Meet Our Pastors
Pastor Tim dilley
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 Lakeya stewart
Dr. Lakeya Stewart has accepted the role of Minister of Congregational Care. She most recently fulfilled the role of Pastor to Youth and Assimilation Coordinator at Aldersgate UMC in Fort Wayne, as well as her current role of Spiritual Care Coordinator at Heartland Hospice.
At Heartland, Lakeya provides pastoral care, counseling, and grief services to hurting patients and families. This training uniquely qualifies her for our needs in Congregational Care ministry. In addition, she will share the ministry with Pastor Tim through worship, wedding, and funeral services.
Her interests span a broad range beyond Congregational Care, which includes children and youth ministry to adult education and counseling to all aspects for education aimed at the whole person in mind, body and spirit. In addition, she is a Board Member at the Jackson Lehman YMCA.
Lakeya received her bachelor’s of arts degree from Berea College in Sociology and African/American Studies. She earned her Master’s of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary, and her Doctorate from Regent University School of Divinity. She was ordained in 2010.
Lakeya is married to Daniel Stewart, who is in Music Ministry at Blackhawk Ministries. They are the parents of triplets: Christina, Courtney, and Carson.