Our Staff

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Andrew Isenhower



Our Pastor is the Reverend Andrew W. Isenhower. Andrew comes to Good Shepherd from St. Luke Lutheran Church in the Olympia neighborhood of Columbia, SC. He received his Master of Divinity in 2011 from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia. Prior to that, he earned an AA in Religious Studies from Spartanburg College in 2005 and a BA in Religion from Newberry College in 2007. He was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. He is joined by his wife, Michelle, and two children, James and Amelia.

Isenhower is passionate about preaching and teaching, with a special interest in helping God's people connect scripture, worship, and the teachings of the faith with their daily lives. Pastor Andrew loves spending time with family, traveling and taking road trips, and attending the occasional sporting event. He is an avid guitarist and enjoys a wide range of musical styles and genres.


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Deborah Mitchell

Parish Administrator

Office: 803-787-4413

Deborah Mitchell started serving Good Shepherd as the Parish Administrator in December 2018. She was born and raised here in the Columbia area. Deborah enjoys making cards and scrapbooking with friends. She and her family currently live in Irmo.  They attend church at Palmetto Church of Christ on Nursery Road in Irmo, South Carolina. If you are interested in helping in the church office by answering phones, stuffing envelopes, or cutting inserts, contact Deborah in the office.


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Jim Johnson

Director of Music Ministry


Jim Johnson is a graduate of Wittenberg University with Bachelor and Master of Sacred Music degrees. He also studied at the Berlin, Germany, Church Music School for one year in 1971 and was an organ scholarship student at the summer festival of Chautauqua, NY in 1970. In 50 years of ministry he has served Lutheran congregations in Buffalo, NY, Rockford, IL, Gastonia, NC, Columbia, SC and Leesville, SC. He also served as the staff musician / and Adjunct Faculty at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and in a call to special service as the first Executive Director of the national Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. At Good Shepherd he will be directing the adult and children's choirs, working with preschool music, worship planning and training children and youth to be actively involved in worship leadership. Throughout his career he has also been very involved in the outreach ministries of his congregation including refugee resettlement, homeless sheltering and camps and after school programs for disadvantaged children and families. He serves as Good Shepherd's representative to the Family Promise of the Midlands ministry. He is married to his wife, Kathy, and they have one son, Charlie, and his wife, Sarah, and a four legged waging companion named Louisa.



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Susan Sturkie

Organist, Worship Associate


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 (Ft. Liberty) and Ft. Jackson Dependents Schools. She is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. She was the Treasurer of the recently disbanded Association of Lutheran Musicians of SC for over thirty years. For many years Susan has served on the board of the Greater Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in various positions, including Treasurer and Registrar. 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, and collecting all sorts of old stuff.