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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 (approximately 2012) 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) is along the wall to the right. This the entrance for the Bishop Black Chapel (available for public use public during the day) and also the entrance for a coffee shop operated by the Church (CrossRoads Café, note the signs).

On occasion the Tardis (blue phone booth) appears on the front steps announcing Mo. Deborah's series "The Gospel According to Dr Who," which continues to attract positive attention from both the Athens community and the national church.

Parking is a premium on campus, the church rents spaces in the back and south side and has visitor places just behind the building along railing. The house in the back is the rectory, currently rented.

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 narthexs area (main 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. The old altar is located along the back wall of the sanctuary.

The Nave bathed in sunlight.

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.

A shepherd's crook and an Icon of the Good Shepherd have been hung on the wall in the sanctuary next to the pulpit. The shepherd's crook was given to the parish several years ago. The recently commissioned Good Shepherd icon was written by iconographer and friend of the parish Kelly Latimore. Together they make a stunning image.

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 by the church and community, also contains a small library and kitchenette. Also located on this floor are three offices (for the rector, secretary, and music director), the altarguild 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.

The pipes for organ are located on the left of the chancel (in a chamber in the attic behind screen) with the console on the opposite side. The blower for the organ pipes is located on the lower floor.

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.

Besides the parish's own use, the recently remodeled kitchen is the foundation of our longstanding Wednesday free lunch ministry, and is used for student and community functions, as well by the CrossRoads Café (see below).

CrossRoads Café, a non-profit coffee shop which strives to embody the church's mission to be fully present in our local community. CrossRoads partners with Deeper Roots coffee to provide ethical sourcing and crafting of specialty coffees.

A small classroom, a thrift shop, the Bishop Black chapel, Nehls Hall, the kitchen, furnace room, storage areas, Ladies lounge and restroom, and a mens restroom are located on the lower floor.

Good Shepherd Thrift Store is located in a former Sunday School room in Nehls Hall.

Bishop Black Chapel is used for the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist and by other groups and is open is open for prayer and quiet during regular church office hours and the mornings when the CrossRoads Café is open. The Chapel is air conditioned.

The wonderful altar piece in Bishop Black Chapel 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.

In 2019 this icon ('The Good Shepherd') was given to the Church of Good Shepherd. It was written by iconographer and friend of the parish Kelly Latimore.

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.