Pastor Paul was called as the fifth Senior Pastor of Good Shepherd in January 2010. He loves to teach the Word of God to all ages and preach how the Holy Spirit is at work in our daily lives. Pastor Paul works closely with the staff and lay leadership of the congregation to ensure that Good Shepherd’s ministries are equipped to help all of God’s people worship, learn, love, and serve.
Pastor Paul received his Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in June 2005. Prior to Good Shepherd, he served as the pastor of Mt. Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Prosperity, SC. Pastor Paul is originally from Altamonte Springs, FL. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, balancing his studies with his passion for Gator sports. During his college summers, he served as a counselor at Lutheridge in Arden, NC, where he met his wife Katherine. They have four sons.
Pastor Kris began his ministry at Good Shepherd in August 2012. His passion for ministry is witnessing the congregation experience God’s abundant gifts of grace in worship and being empowered through that encounter to be disciples in the world. He is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University (majoring in Sacred Music) and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Master of Divinity). His interests include endurance running, SC native plants, gardening, home improvement projects, backpacking, and reading. His wife Ginger is a pastor at Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church in Chapin, SC. They have twin daughters.
Susan Sturkie has been Organist at Good Shepherd since October 1988. Born in Mooresville, NC, Susan graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St. Andrews University) in Laurinburg, NC, with a B.M. in Music Education studying both organ and voice. After graduating, she taught elementary school music at Ft. Bragg and Ft. Jackson Dependents Schools. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the Association of Lutheran Musicians of SC. Susan serves as Treasurer and Membership Chair of the Greater Columbia chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Treasurer of the Association of Lutheran Musicians of SC. Susan and her husband Dick are the parents of one son, Trey.
Barbara Hunter has been Parish Coordinator at Good Shepherd since August 2011. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and before moving to Columbia in 2009 worked in advertising in Atlanta for 15 years. She has traveled throughout the country as well as parts of Asia and Australia, enjoys movies, music, and sports, and is an avid reader.
Joey Allison has served as Sexton at Good Shepherd since January 1993. Over the years he has had to adjust to many changes, including new pastors, new staff, new council members, the Day School, and building changes. Joey takes care of the physical facilities as well as the church campus grounds. He is always looking for help out in the yard! In his spare time Joey enjoys disc golf, vegetable gardening, canning (he even has a small greenhouse in his backyard), music, watercolor painting, writing, collecting all sorts of old stuff, and his dog Raibh Sibh (pronounced Roe-sha).