Hi, I’m Tim Dilley. I’m the lead pastor here at Good Shepherd Church. I want to personally welcome you to this faith community. I am also a husband to Deb, my sweetheart and wife, and a father to two children, my son, Phill and his wife, Libby, and my daughter, Kristen.
But most importantly, I am a follower of Jesus. My life’s verse from Scripture is, “Therefore, we have been buried with Christ by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life . . . So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:5, 11) As a follower of Jesus Christ washed in the waters of baptism, I am to serve God, my spouse/family, and His church through word and deed. This is my statement of purpose for life. I absolutely believe in the transformative power of Jesus Christ at work in one’s life and have experienced it in my own life.
I’ve been in United Methodist ministry since 1985 and was ordained to the ministry of Word, Sacrament and Order in 1991, in the North Indiana Conference. I have also served as a volunteer fireman and fire chaplain. I love water recreation, biking, landscaping, cooking, reading and continued learning in the areas of church history, reformation theology, and church renewal and revitalization. I also enjoy playing the piano.
I am looking forward to meeting you in the near future. At Good Shepherd Church, you’ll notice our passion to help people find and follow Jesus. I’m so glad you’ve perused our website and I pray you’ll make Good Shepherd your spiritual home.
Pastor Phil is a retired Elder in the United Methodist Church Indiana Conference. Pastor Phil served for 42 years before retiring from Good Shepherd where he served as the Senior Pastor. Pastor Phil graduated from Auburn High School in 1965 and from Adrian College in 1969. He studied for four years at Duke University’s Divinity School before receiving his first appointment to a local church in 1973.
He is married to Phyllis Emerson. They have three sons and three wonderful daughter-in -laws. Phil and Phyllis share in the joy of 5 grandchildren.
Pastor Phil was invited to come out of retirement to become Good Shepherd’s Pastor for Care Giving Ministries. He serves part time alongside of Pastor Tim to meet the care giving needs of our congregation which include hospital visitation, homebound and nursing home visitation, The Lifters Prayer Ministry and the other activities the congregation does to show love and concern for others. Pastor Phil will also preach on a monthly basis to provide a respite for Pastor Tim.
Zac grew up in Markle, Indiana on his family dairy farm. He now lives in New Haven with his wife Danielle, their dog Pryia, cats; Howard, Sheldon. Danielle works in Fort Wayne as a Veterinary Technician at N.I.V.E.S.Technician. Zac graduated from Asbury College with a Bachelors in Media Communications in 2009. He graduated from Wesleyan Seminary with a Master's Degree in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry in 2015. He has served as the Student Ministry Director of Markle United Methodist Church from 2009 to 2016 and started working at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in October of 2016. His favorite part about working with students is seeing them mature into faithful Christian men and woman and making a lifelong dedication to Christ. He also loves to see youth inviting their friends to Church!