Good Shepherd is a member congregation 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)
- the now Rev. Kurt Schultz (summer vicar/seminarian, summers 2009-2010)
- Deacon Shelaine Clasper (principal/teacher, Concordia Academy of GSLC, 2010-2012)
- Rev. Padre Paul Williams (GSLC Visiting Pastor, 2009-2012)
- Rev. Timothy Teuscher (GSLC Visiting Pastor for Good Shepherd-Charlottetown PEI, Summer 2013)
- Rev. Mark Smith (GSLC Visiting Pastor for Good Shepherd-Charlottetown PEI, 2015-2016)
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!
From Halifax NS, to the Annapolis Valley NS, and beyond: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
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 since 1999, and was established at the commissioning of 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, both onsite and by sending a steady stream of visiting pastors to them to provide solid preaching and teaching; starting in 2010, Pastor Milette provided for them especially with the help of Pastor Paul Williams who eventually relocated to the Halifax area to serve them better and to serve the Canadian Forces-Reserves as chaplain. In 2011, a preaching station was started in the Annapolis Valley NS, and 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 the women and men of the Canadian Forces stationed in the Halifax area from 2013 to 2015. From 2015-2018, Pastor Mark Smith served them as the LCC Atlantic Region Circuit Riding Pastor, also providing care for others across the Atlantic Provinces. Already in 2015, Good Shepherd asked Pastor Smith to take over care for our one catechumen in Newfoundland and, in late 2016, invited St. Andrew’s to take over pastoral care for its Charlottetown, PEI preaching station. After Pastor Smith accepted a call to a Synodical position, the Rev. Ron Mohr and then the Rev. Kurt Reinheart served as succesive vacancy pastors from 2018-2019, providing a steady rotation of visiting pastors to care for them as they prepared to call their first pastor as a congregation. In September 2019, the Rev. John Nieminen was installed as the Pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church where he continues to serve faithfully to this day.
Though far-reaching, the mission of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church continues to center around a worshiping congregation in Halifax, NS.
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 had helpers here too, and have been blessed to have serving among us Vicar Kurt Schultz (summer 2009-2010), Rev. Paul Williams (2009-2011), and Rev. Timothy Teuscher (summer 2012). From mid 2015, Pastor Mark Smith, the LCC Atlantic Region Circuit Riding Pastor, also assisted Good Shepherd with regular and exceptional pastoral care there as Good Shepherd’s Visiting Pastor for PEI, and in 2016 we asked St. Andrew’s in NS to take over pastoral care for the preaching station as they were in a better position to provide more care for our members there.
Across the Atlantic Provinces
If you live in Atlantic Canada and you are a Lutheran; if you are interested in finding out more about Lutherans or the Lutheran Church; 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!