Every church in the United States was a church plant at some point in its history, and we are no exception. In our recent history, we come from a long line of church start-ups: from King of Kings in Charlotte, NC (in 2000) to Church of the Good Shepherd in Davidson, NC (in 2002) to City of Grace in High Point, NC (in 2007) to Christ Church in Winston-Salem (in 2008) to our work today (in 2012). You could say that church planting is in our DNA and in our blood.
Good Shepherd first came about because God opened doors for ministry from Christ Church to Davie County. These open doors came through the provision of resources from Christ Church in Winston-Salem.
After two months of prayer in the summer of 2012 and seeking counsel from other church planters, our Bishop and his assistants, this group’s sense of calling was confirmed and our ministry to East Davie County began in July 2012 with monthly prayer meetings at Winmock and a weekly home group Bible Study. Then in October of 2013, we began meeting weekly on Sunday nights for worship, continuing our outreaches to the community and small group ministry. And then in June of 2014, God sent us as a music pastor: Dr. Mark Baynes and his wife Dawn. With Mark's arrival we began weekly Sunday morning services and officially launched Church of the Good Shepherd.
First, God gave WinMock at Kinderton to Wayne and Paula Thomas, who were founding members of Christ Church. Through God’s favor and grace, Winmock (a wedding and events center located near the crossing of I-40 over the Yadkin River) was purchased and renovated, and is a place of beauty that the whole community enjoys. It has been on Wayne and Paula’s heart from the beginning to open up this space for church plants; the only question for them has been “when and who”?
As if to answer Wayne and Paula’s prayers years ago, God began to gather leaders for an Anglican church plant in 2012. First, God brought the Rev. Tom Bost over from Christ Church in Winston-Salem where he had been serving under the Rev. Ben Sharpe’s leadership for several years. Tom then asked Rev. Graham Johnston, an Anglican Deacon, and his wife, Kim, to prayerfully consider joining in this endeavor. Soon after this, God brought a handful of lay leaders to work together in the ministry of Good Shepherd!
Since 2014, God has grown our church in breadth and depth. He sent us Kelly O'Sullivan who later married Lottie. Kelly served first as an intern while he was in seminary, and then as Assistant Pastor in 2018. And year after year we find God sending us more friends who are like "sheep without a Shepherd." In 2019, we celebrate our 5th year of mission and ministry since our launch in 2014. And we are trusting God for the next five years and beyond.