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Rev. Deborah Woolsey

Alex Buckley
(Senior Warden)

Marsha Reilly
(Music Director)

Barbara Martin
(Office Admin.)

Church of the Good Shepherd, 64 University Terrace, Athens, Ohio 45701-2913

Phone:   740-593-6877



Office Hours:   The office is open from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.

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Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

64 University Terrace, Athens, Ohio 45701

. . . 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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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 740-593-6877 (Church) or by e-mail at

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERD please contact Alex Buckley, Senior Warden, at 740-593-5513 or by e-mail at or The Rev. Deborah Woolsey at 937-689-8895 or by e-mail at

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.

INSIDE In-Person services have resumed;
10:30 a.m. Sunday Mornings.

Please see ORDER OF WORSHIP for details on this coming Sunday service and appropriate COVID protocol that has been made to worship services to reduce the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus including a reminder that masks covering both your nose and mouth are required inside the building.

Prayers on the Porch     Wednesdays in June at Noon

You are invited to join Mother Deborah every Wednesday in the month of June on the porch of the church for a midday prayer service. Each week will have a different focus depending on current events.

We hope you can join us.

COVID-19 Response

We care about our parishioners and neighbors. The following changes have been made to the worship services and ministries at Church of the Good Shepherd to help care for each other during the pandemic: Until further notice the Church building is not available for public meetings and groups.

Friday is cleaning and fumigating day, no one, including staff, should enter the building.

Office hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Masks covering both your nose and mouth are required inside the building.

Wednesday Free Lunch ... has been suspended until further notice, a few items are available in a food pantry cabinet on the Church's front porch.

CrossRoads Café Coffee Shop Ministry ... CrossRoads Café is open Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:00 noon and Sundays after the 10:30 service.   Due to the continued high number of Covid cases in the county, seating and coffee and tea will be served on the front porch under the tent.   The menu includes coffee, iced coffee, tea, iced tea.

COVID-19 Memorial ... Stop by and sit near the columbarium and view the reflective archways memorial to the over 1,000,000 Americans and 6 million worldwide who have died from COVID-19.

FREE Face Masks ... Individually packaged, cotton, reusable face masks are available in front of the church.  Please take a mask for yourself and one for a friend.   We are all in this together.  To date over 1200 face masks have been taken.

Chapel and Thrift Shop Open ... Our chapel and thrift shop are open to the public again during office hours.   Please look for the new sign, when you see it out on the corner the chapel and thrift shop are open.

We ask everyone using our indoor space like the chapel and thrift shop to please wear a face mask when you are inside.  Free face masks available inside the chapel and outside the church building (front steps area).

About the Banners in Front of Our Church

Banners Front porch of Church June 2022

The Center Banner is an original icon by iconographer Kelly Latimore commissioned for this parish. The icon is of Jesus the Good Shepherd and hangs over the door so that as we enter and exit the building, we are reminded of the care of Jesus who is with us wherever we go. You can learn more about the icons of Kelly Latimore, who shares a connection with our parish by visiting

The Prayer Banner is a prayer was originally put up in 2019 after several tragic mass shootings in our country. Considering the increase of mass shootings in our country over the last three years, we put the banner up again to share this prayer for ending death of the innocent due to gun violence. The prayer is written by theologian Stanley Hauerwas and is found in his book Disrupting Time, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2004.

The Art Banner is from an original piece called “The Baptism of Christ” by KPB Stevens, an Episcopal priest, writer, and artist. We chose it because it is an uplifting image that is relevant no matter what is happening in the world and invites passersby to come closer by identifying our space as sacred.

Together all three banners proclaim a message of God’s Presence, welcome, care, and the invitation to come closer to sacred space both inside and outside our building.

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 Rector for the Church Of The Good Shepherd. Check HERE for biographical information.

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