The Good Shepherd Ministries started with a simple biblical concept on January 18, 2000. Seventeen people, along with our Founding Pastor, Steven McCullough, and his wife Jeannie, met in a basement with a vision, not only to start a church, but to create a ministry focused on helping others to know, to love and to serve Jesus Christ. It was clear to those who started meeting together that God had called and commissioned each person to do His work through this new congregation and opportunity. As Jesus said in John 10:41,” I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” John 10:14
 
The excitement and commitment was tangible. Worship, communion, Bible Study and fellowship were shared. The simplicity of knowing, loving and serving Jesus appealed to many and soon this group of believers outgrew a basement. Across Hagerstown, the chapel at Rest Haven Cemetery had recently been completed and the owner graciouslyimg_2211 offered the use of the chapel free of charge. At first glance it was certainly an unusual place to meet for worship services and Bible studies! However, everyone recognized the tremendous blessing that was being given to our fellowship. A hunger for solid biblical teaching, not a building, was the driving force behind gathering together. 
 
From the beginning, the support of world missions was a central focus of The Good Shepherd Ministries (TGSM). In our first year, a goal of $3,000 was set for a special missions offering. The small congregation raised over $10,000! TGSM’s role was clear.  Knowing Jesus changes lives. Missions work not only sends the message of hope around the world but trusts believers with the work Jesus commissioned us. Jesus told the early church to go and make disciples. We believe this is the responsibility of every believer. By helping make disciples, we ourselves are drawn closer to Jesus.
 
So much was accomplished at the outset. In addition to Bible Study and Sunday services, we had our first baby dedication, a wedding, Easter Sunrise Services, Sunday School and nursery for children was started, a youth Bible study was started, baptisms in Roger and Carol Brown’s pool, Super Church, a church picnic, Pastor Appreciation Sunday, monthly support for missions in Papua New Guinea, bus trips, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Services, tape recordings of sermons and so much more! All this in the first year of a young fellowship of believers driven by a hunger and thirst for the name of Jesus to be glorifieimg_4569d.
 
With the Lord adding people to the congregation daily, the need for a permanent facility soon became pressing. A building committee was formed by Pastor McCullough and met with Pool Construction from York, PA. From the beginning, the Lord made it clear to the Building Committee that a sanctuary holding 1100 seats was the final goal, and that the land was to be paid in full before construction began. A number of locations were considered and a 12.8 acre lot on the corner of Longmeadow Road and Leitersburg Pike was chosen. On a snowy Sunday afternoon, a groundbreaking service was held. It was later discovered that, during construction, members were led to privately pray over the construction site at various times. Everyone had a part in helping reach the goal and it was evidenced by a picture of a thermometer that everyone watched as it grew each week. Even the children played a part in contributing to the building by providing the money for the cross within the brickwork above the exterior of the current sanctuary.
 
The first phase of our facility was completed in March 2004, which is where we currently meet and worship. For years, Mr. Charlie Brown, the owner and proprietor of Rest Haven Chapel and Cemetery, generously provided the use of the chapel and the funeral home’s lower level at no cost. This enabled our congregation to build a facility in such a short time. Our church members took great care to treat Rest Haven’s facilities with respect, to help keep the facility clean and assist with property improvements. We also faithfully supported Mr. Brown with Reset Haven’s annual Christmas Luminary Lighting, and we continue to do so to this day every November and December. 
In 0152015 we expanded yet again with the opening of the SDG Kids Life Center, a specialized wing of the building that’s home to a dedicated Welcome Center and security checkpoint, eight additional enclosed classrooms, restroom facilities, adaptable open space, and other educational space. The Lower Level of the main church building continues to be a blessing as well, with additional adult, youth and elective classroom space.
 
Our youth ministry has also expanded. What began as a humble group of five in the lower level of Rest Haven Chapel has grown into a ministry that reaches many, many more students annually, embraces the missions focus of the church through yearly teen missions trips, regularly participates in community and congregation outreach projects, assists in hosting a children’s day camp each year, and continues to invite and involve all generations of the church into its ministry. The youth are not an island set apart. They’re a thriving, growing, integrated part of our congregation!   
 
The support of missions locally and overseas remains one of our most crucial priorities in sharing the Gospel. As a church, we support dozens of local, domestic and international missionaries and ministries, partner with Operation Christmas Child to send thousands of shoeboxes around the world, and participate in missions trips and endeavors, overseas building projects and more. TGSM has raised well over $1 million to support missions projects around the world to build churches, schools, and orphanages.
 
More recently, in January of 2021, founding pastor, Steven McCullough, retired. He and his wife Jeannie remain a prayerful and foundational part of the church, watching the seeds they first planted continue to grow and be nurtured by God. Our new lead pastor, Kenny Brown, has been a part of TGSMimg_2232 since its earliest day. He and his wife, Rachel, attended that first basement congregation!  He served for more than fifteen years as both a volunteer and ministry director before coming on staff in 2015 as Youth Pastor and Assistant Pastor in 2017. He and his wife, Rachel, continue to hold true to the mission established by Pastor McCullough so long ago: to help people and their families know, love and serve Jesus Christ more and more each day. 
 
As Pastor Kenny looks forward, he has calibrated his heart and mind to the Spirit’s direction and calling, working to lead the church in its desire to spread the gospel at home and abroad in ways both new and familiar. 
 
As our story continues, we would like to invite you and your family to be a part of it. We strive to involve ourselves in true ministry; to the individual, their family and friends, the congregation at large, and through outreach at home and abroad. From the very beginning, we’ve held fast to simple, Biblical guiding principles and a desire to embrace and join in Christ’s love in our church, our communities and around the world. Our hope and prayer is that you join us in our story and discover, as we have, where God is leading us!