About Us:

Good Shepherd Paxtang is a mid-size Lutheran Congregation in a residential section of Swatara Township, east of the City of Harrisburg. You will find us in the 3700 block on the northeast corner of Rutherford and Wilhelm Streets. Parking is available on neighborhood streets, with additional spaces available in the parking lot behind the church building, accessible from Montour Street.

We welcome anyone who wishes to hear and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to become a part of our assembly. We are delighted when anyone, no matter who you are, feels the call to worship among us, for a day or for a time.
















The Rev. Kathleen J. Baker, STM

(Pastor Baker)

Nick Werner

Director of Music

Beth Fine

Parish Secretary

The Rev. Kester T. Sobers III

Pastor Emeritus

Herbert O. Fowler

Cantor Emeritus

Our Staff: 

On Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. we have a brief liturgy of Word and Sacrament in St. Mary's Chapel for those who cannot attend a Sunday liturgy.

On Sunday mornings at Good Shepherd you will find a gathering of friendly people responding to God's call to be filled with His presence. We celebrate Word and Sacrament at each liturgy, 8:30 a.m. in our Nave. and 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Chapel. 

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. you will find friendly people gathered about Word and Sacrament in the Chapel.   An informal coffee hour follows this spoken liturgy each week.

The main entrance is located on Rutherford Street, but if you need a handicap-accessible entrance (ramp), please park along Wilhelm Street and come in through the side Wilhelm Street door.

Our Building:

Our Saint Mary Chapel is accessible from the stairs on Wilhelm Road or from the Montour Street parking lot (behind the church).  The entrance is marked with a white rectangular sign from the Montour Street parking lot that reads "Chapel Entrance." There is a handicapped-accessible chair lift just inside this entrance. This beautifully restored worship space was our original nave.


Our church building also hosts the following:​

  • Keystone Concert Band practices in our community room Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. www.keystoneconcertband.com 

  • Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack #42  meets Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in our community room

  • DeafCAN! serves the Nepalese Deaf community and meets Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in our community room www.deafcanpa.org/

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