The Good Shepherd Church of God In Christ, Inc.

                                                            CHURCH HISTORY


After much prayer and fasting, on January 1, 1989 Elder Tony Torain and his wife, Celestine, organized The Good Shepherd Church of God In Christ. For months they had sought the Lord about their next step in ministry and through a series of events, the Lord made it clear that they were to avail themselves to him for the establishment of a ministry.

The Good Shepherd Church seeks to minister to the whole man. In addition to the many fellowships and teaching ministries in the church, the church has a wide range of outreach ministries. It partners with the local school to help poor and struggling families, it has a ministry to incarcerated men and women, it has a monthly outreach dinner for families in the community, it has a ministry to the sick and shut-in, it has a food pantry that feeds hungry families, it has a ministry to college students and military personnel and since the church’s inception it has had a nursing home ministry. Our ministry philosophy grows out of the Great Commission in which the Lord Jesus commands us to reach out to the lost and hurting and to teach those who have accepted him.

The church seeks to be child-friendly, understanding that the childhood experience of person in church impacts his or her ability to seek Jesus as an adult. The church seeks to be nurturing. It is no accident that the name of the church is The Good Shepherd Church as it seeks to emulate the character of Christ that nurturing and pastoral. The church seeks to be welcoming to all and is open to the worship style of any culture as long as that style is bible based. The church seeks to be a place where worship is spirit-led and at the same time orderly. And, finally, the church seeks to be well run using accepted management principles to bring order to the house of God.