OUR RECTOR - FATHER STUART B. SMITH
FATHER BILL BLOODGOOD with Bishop Iker
Father Bloodgood was ordained to the deaconate in October of 1997, and ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 2001.
He has served as a priest in the Missionary Diocese of All Saints, and served as deacon and curate at the Church of the Intercessor in Granbury, Texas. He has also worked as a chaplain of Her Majesty’s Own Highlanders, as well as Priest of the Church at Scarborough Renaissance Festival.
Fr. Bloodgood has additionally trained in healing ministry under Francis McNutt Healing Ministries.
MELODY SHIPMAN - CHURCH SECRETARY
Father David Walton Cardona was ordained to the Diaconate on The Feast of the Holy Innocents, December 28th, 1988, and to the Priesthood on The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, December 21, 1989.
He served as a priest in The Episcopal Church. He served as a Curate at St. Vincent's Pro-Cathedral. He was the Vicar of St. Mary's Hillsboro and St. Alban's Hubbard. He was the Rector of The Church of the Holy Innocents in Corte Madera, CA. Upon his return to Texas, he served as an assistant at Good Shepherd, Acton until January of 1999 when he resigned from The Episcopal Church. He then became a lay member of the Antiochian Orthodox Church. In 2003 he was accepted as a Priest in the Anglican Province of Christ the King, The Diocese of the Southwestern States. He was the assistant and then the Rector of St. Mary's APCK parish in Plano from 2005 through 2008. He has served as a member of the Standing Committee and the Board of Directors of the APCK Diocese of the Southwestern States. He has been a Chaplain and Social Worker for Walls Universal HomeHealth and Hospice since June of 2001. He has worked for New Leaf Counseling Services since 2013 as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern. In 2012 he was licensed by Bishop Iker to serve as a Priest at Good Shepherd. He is also the Supply Priest for St. Mary's Anglican Church in Hamiliton.
Fr. Cardona earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Tarleton State University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Health Science from George Washington University, and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University.
Fr. Cardona is married to Paula Ann Cardona. His children are Ted Freeman, Sarah E. Randle, and Philip J. M. Cardona. He has six grandsons.
Melody is our church secretary and has been at Good Shepherd for 5 years. She says that she loves her job, the staff and parish members. She lives in Tolar, attends Tolar Baptist Church and studied at Tarleton State University and Hill College. She answers the phone with a smile!
Good Shepherd was established as a Mission in October 1972. The first official Mission building was the Chapel across the street, formerly a Masonic Lodge. In September 1981, Good Shepherd became a Parish.
In 1982, the Parish Hall was built and in September, 1988, a new sanctuary was dedicated. We welcomed our our current Rector, Fr. Stuart Smith, in July 2006.
“VESTRY PERSON OF THE WEEK ”
3-11-18 = John Sweatt
3-25-25 = Kathy Green
The vestry is the elected legal representation of the parish members who oversee the church and its operations
- Vestries consist of not less than 6 nor more than 15 members who shall be Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing of at least 18 years of age, canonically resident in the Parish who were financial contriburors to the Parish in the preceding year as shown on the records of the Treasurer. The treasurer is Jim Randle and is not a member of the vestry.
Good Shepherd is blessed to have a talented musician providing regular Sunday morning music at the organ: Esta Hansen. Esta has her BA in English, but has loved and studied music her whole life, and played in many different churches from Roman Catholic to Lutheran, Methodist and Anglican. For Esta, wherever God gives her an opportunity to express His gift of music, she's happy to oblige!
She has been playing at Good Shepherd for many years, first on piano and keyboard and now on Hood County's beautiful (and only) Moeller pipe organ.
She also sings, plays an occasional bit of guitar, works on the Altar Guild and helps lead the Prayer Shawl ministry. When not here, she enjoys being with her husband, two sons, grandbaby, her cats and her needlework.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL ANGLICAN DIOCESE?
GO TO: http://www.fwepiscopal.org/index1.php
Diocesan Qualifications to Serve on the Vestry
1. Does the nominee meet the canonical requirements of Communicant status in this Church?
2. Is the nominee a concerned steward?
3. Does he or she make a pledge each year and pay that pledge?
4. Does the basic lifestyle of the nominee conform to Christian expectations?
5. Is it consistent with his or her evaluation by the community and parish?
6. What lay ministry has he or she performed?
7. Is the nominee hopeful about the life of the parish, the Christian faith, and life in general?
8. Can the rector work with the nominee?
Father Smith began his ordained priestly ministry in 1992 serving Trinity Church in Henrietta, Texas, and St. Patrick’s in Bowie, Texas. After two years at these missions, Fr. Smith received a call to serve as the assistant to Fr. Andrew L. Sloane at Grace Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It was from that parish that Fr. Smith was called to his first rector (“senior pastor”) position at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In July of 2006, Fr. Smith came to Good Shepherd, called to be the sixth rector of the parish.
In his vision for the parish family community at Good Shepherd, Fr. Smith encourages each area of the Christian community life as outlined in the New Testament church of Acts 2:
1. Worship and formation in the biblical, creedal faith.
2. The Koinoia: the fellowship of members of the body through a shared life of faith (especially in small group ministries).
3. Evangelization: bearing witness and sharing the life in Christ with those who may not yet know the Lord Jesus.
4. Compassionate outreach, with the Church seeking to reach out with the love of Christ to the poor, the hurting, and the lonely.