Our Staff

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Jim Johnson

Interim Music Director


Jim is a commissioned and rostered Deacon in the ELCA, graduating from Wittenberg University with Bachelor of Music and Master of Sacred Music degrees. During his 40 years of full-time parish ministry, he served congregations in New York, Illinois, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and served as its first national Executive Director. Space does not allow for all the ways he has served the church and community over the years. In his retirement, he currently serves as Staff Musician at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

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Justin Rimbo

Interim Contemporary Music Leader.


Justin is a commissioned and rostered Deacon in the ELCA. He graduated with a BA in Religion and English from Augsburg College and with a MA in Christian Ministry from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He has worked with contemporary worship in congregations in Minnesota and South Carolina and has frequently served as keynote speaker and musician at national and regional ELCA events. He currently works as the Assistant Director of Enrollment at LTSS.

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Susan Sturkie



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.

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Joey Allison



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).