Welcome to The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Maitland, Florida. We are glad to have you visit our website and pray that you will be able to come and visit us in person so that we might greet you more personally and welcome you into our family. You will find us to be a caring, hospitable community marked by the character of the One whose name we bear - The Good Shepherd. We are a culturally and demographically diverse family that seeks to reveal Christ's love to all.
Join us as we are being transformed by the unfailing love of Christ, through the preaching and teaching of the Word, through the ancient Sacraments of the Church, through the healing ministry of Christ, and through our corporate worship. For membership information please click on this link.
May God richly bless you this day and always,
In His Peace and Grace,
Everyone is welcome to come and worship with us and become a part of our family. If you are interested in formally becoming a member please visit our Resources page.
The Church of The Good Shepherd is blessed with a rich history and deep spiritual roots. Beginning in 1879, Maitland residents gathered for worship in the parlor of Bishop and Mrs. Whipple’s winter residence, across the road from the present church.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, established in 1881 and consecrated on March 17, 1883, was built largely through the efforts of Bishop and Mrs. Whipple, who donated the $1800 cost of construction on land donated by Charles Hall, of Marquette, Michigan.
The Right Reverend Henry Benjamin Whipple, laid a firm foundation based on sound biblical doctrine, personal integrity, and active servant hood. His emphasis on spiritual and emotional healing and the need for Christian unity remain at the heart of the Good Shepherd community today.
The plaque in memory of Bishop Whipple located in the Chapel narthex reads: “While honored by the Anglican Communion as one of her greatest bishops and missionaries, by our country as one of her noblest philanthropists, Bishop Whipple is here honored as the loving pastoral shepherd whose sympathies have been as a stream of living water. Through is ministrations this church, his gift to Maitland, has become to many a wayfarer the Gate of Heaven.”
For more information on the history of the Chapel please visit our Resources page.
The Episcopal Church is a national church that finds its roots in the dawn of Christianity in the British Isles. By some accounts, Christianity was brought to England as early as 37 AD when the country was still part of the Roman Empire. Romano-British bishops are recorded as attending some of the very early councils of the Church in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. By the 7th century the scattered Christian communities came under the authority of the Pope in Rome through the evangelistic work of St Augustine of Canterbury who had been sent to England by Pope Gregory.
By the 16th century the English church became autonomous and became known as the Church of England. The Bible (previously only available in Latin) and an order for worship, called the Book of Common Prayer, became available in English. During this time worship services, according to the Book of Common Prayer were held in San Francisco Bay by the chaplain to Sir Francis Drake (The Prayer Book Cross at the summit of Golden Gate Park commemorates the event). A few years later Book of Common Prayer services were held in the Jamestown Colony of Virginia.
After the American Revolution, the Church of England churches scattered throughout the former colonies formed an American denomination that became known as The Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer authorized for use in the American church was almost identical to the one that had been used since the 17th century in the Church of England.
The Episcopal Church continues to maintain ties to the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury as a member of the Anglican Communion which comprises provinces and churches in 165 countries around the world. Because of our history, those coming from Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Methodist traditions will find in our worship services some similarities to those with which they are familiar.