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Diocese of S. Ohio
Bishop Transition

currently vacant

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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Bishop Black Chapel

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The chapel is normally open for prayer and quiet during regular church office hours. (Follow sign if out.)

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.

Learn More about Us!

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The Church of the Good Shepherd is now in an interim period between priests which it sees as a prime time for re-energizing the parish in its life and mission in pursuit of parish goals and a healthy transition to our next Priest.

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 Lynn Graham at 740-593-5098 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

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. Currently wearing a mask is not mandatory but recommended when inside the building.

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.

Food Pantry ... A few items are available in a food pantry cabinet on the Church's front porch. Help yourself.

CrossRoads Café Coffee Shop Ministry ... The CrossRoads Café Coffee Shop currently closed until we can find and train new staff.

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 2000 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.

Though wearing a mask is not mandatory we recommend that everyone using our indoor spaces like the chapel and thrift shop wear a face mask when you are inside.   Free face masks available inside the chapel and outside the church building (front steps area).

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, we 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.

Our prayer is 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's love.

Food Pantry Cabinet

The Sharing

This ministry which was begun in the late 1990s was suspended in March 2020 when the pandemic hit. For a while, on Wednesdays we offered a sack lunch from the front porch of the church. Then, in late Fall of 2020, with fewer volunteers to help and wanting to continue this ministry for our community, we placed a small cabinet on the front porch which the teams stock weekly with non-perishable items. We designated this ministry The Sharing Cabinet.

In April 2023, Vestry designated the first Sunday of each month as Sharing Cabinet Sunday. On that Sunday, we encourage parishioners to contribute either financially or with non-perishable items to this important ministry of outreach. Donations are gladly accepted at any time.

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About the Banners
in Front of Our Church

(June 2022)
About the Covid Memorial

About the Covid Memorial in our church yard

An explanation (tour) on Interpreting the Memorial's Symbolism and the Story Behind the Covid-19 Memorial.

Kroger Community Rewards

Your Kroger Plus card can help the Church.

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CrossRoads Café
See the story of this ministry.

Episcopal News Service

Episcopal Journal & Café

Episcopal Relief and Development

Sending money through trusted and experienced organizations is probably the best way for the individual to contribute to international disaster relief. Donations thru the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund is one such trusted way.

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