Samuel J. Gould, Director of Youth Ministry
office: 617-482-4826 ext. 215
Sam Gould began as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in June 2011. In this role he is visible coordinating the Diocesan Youth Council and Youth Leadership Academy, leading diocesan youth retreats and serving as the Head Chaplain at the Barbara C. Harris Camp during the summers. He is also a resource to parishes across the diocese serving to assist with the implementation or development of youth programs at the parish or deanery level. He has worked at the Barbara C. Harris Camp since 2005, serving as a Counselor, Team Leader and Head Counselor before beginning his time as the Director of Youth Ministry and starting in October 2012 has been temporarily serving as the Acting Summer Camp Director.
Sam grew up in the Diocese of Massachusetts as a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Lawrence and then St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church in Lynn. While in high school he graduated from the Youth Leadership Academy in 2005, served on the Diocesan Youth Council from 2005 to 2007 and represented Province 1 as a member of the Official Youth Presence to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in 2006. He served the Diocese of Massachusetts as a Deputy to the General Convention in 2009 and 2012.
Outside of the church: Sam graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in Biology and Economics. Throughout college he competed at the national level in squash, a sport that he continues to play today, serving as the Assistant Coach at MIT. In his off hours he enjoys reading fantasy novels, watching funny movies, and keeping up to date on all of the Boston sports teams.
Megan E. Shepherd, Missioner for Congregational Support in Youth Ministry
office: 617-482-4826 ext. 232
Hello! My name is Megan Shepherd, and I am so pleased to be interning in the Office of Youth Ministry this year. This past May, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma State University, and felt a strong call to service ministry and faith-based community organizing. Thus, I’m currently serving as a Micah Fellow in the Life Together program, and I’m thrilled!
Youth mentorship and youth advocacy have always been a huge passion of mine. Too often, I feel our youth are overlooked and under-represented, and their many gifts and talents wasted. It’s no secret that youth is fleeting—and thus something to be valued. The eager passion and willingness to serve that often accompanies young adulthood holds so much for the future of the church, and I feel blessed to play a role in promoting that.
Growing up in Oklahoma, I was raised in the Episcopal faith tradition. Over time, my understanding of the church began to transform from an obligation into a privilege. As soon as I was able, I began attending our Diocesan summer camp, where I would later come to serve as a summer counselor for many years. In high school, I was a member of the Oklahoma Episcopal Youth Board (think Diocesan Youth Council), and active in various youth movements. In college, I helped with developing and co-directing youth programs like Spring Break Mission Camp, Girls Retreat and also served on the Executive team for the OSU’s Episcopal campus ministry. Whether leading or being led, the church has fed me immensely throughout my life, and the relationships I’ve fostered along the way have transformed me for good, and for the better.
Outside of the church, I love writing and reading, music, watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play basketball, being artsy-fartsy, playing Ultimate Frisbee, cooking and tasting foods of different cultures and animals that let me hold and love them.
the Rev. H. Mark Smith, Deacon, Office of Youth Ministry
In the church: Born and baptized in the Methodist Church, educated as a child in the Presbyterian Church, his youth spent a Baptist (first American, then Southern), Mark was confirmed into the Episcopal Church in 1979 and ordained a deacon in 2006 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. In addition to his assignment with the Diocesan Youth Ministries Office, Mark serves Sundays as deacon at St. John’s Church in Holbrook and with Grace Chapel, their mission congregation in Brockton. Previously he served as deacon at Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry.
In the world: Mark has a combination of experiences in the arts, education, social service, and business. Since 1996, Mark has been employed at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency supporting public programming in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Through this position he consults and trains on the development and evaluation of arts-based youth development programs across the state and nationally. Currently he is an advisor to the National Guild of Community Arts Education on their “Engaging Adolescents.” A native of central Pennsylvania, he has lived in the Boston area for 30 years, and woven in among his professional years in the arts, he has been a classroom teacher, a social service caseworker, a textbook editor with Houghton Mifflin Company, and operations manager for an electronic art and production firm. In his off hours he is an avid journaler, a sometime poet, and a recreational knitter.