Clergy & Staff
Since 1997, Father Thomas Seitz, Jr., has led the flock at the Church of the Good Shepherd. For Fr. Tom, the parish is large enough to keep him pretty busy, and the multigenerational congregation means he does a little bit of everything.
Assistant to the Rector
Joanie was ordained to the priesthood at Good Shepherd in January of 2008 by Bishop Howe. Since ordination she worked to initiate and develop the Stephen Ministries program at Good Shepherd. We currently have six dedicated, well-trained Stephen Ministers serving the parish and the larger community of Lake Wales.
Lisa Carter's responsibilities include greeting parishioners and visitors by phone and in person, putting together two weekly Sunday bulletins, coordinating volunteers so that there are no scheduling conflicts, assisting Father Tom in writing, editing and preparing the monthly newlsetter, managing the six apartments the church owns across the street, and many other tasks that change on a da
Marian "ML" Brown joined us as our Financial Secretary in October 2013. ML is detail-oriented and efficient and can answer any question you might have about finances as it relates to the church. ML is raising the 5th generation of her family to attend Church of the Good Shepherd.
Suzanne came to us in the Fall of 2008 retiring after 30 years of working for the Polk County School Board. She spent 26 of her 30 years at Haines City High School. During those years she spent her time working in the classroom, Media Center, and as a computer lab manager.
John, an active member of our parish for over twenty years, was ordained a deacon by Bishop Brewer in December of 2012. His duties include: acolytes, young adults, Stephen Ministry, home communion, pastoral care, serving in the liturgy and preaching.
Assisting Priest (Retired)
As an ordained deacon, the Rev. Palmer Wood is responsible for reading the Gospel, reciting the Prayers of the People and assisting in the Eucharist (serving the body and blood of Christ). He sets up the altar, the Ablutions, hospital and home visitations and the carrying of consecrated elements in Eucharist to the homebound.