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.
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.