Staff Page

Claudia Karpinskas,
Administrative Assistant

Claudia has been a church worker for almost 20 years in a variety of different ministries, with the most extensive training and most longevity in Youth and Family Ministry. In addition Claudia currently is also on SEMI synod staff as the Practice Discipleship Coach, assigned by the synod Bishop Kriess.
Claudia and her husband, Bruno, were married at Good Shepherd over 30 years ago. Two of their three daughters were baptized at Good Shepherd and Claudia herself was baptized at Our Savior Lutheran Church now merged with Good Shepherd.  She grew up in Madison Hts. graduating from Lamphere High School.
Claudia and her family love to spend vacations in northern Michigan, loves to golf, read, cook, and learn new things. She and her husband live in Troy and are very happy to be “home”.

Michael Canales – Composer - Conductor
Minister of Music

Michael Canales has received major grants from organizations such as The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and the Nevada Arts Council for his work as a composer and conductor. He has composed works in the major Classical Music genres including Operatic and Symphonic repertoire. As a conductor his specialty is Opera, wherein he has conducted the works of the four great opera composers, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner, as well as the other important works in the standard repertoire. Maestro Canales is also an accomplished Classical Guitarist, as well as competent Pianist, Organist, and Percussionist. 

Most recently, Michael answered a request from his friend, a church music director in the Chicago area.  An instrumental prelude was needed for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Cello and Harp to celebrate All Saints Day services.  Michael quickly composed a new piece on Monday, and had the piece to him on Tuesday.  Here is the beautiful composition he created in less than 24 hours!