Our Senior Pastor
The Rev. Stephen R Kauffman
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
I have good news! After a long transition, Good Shepherd has a new pastor! What a joy to be called to serve this wonderful group of disciples in Christ! I start my tenure at Good Shepherd filled with hope and expectation. God has blessed this congregation with many gifts. We live in a very diverse and exciting community that deserves to hear the good news that God loves them. I look forward to joining with others to proclaim that message!
If you are new to our community and looking for a church home, or if you have been here for years and feel the need to connect with a family of faith, now is the time to join us on a Sunday morning or during the many special events we have scheduled for the Advent and Christmas season. Prepare the way of the Lord with all of us.
We are followers of Christ who believe and teach that God’s grace (that is, God’s freely given love) is a gift given to everyone. Because God has loved us freely, we freely love others in words and deeds. We express God’s love by feeding the hungry, working for justice in our local community and around the world, and bearing one another’s burdens.
This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)
About Pastor Stephen Kauffman
Pastor Kauffman was born in Wilmington, Delaware and grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church, and attended the LCA national youth gathering as well as serving as a youth member of Church Council. He attended Muhlenberg College, earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, with a major in social science. Pastor Kauffman earned his Master of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, graduating in the top of his class. After serving two parishes in Northeastern Pennsylvania, he accepted a position as Assistant to the Administrator and Chaplain at the Lutheran Home in Moorestown, New Jersey. After earning his Nursing Home Administrator’s License, he accepted the position of Administrator at Luther Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was promoted to Executive Director several years later.
Pastor Kauffman heeded the Spirit’s call, and in 2005 became pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. He was elected a voting member to the ELCA Assembly in Orlando that same year. His tenure there was only four years, because in 2009, Mrs Kauffman accepted a position with the Southwest Florida Water Management District and moved him to Hernando County, Florida. While there, he was called to serve as pastor to King of Kings Lutheran Church in Port Richey. Pastor Kauffman also serves as the Development Coordinator of Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA), headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. Pastor Kauffman will celebrate 35 years of ordination in 2016!
Pastor Kauffman and his wife Deborah, have two children, Kristin and Aaron, and are the proud grandparents of Max, Maren and Ian. When not working they enjoy music, theater, movies, reading, cycling, swimming and walking. They have homes in Spring Hill, Florida and downtown St. Petersburg.
Good Shepherd Staff