2018 COUNCIL LEADERS Were elected at our November 12th, 2017 Congregational Meeting and were installed during the worship service on Feb, 11, 2018.

Our next Annual Meeting will be December 2, 2018 and we will have a Community Meeting on November 18, 2018. At the Community Meeting members will have a chance to ask specific / detailed questions on 2018 finances or the proposed spending plan for 2019. 

Below are copies of our documents:

Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations

Constitution and Canons

Gail Wathen – President   

Family Life: I’m  married with three adult children and three grandchildren whom I adore.  I am also blessed to have my 90-year old mom living with me. We have three four-legged members of our family who amuses us on a daily basis.  We enjoy the beach any time of year and football season.

Town Where You Live: Callaway, MD

What Brought You to Southern MD?: I came to SOMD because of a job offer at the Holiday Inn in Solomon’s as their Project Director.  It gave me an opportunity to be closer to my mom and family who lived in Baltimore.  I stayed with that position for a while before accepting another job at Channel 10 where I did layout  and design of the Best Buys Magazine and content writer for a publication designed for The National Chambers of Commerce.  This was a separate venture on behalf of the owners of Channel 10.  When my husband started his business, I left my job to help him.  This gave me more time to pursue my passion in the health and fitness world which I had been a part of since 1986.

Job Title and Employer: I am self-employed and have a business called, Breath of Hope Yoga.  My partner and I work independently with, and conduct retreats for people who have cancer and other chronic illness. We also offer teacher training’s and continuing education CEU’s for yoga instructors and health care professionals who are interested in using yogic techniques with clients/patients.  I also conduct meditation workshops, Enhance Fitness instruction, and specialty yoga classes for the St Mary’s County department of Aging.

GSLC Member Since: 1999

Activities: I love music and enjoy playing with JRP at Good Sam. This for me is not only worship but therapeutic as it allows me to tap into a part of me that needs to be expressed.   I also enjoy walks on the boardwalk in OC where I find myself engaging with all kinds of interesting people and where I can just sit my the ocean and meditate.

Christy Hartigan –   Vice President

Family Life: I am married with 4 daughters – 2 grown up and 2 still at home

Town Where You Live:  Clements, MD

What Brought You to Southern MD?:  The Navy brought us to Southern Maryland – against our will at the time – 15 years ago.

Job Title and Employer:  I am currently serving as the Director of New Connections campaign within the ELCA Metro DC Synod and as an executive transition and life coach.

GSLC Member Since: 2003


Jim Wetzel – Treasurer

Family Life: married to Jill; empty nester with three grown kids

Town Where You Live: Lusby

What Brought You to Southern MD?: work/sailing

Job Title and Employer: Principal Systems Engineer with Leidos

GSLC Member Since: 2013

Activities: sailing, tinkering


Terri Doughty – Member At-Large

Family Life:  Married William (Billy) Doughty in 1976. We have 4 children:  William (Will) married to Kristy (children:  Hannah, William and Lily); Mary(children:  Heather, Ashley, Christopher, Lucas and Rebecca); Elizabeth married to Dustin (Child:  Matthew) and Steven.  Our godson moved in with us when he was around 14 and stayed until he got married.  We count his 4 sons as our grandchildren.
Town where I live: Lexington Park, MD
What brought you to Southern Maryland:  I was born here in 1958.  My father was in the Navy and ended up retiring here.
Job Title or Employer: I retired from the USPS and currently drive for UBER.
GSLC Member Since: around 2004 or 2005 but I started attending Good Sam in 2002.
Activities:  Geocaching, reading and as much traveling as we can do
Anything Else: I have a BA in history from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  I was an exchange student to Chile in 1975 while a student at GMHS.  We lived for 5 years in Germany (1985 to 1990) while my husband was in the Army.  After he got out I joined the Army Reserves and served from 1991 to 2004 with a 1 year deployment to the Iraq border.


Kelly Thurber – Member At-Large

Family Life:  My husband Eric and I met at confirmation camp when we were in middle school and maintained a friendship for over a decade.  We married in 2012 and we have 2 boys Max (5) and Eli (3)
Town where you live: Lexington Park
What brought you to Southern Maryland: We moved here for Navy Test Pilot School in 2016.
Job Title or Employer:  I am currently a work at home mom and Educational Services Representative for Usborne Books & More offering online parties, home parties, book fairs for organizations and schools, fundraisers, baby showers, Birthday & Holiday gifts and more. It is a blessing to have an opportunity as in independent consultant to have the flexibility to be so active with my kids and church family while still working to promote literacy.
GSLC Member Since:  We joined Good Sam fall 2016 (a year ago)
Activities: We have enjoyed being active in the fellowship of families group. I have also enjoyed serving with the fellowship team, as a pre-K Sunday School teacher, and volunteering with God’s Work Our Hands opportunities.  I have volunteered at Farming for Hunger, the Church Yard Sale, Co-coordinated the summer food drive effort, and volunteer with VBS.
Anything Else:  In the community I enjoy supporting local businesses and participating in military support roles. I am a mentor with COMPASS for Navy spouses, I’m involved with Stroller Warriors Running Club and I founded “Need A Break” Pax Child Care Co-Op. I have also organized a semi-annual “Children’s Expo’s” in Calloway to bring services for healthy families and children together for a community event.


Robert Mack – Member At-Large

Family Life:  Spouse Kanawha, seven children  and five grandchildren

Town Where You Live:  California, MD

What Brought You to Southern MD?: To have our children enjoy their grandparents are years of physical separation due to military commitment.

Job Title and Employer: NJROTC Instructor for Prince George’s County Public School

GSLC Member Since: 2016

Activities: Working out, Running, Fishing, and any outdoor activities  with our children and grandchildren.


Gennifer Koebke – Member At-Large

Family Life:  Married to George Koebke, mother of  Megan (28) and Son in Law Andrew, Chelsea (25), and Gregory (13)

Town Where You Live:  California, MD  – Wildewood

What Brought You to Southern MD?:   Teaching career with SMCPS after graduating from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA

Job Title and Employer:  Reading Instructional Resource Teacher  – Green Holly Elementary

GSLC Member Since:  Original Member back in the 90’s – not sure exact year

Activities:  Reading, Skiing, Swimming

Anything Else:  Originally from up North in Snow Country – Mayville, New York


Rich Simpson – Member At-Large

Family Life:  I’m married to the former Lori Dupuis of Crowley, Louisiana.  We have three children and blessed with a growing family.  Lindsay & Chad, Danielle & Sasha, Lauren & Bo and granddaughters Olive, Sloan, Hazel, Diem and Maple.

Town Where You Live:  Lexington Park

What Brought You to Southern MD?:  The Navy.

Job Title and Employer:  Senior Aviation Maintenance Specialist, Department of Defense.

GSLC Member Since:


Isaiah Mack – Youth Representative

Family Life: Son of Robert and Kanawha, my siblings are Hannah, Micah, and Tzipporah.

Town Where You Live: I live in California

What Brought You to Southern MD?: I was born here, and it is where my parents live.

Job Title and Employer: I am a student.

GSLC Member Since: 2016

Activities: I enjoy scouting and I am in the process of achieving Eagle Rank.