History

Good Shepherd dates back to 1994 when a small group of Lutherans gathered together for home Bible study.  From this core group came the spark to take the first steps to form a new Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod congregation in Northern Kentucky.

Good Shepherd's first publicly advertised Sunday Service was held in September 1995 at the American Legion Hall in Florence.  That same year, a Sunday School was established and the first Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was held.

In 1996, Pastor Gil Duchow was installed as Mission Developer for Good Shepherd and Immanuel, Dry Ridge.  Pastor Duchow would later accept Good Shepherd's call to serve as full-time Pastor in 2000.

Through faith, the first step of building our current "church on a hill" was taken when the Ohio District Church Extension Fund Board of Directors purchased four acres and the building on Gunpowder Road for Good Shepherd's worship and educational facility.  Renovation of the building began in 1997, with the first Sunday Service being held there in March.  In 1998, a dedication service was held for Good Shepherd's current facility upon the completion of the sanctuary and the remodeled education and fellowship building.

In 2003, Good Shepherd explored its future vision by establishing a Vision Committee.  This committee reviewed the needs for facilities, outreach, and worship based upon home-based meetings with our members.  Good Shepherd was at a point where, in addition to continuing to build on our strengths in the mission field, it was important to investigate the long term vision of expanding the current facilities to maintain our momentum.  The Vision Committee's study suggested that our church would serve our families better and increase our outreach efforts through the building of additional classrooms and a large fellowship area.

Based upon the results, a Building Committee was formed to organize that vision in light of a proposed building expansion project.  An architect was hired to create a building plan that incorporated the current and future mission needs of Good Shepherd.

In 2005, Good Shepherd celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the theme "In the Shepherd's Footsteps."  Today our membership climbs to around 250 members and has expanded its ministry through Sunday worship, children's Sunday School, adult Bible Studies, youth ministries, family activities and other outreach activities into the community.  Through God's holy grace, our church continues to be growing and following in the Shepherd's footsteps.