Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (USA) is a congregation located in the heart of Joppatowne. We are the kind of church where people find a home. Our church welcomes all. While most churches say that, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (USA) means it and lives it.
Whoever you are, we believe that you are a gift of God and that you were meant to be a part of our community of faith.
We invite you to be on the journey with us! Worship with us, and grow with us.
Look around this website, come visit us, and you will discover that we are the kind of church you have been looking for.
In June, 1963, the Presbytery of Baltimore and the National Mission of the United Presbyterian Church, U. S. A., purchased the Church site and the manse in the new community of Joppatowne.
The Rev John H. Houdeshel was appointed National Missionary and Organizing Pastor. In October, 1963 the first worship service was conducted in the ‘Joppatowne Theater’ (that was the fancy name for the building near the model homes where they showed the promotional films for the salesmen).
In December, 1964, the first worship service was held in the newly completed Community Building located on the 4 acre plot at the corner of Joppa Farm Rd and Towne Center Drive.
In January, 1965 the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church was officialy organized by the Presbytery of Baltimore with 107 charter members. The new congregation called Rev. Houdeshel to be its minister.
Pastors Over The Years
In 1972 the congregation called the Rev. Philip Sommer to be the pastor. The Rev. Dana Knapp became the pastor in 1983 and served until 1996. At the beginning of 1998, the Rev. Dr. Daris Bultena became the pastor of the church, and continues to serve the congregation.
The current sanctuary was dedicated in 1980. In 2015 the congregation committed to a plan to build the next phase of physical plant which will house the Children’s Center and enhance the whole ministry of the church.