church staff

Robert Austell (Pastor)has served Good Shepherd since March of 2002. He is a graduate of Davidson College, studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston, MA), and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a M.Div. in 1996. He has a D.Min. from RTS-Charlotte with focus on a biblical theology of worship and music. He is married to Heather and has three daughters. More info: bio | ministry passions Contact Robert at
Zach Drummond (Director of Youth and Children's Ministry) joined the staff in September of 2018. Zach graduated from UGA in English and English Education and has worked in college ministry and youth ministry over the past four years. He loves Jesus and people and connecting the two. He loves games of all kinds and plays several musical instruments. He and Lindsay married in 2017 and moved to Charlotte in 2018. Contact Zach at
Eric VanderHeide (Director of Music Ministries) joined the staff in September of 2015. Eric has a personal and vibrant faith, with many years of worshiping and serving in the Christian Reformed Church. He leads our choral program and our contemporary worship team ministry. Besides being a gifted vocalist and director, Eric as a background in music education, musical theater, and visual arts. He is married to Lisa and they have two children. Contact Eric at 

Melissa Baker (GSPC Preschool Director) joined the staff of Good Shepherd in July of 2005. She is also a life-long member of Good Shepherd (though she was three at the time). Melissa has B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from UNCC in Child and Family studies and education and taught public school pre-K for 6 years before coming on staff. She is married to Russ and they have two daughters and a sweet dog named Bentley. Contact Melissa at 

Lisa Trevisan (Financial Administrator) joined the staff of Good Shepherd in September of 2018. She is from Connecticut but has made Weddington her home with husband, Chris, and three children in their 20s. She has served in similar roles at several sister churches in the area. She enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time at home with her Shih Tzu, family, and friends. We are pleased to welcome Lisa to the Good Shepherd family! Contact Lisa at

Joni Bailey (Administrative Assistant) joined the staff of Good Shepherd in June of 2015. Her gentle and welcoming spirit is often the first face or voice a caller or visitor experiences. In addition to wonderful gifts of hospitality and welcome, she handles all the volunteer lists and contacts, bulletin and print materials, scheduling of space, cleaning and supplies, and more. You can reach Joni at

Samantha Davis (Staff Nursery Worker) is our Sunday Morning Nursery Worker. Samantha has a B.S. in Biology from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She is currently working towards her Med Tech certification while employed at Sunrise Assisted Living on Providence Rd. and is also pursuing a nursing degree at Queens University with plans to graduate in 2020. When Samantha isn’t working or studying she loves spending time with her family, being outdoors and playing mini-golf!