.