Who We Are

Faith

Everything we do at Good Shepherd is done on the basis or the object of our faith, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our worship focuses on Jesus and what he has done for us by living the perfect life we can’t, offering his life for us on the cross to pay for our sins, and rising to guarantee our place in heaven. All our worship – the Bible readings, the hymns and songs, prayers, and style of worship is a joyful reflection of our Savior coming to save us. All of our Bible Study, Sunday School, Teen Activities, and service opportunities begin with and focus on Jesus our Good Shepherd.

Family

Every family has different family members. Good Shepherd is no different. We are made up of many different individuals who are at the same time one in Jesus, brothers and sisters in faith. Jesus has joined us together as a body of believers and all we do is done to glorify him. As in any family we love, support, encourage one another in our lives of Christian faith.

Fellowship

Fellowship is what we do together as Christian brothers and sisters. We host different events throughout the year that allow us to spend some quality time together. There are also a lot of unofficial gatherings and time spent together as we work to encourage and build each other up in Christ’s love.

History of our congregation

Good Shepherd began in 1990 as a mission church of the Wisconsin Synod. It met at Interfaith of The Woodlands until the mid 1990s when the current building was constructed. Pastor Mark Bitter served as Good Shepherd’s pastor from 1990 until 2010. Pastor Andy Retberg came to Good Shepherd in 2008 and continues to serve the congregation today. Mr. Jim Boggs moved to The Woodlands in 2013 and began his service as the Youth Minister at Good Shepherd. The Lord has blessed and continues to bless our family of believers of about 300.

In 2001 Good Shepherd added a preschool, Good Shepherd Learning Center. God continues to bless us with full classes and dedicated teachers and staff. Ingrid Meyer is the preschool director.

Good Shepherd is dedicated to serving you and the people of The Woodlands with sound, Biblical teaching in preaching. But our local church has broader reach than just The Woodlands and surrounding area. Through our partnership with our national church body, we help spread God’s kingdom throughout the world.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The WELS, characterized as theologically conservative, is the third largest Lutheran church body in America. With national offices in Waukesha, Wisconsin, WELS began in 1850 when three German pastors met in Milwaukee. Today, it has grown to over 1200 congregations in North America. It has over 400,000 baptized members, which includes over 300,000 communicants, served by over 1000 pastors.

The synod operates four ministerial education schools: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin; Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota; Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wisconsin; and Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Michigan.

As members of the WELS, we share with our fellow believers in our synod’s stated mission:
As men, women, and children united in faith and worship by the Word of God, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod exists to make disciples throughout the world for time and for eternity, using the gospel in word and sacrament to win the lost for Christ and to nurture believers for lives of Christian service, all to the glory of God.

For more information about the WELS, check out www.wels.net. You will find a wide variety of information and resources available. The WELS also publishes a monthly magazine, “Forward in Christ.” Copies of the magazine are available in the church entryway.