A History Of Good Shepherd

IMG_5572“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

Good Shepherd Anglican Church was established as a Mission in October of 1972.

The first official building was the current Chapel; an historic native stone structure constructed over a two year period beginning in 1866 and initially home to the Acton Masonic Lodge.

In September 1981, Good Shepherd became a Parish and continued to grow, erecting the current Parish Hall in 1981 and dedicating a new church building in September 1988.

Father Stuart B. Smith

13479404538485_frSMITH.300x387.0_0_351_453Father Smith began his ordained priestly ministry in 1992 serving Trinity Church in Henrietta, Texas, and St. Patrick’s in Bowie, Texas. After two years at these mission, Fr. Smith received a call to serve as the assistant to Fr. Andrew L. Sloane at Grace Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It was from that parish that Fr. Smith was called to his first rector (“senior pastor”) position at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In July of 2006, Fr. Smith came to Good Shepherd, called to be the sixth rector of the parish.

In his vision for the parish family community at Good Shepherd, Fr. Smith encourages each area of the Christian community life as outlined in the New Testament church of Acts 2:

  1. Worship and formation in the biblical, creedal faith.
  2. The Koinoia: the fellowship of members of the body through a shared life of faith (especially in small group ministries).
  3. Evangelization: bearing witness and sharing the life in Christ with those who may not yet know the Lord Jesus.
  4. Compassionate outreach, with the Church seeking to reach out with the love of Christ to the poor, the hurting, and the lonely.

Father Bill Bloodgood

Fr. Bill BloodgoodFather Bloodgood was ordained to the deaconate in October of 1997, and ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 2001.

He has served as a priest in the Missionary Diocese of All Saints, and served as deacon and curate at the Church of the Intercessor in Granbury, Texas.

He has also worked as a chaplain of Her Majesty’s Own Highlanders, as well as Priest of the Church at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. 

Fr. Bloodgood has additionally trained in healing ministry under Francis McNutt Healing Ministries.