Good Shepherd is a member congregation of the East District of Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC), a family (or synod) of confessing Lutheran pastors and congregations bound together by our common teaching, believing, and confessing of the historic Lutheran confession of the Christian Faith. This is by no means merely a local or even a national confession. This faith is held and proclaimed together with other Lutheran church bodies worldwide, among which is our sister church, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). This means that you will find the confession of faith of all our sister churches to be the same as ours – the truth of God does not change! “If you abide in My Word,” Jesus says, “you are truly My disciples, and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).
Our founding pastor was the Rev. Robert “Bob” Bruer who served us from 1987-1998, and our current pastor since 1999 is the Rev. David Milette. Other Gospel workers who have served among us for a time have included the now Rev. David Gallas (vicarage/pastoral internship 1995-96), Rev. Deane Detlefsen (vacancy pastor 1998-1999), Mr. Kurt Schultz (summer vicar/seminarian, summers 2009-2010), Deacon Shelaine Clasper (teacher 2010-2012), Rev. Padre Paul Williams (GSLC Visiting Pastor, 2009-2012), and Rev. Timothy Teuscher (GSLC Visiting Pastor for PEI, Summer 2013) who all assisted our congregation and its varied ministries. Currently the Rev. Mark Smith (2015-) assists us as GSLC Visiting Pastor for PEI. We rejoice in the partnership we have in the Gospel with so many and the help and encouragement through the Good News of Jesus Christ our Saviour which we continue to receive by God’s grace!
Halifax NS and the Annapolis Valley NS
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (previously Faith Lutheran Church/Nova Scotia Lutheran Outreach) grew out of a preaching station under Good Shepherd’s pastoral care, and was established at the commissioning of then Missionary-at-Large to the Maritime Provinces Rev. David Maffett in June 2000, a position in which he continued to serve until May 2008. From 2008 to 2012, Pastor Milette served them as Supervising Pastor, in large part with the help of visiting pastors and especially Pastor Paul Williams who eventually relocated to the Halifax area to serve them better. In Summer 2012, Faith was “adopted” by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Stratford Ont, and Pastor Timothy Teuscher became their official Supervising Pastor, while Pastor Williams continued to serve them locally until 2013 when he accepted a call to another congregation. In Spring 2013, Faith moved from Dartmouth to their present location in Halifax and took on the new name St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church to signify their fraternal relationship with St. Peter’s (in the Bible, Andrew is Peter’s brother). LCC Military Chaplain Padre David Jackson served them from 2013 to 2015, and since August 2015 Pastor Mark Smith, the LCC Atlantic Region Circuit Riding Pastor, is serving them with God’s Word and Sacrament, as well as others across the Atlantic Provinces. Though far-reaching, the mission of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church continues to center around a small worshiping congregation in Halifax, NS. Under Pastor Smith’s care, St. Andrew’s little preaching station started in 2013 continues in the Annapolis Valley.
Prince Edward Island
Since July 2007, Good Shepherd has sought out and ministered to Lutherans and those interested in the Lutheran confession of the Faith on Prince Edward Island with a monthly Divine Service. We have helpers in this too and have been blessed to have serving among us Mr Kurt Schultz (summer 2009-2010), Rev. Paul Williams (2009-2011), and Rev. Timothy Teuscher (summer 2012). Since mid 2015, Pastor Mark Smith, the LCC Atlantic Region Circuit Riding Pastor, is also assisting Good Shepherd with regular and exceptional pastoral care there as Good Shepherd’s Visiting Pastor for PEI.
Across the Atlantic Provinces
If you live in Atlantic Canada and you are a Lutheran; if you are interested in finding out more about the Lutheran confession of the faith; or if you are simply looking for help to grow as a Christian or find answers to your questions, we would love to hear from you!