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If you have not encountered it as yet, there is a feature on Google you may want to try out. Search Google and take a 'virtual' tour of the inside and outside of the building. Click HERE or copy and paste - - church of the good shepherd athens ohio - - and you should arrive in tour mode. The 'controls" are pretty intuitive. You will probably be inside the church, turn around so you can also go outside (or may be some guidance in upper left).

Built in 1952-53, the church is of red brick in a simple colonial style matching the surrounding University buildings.

West side entrance to Nehls Hall (lower floor) and Episcipal House (rectory, rented).

Parking is a premium on campus, the church has some space in the back and south side.

Looking East, on the left is the Administrative Office Wing. Also on this side of the front entrance area (right) is a handicap ramp.

The memorial garden and columbarium area.

The nave is simply finished with a small balcony (over front entrance to building).

The chancel is within the raised arch area separating it from the nave. The table, front center, is now used for the altar.

On occasion the nave filled to capacity for seasonal performances or community events.

The pipe organ is located on the left of the chancel, with the console on the opposite side. The old altar is located along the back wall of the sanctuary.

A locally made tiger maple set is now used for the Eucharist. Tom Bennett, a local cabinetmaker, designed and made this beautiful altar and small table from local hardwoods.

This altar was consecrated at Bishop Breidenthal's visitaton, September 30th, 2007.

The narthex area, the nave is to the left, stairs lead to the balcony, the main entrance to Church is to the right (out of sight).

The Bishop Hobson Lounge, used for meetings of many church committees, also contains a small library. Also located on this floor are three offices (for the rector, secretary, and music director), alterguild storage room, and a half bath.

Installed in 1954, the organ is an exceptional and historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ which was designed to meet the particular acoustical and musical requirements of the Church of The Good Shepherd.

Few people get to see the Organ's innards! The organ as a whole consists of fourteen ranks comprising, in all, 824 pipes.

The Baptismal font.

Pictured is Julie Nehls. Nehls Hall is the main commons area on the lower floor and is used for the Wednesday Lunch ministry, 'coffee' hour, and other church/community meetings and events.

The Kitchen serves those folks in Nehls Hall.

Two small classrooms, the Bishop Black chapel, Nehls Hall, the kitchen, furnace room, storage areas, Ladies lounge and restroom, mens restroom are located on the lower floor.

Bishop Black Chapel is used for the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist and by other groups.

The wonderful altar piece was carved by John Rood who was a professor of Sculpture at Ohio University.

In 1972 this icon ('Symposium of Abraam') was presented to the Church of Good Shepherd by the Greek Community in celebration of the close ties between the Good Shepherd and Greek communities.

Good Shepherd is located on the College Green area (old campus) of Ohio University. In this photo taken from the hillside, Good Shepherd is located in the center (white steeple). This taken from a panoramic view (opens a new window) of Ohio University and the town of Athens.