(updated 2/16/2017)

Monthly Newsletter ("All Issues, The Voice") (CURRENT EVENT are shown on back page of each monthly "Voice"; Church PAST EVENTS ; PHOTO GALLERY (futue)of activities

While the majority of Good Shepherd's members live in Holmdel and Middletown, the parish roll reflects more than twenty different local communities.
COUNCIL MEMBERS (2017):Andy Mathisen (Pres); Stephanie Dall (VP); Steve Miller (Sec); John Crump (Treas); Clem Hergenhan;
John Dall

The Church Council & Committees (Also see PHOTOS )

President of Congregation Andy MathisenCouncil Vice-Pres Stephanie Dall (chair of 2017-8 nomination committee - members named, below)
Council Secretary Steve MillerTreasurer John Crump, Treas; Clem Hergenhan, Asst Treasurer
Financial Secretary Stephanie DallYouth & Family Karen Rajala
Social Ministry Mike Carp, Nancy Fitch, Gil Vatter

John Dall; Steve Miller, Asst

Fellowship Kathe DaGiau, Patty Vatter;
Worship & Music Andy Mathisen to remain as assistant head of Altar Guild

Finance &
Stewardship (Mission Support)

Stephanie Dall & John Crump
Christian Education Andy Mathisen; Karen Rajala;
Spiritual Renewal & Outreach (Evangelism) Sue Alberti (cards to sick)
Minister of Music Miae Park (in charge of choirs) Coffee (after Service) Maureen Bartlett
Community Outreach Group rep Nancy Fitch Memorial & Thannksgiving Fund Sue Alberti
Liason to German School Gil Vatter Liason to Little Chiefs Patty Vatter
"The Voice" Publisher Clem Hergenhan Altar Guild (headed by Worship & Music) Nancy Hergenhan, Andy Mathisen
Ushers Joan Doyle; quarterly calendar; rotates among 16 congregation members Lay Readers Joan Doyle; quarterly calendar; rotates among 12 congregation members
Mutual Ministry & Staff Support Gil VatterOffering Counters  Clem Hergenhan creates quarterly calendar; Participants: Clem, Doreen/Glenn Hoffmann, Walter Keyl, John Dall, Sue/Dick Alberti
Endowment Committee

Walter Keyl (financial secretary of Endowment Committee); Diane Mathisen; Bill Wehrli; Nancy Fitch; Nancy Hergenhan

Nominating Committee
(Jan, 2018 report)
Debbie Blackburn, Diane Mathisen, Karl Torjussen (MUST BE UPDATED)
Audit Committee Gil Vatter, Clem Hergenhan
(Stephanie to provide files)
Creation Care (Environmental) Committee Nancy Fitch (head), Robert Fulmer, Dianne Epstein, James Caratura, Nancy Hergenhan, Diane Mathisen, Andy Mathisen, Steve Miller


Fellowship plays an important role in the lives of the Good Shepherd congregation. Coffee is provided each Sunday after the 10AM service, helping to promote a social hour for all to enjoy each others company.

Events are planned throughout the year to provide fun and fellowship for both young and old. One year, the Valentine's Day Pot Luck Dinner included a fun-filled yet educational project for the children while the adults sang some old fashioned love songs. Several social events are scattered throughout the year.

Other scheduled events include an International theme covered dish supper, summer BBQ, Rally Day - Bring Your Own Picnic Basket celebration, and children's Halloween party - just to name a few!
The photo at left, shows one of several tables at a Potluck dinner.
Each year a Christmas Dinner Party is booked at a local restaurant and/or at the church.


So come pray with us and get to know us with a cup of coffee sometime!

Congregational History

Good Shepherd began as a result of a survey conducted by The Reverend George J. Frank, Jr. during the summer of 1966. After a full summer of surveying nearly 3,000 homes, a nucleus for a congregation seemed assured.

An interest meeting was held on September 15th at Thompson School in Middletown for the purpose of explaining the steps necessary to organize a congregation. At that meeting the tentative name "The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd" was selected.

The first service was held at Thompson School on September 26, 1966. Two weeks later Sunday Church School began. Good Shepherd's organization meeting was held on April 27, 1967 and the organizational worship service took place three days later. Pastor George Frank was called by the congregation to serve as its first pastor effective July 1, 1967. Pastor Frank remained with Good Shepherd for twenty-eight years until his retirement on October 15, 1995.

Pastor Jean Vargo was called to the congregation to serve as a part-time Assistant Pastor beginning in May of 1994. After Pastor Frank's retirement, Pastor Vargo was appointed by the New Jersey Synod to serve as the congregation's Interim Pastor to help facilitate the transition into a new era.

In April of 1996, The Reverend Michael C. Gebhart was called to Good Shepherd and his Ministry began in July of that year. Pastor Gebhart served until July 30, 2000, and The Reverend Penelope Stechmann served as Interim Pastor until The Reverend David K. Louder was called in July 2002. Reverend Ed Schmidt served as interim Pastor until the Reverend John Elstad began serving July, 2010.

Our present church site was purchased in November of 1967. A little over a year later, ground was broken for the building. The dedication service was held on September 14, 1969. Good Shepherd became self-supporting in January of 1972. Two additional expansion projects have been completed on the facility, in 1980 and 1991.