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Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

. . . seeking and serving Christ in all persons.


The Episcopal church in Athens, Ohio (Since 1875) Welcome!  The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Athens, Ohio is a diverse, welcoming, growing parish congregation, located on the campus of Ohio University - - Seeking to know and serve Christ in loving service to the Campus, the Community, and the world.
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A FULL AND EQUAL WELCOME TO ALL:   In May 2009, the vestry (our parish’s governing board) endorsed the following resolution - - "We, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, reaffirm with gratitude all provisions of the nondiscrimination canons of Episcopal Church.   In conformity with our longstanding commitment, we promise to surpass what is required of us as we actively welcome all people, without exception."

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This Coming Sunday


Third Sunday after the Epiphany


22 January 2017

8:00 a.m. Service: Holy Eucharist Rite I
Celebrant: The Rev. Deborah Woolsey
This early service has no music, is in the Bishop Black Chapel downstairs.

11:00 a.m. Service: Holy Eucharist Rite II-D
Celebrant: The Rev. Deborah Woolsey
    This is a full service, with music, upstairs in the Nave.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Wednesday Free Lunch
Wednesday, January 18, 12:00 noon

Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.

Vestry Meeting
Thursday, January 19, 7:00 p.m.

Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 22, following 10:30 a.m. service

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Tuesday, January 24, home of June Wieman

Wednesday Free Lunch
Wednesday, January 25, 12:00 noon

Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 p.m.

Adult Education resumes
Sunday, January 29, 9:00 a.m., Hobson Lounge

Alternate Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 29, following 10:30 a.m. service

Second Sunday Brunch
Sunday, February 12, noon

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, home of Zelma Coleman







The Rev. Deborah Woolsey Welcome to our Website! We are honored that you are visiting this site and hope that it will be a helpful way to learn more about this parish, our ministries, and our mission. Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself in your life, I hope you felt called to visit us, and will find what you need here. The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd has a history of taking the words of the Bible seriously that say we are to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.” It is our belief that these words, which are found in both the Old and New Testament, are the foundation of the way we are to live out our mission collectively and individually. We believe God loves us, and that every human being is created in God’s image. For us, that is really where it begins: and it means that we intentionally welcome all people regardless of gender, age, race, color, sexuality, socioeconomic status, marital status, politic, or physical condition.

At the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd we not only want to welcome you, we want to invite you to join us in growing in faith and love of God, and to live out our mission of seeing Christ in all persons and serving all persons in Christ. We believe that only together we can do the work of Jesus in loving God and loving our neighbors. In our parish’s life, we have found living this mission to be at times challenging and exhilarating, joyful and fulfilling, and that there truly is a place for all of us.

It is my prayer that you will find at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd a safe place for spiritual exploration and healing, a place where you find our words of welcome are really more than words and will join us in living out God love.

Many Blessings, Mother Deborah

The Rev. Deborah Woolsey is the Priest-In-Charge for the Church Of The Good Shepherd. Check HERE for biographical information.



WELCOME TO THE EPISICOPAL CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD!   Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey of faith, we welcome you in the name of Jesus.

FOR PASTORAL NEEDS please contact The Rev. Deborah Woolsey at 937-689-8895 (C) or 740-249-4497 (H) or 740-593-6877 (Church) or by e-mail at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERD please contact Allyn Reilly, Senior Warden, at 740-592-2596 or by e-mail at reillya@ohio.edu or The Rev. Deborah Woolsey at 937-689-8895 or by e-mail at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com.

THE MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH are the whole People of God. To inquire about various ways to participate, please speak to one of the clergy or staff.   Please consult Ministries and Ways to Serve for more information on what we do.

Rev. Deborah Woolsey, Priest-in-Char