"An Anglo-Catholic Episcopal Parish"

Non ministrari, sed ministrare

Parish History

The Church of the Good Shepherd was founded in the summer of 1869 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The Parish was incorporated and admitted to the Diocese of Pennsylvania shortly after. At first services were held in community halls and public school buildings as the search for a suitable location proceeded. In 1872 land was bought on the north side of Lancaster Turnpike in Villanova, and a church was built.
The Church was from the beginning influenced by the Oxford Movement’s emphasis on the sacraments, holiness of life, and outreach and service to those less fortunate. Because of this, the Church of the Good Shepherd refused to employ the usual system of pew rentals for its financial support and, within a few years, founded the Home and Hospital of the Good Shepherd at a time when there was no other hospital on the Main Line.

Who We Are

The Church of the Good Shepherd is an Anglo-Catholic parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. We have been a stronghold and faithful witness to the Catholic faith in the Anglican tradition. We are stewards of the faith once delivered to the saints.

Good Shepherd is a parish with a history of rich liturgy and music. The Gospel is proclaimed not only in our worship but also as we strive to take its meaning out into the broader community.

We believe in the power of prayer and in God’s healing for all sorts and conditions. We worship God and celebrate His presence, striving to share God’s abundance through ministry to our neighbors. We invite and welcome others to our life in Christ.



Interim Rector   Ian B. Montgomery

Services Sundays 8 and 10 am,
Wednesdays 12:05 pm,
Holy Days as announced


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