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    Who We Are

    The Church of the Good Shepherd is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina under the spiritual authority of the Right Reverend Mark J. Lawrence. Our Vision We exist for those who are not yet members and to be known for: World-changing Children Strong Families Confident Leaders Biblical Read more »

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    Our Staff

      Shay Gaillard Rector   Shay was born and raised in Charleston and grew up a member of the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul.  He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and spent 10 years in youth ministry, serving seven as Camp Director at Camp St. Christopher.  When the Read more »


Our Past

Old St. Peters Church, Logan Street was founded in 1833 and burned in the Charleston Fire of 1861. St. John’s Church, Hanover Street was founded in 1839 on the East Side of Charleston. Both of these churches moved to West Ashley locations in the last 40 years. The other Founding Churches are Christ Church, Rutledge Avenue and St. Peter’s by the Sea in North Charleston. Together these Founding Churches make up a rich foundation for The Church of the Good Shepherd.

Under the leadership of the Very Rev. John Burwell, the parish had a renewed sense of vision and purpose for the West Ashley community and beyond. The Rev. Shay Gaillard is the current rector, taking over on January 1, 2007.

Our Future

In recognition of all that God is doing in our midst, the people and vestry of the Church of St. Peter and St. John voted to change the name of the parish to The Church of the Good Shepherd, signaling a rebirth and renewal of this historic parish.

The Vision of the Church of the Good Shepherd is to build a new church from people who are not yet here. By living into the name Good Shepherd (John 10), we will be:

Centered on the Cross

Jesus said “I lay down my life for the sheep”

Centered on Community

Jesus said, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me”

Centered on Others

Jesus said, “I have other sheep that are not of this flock. I must bring them also.”

We hope many will Come and See what’s happening just across from Charles Towne Landing in West Ashley.