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.

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Revs. Ed Kester & susan keirn-kester;

Rev. Edward E.and Rev. Susan Keirn Kester are both retired, ordained, United Methodist ministers.  They are members of the Texas Annual Conference but have served in 4 other conferences.  They retired to Fort Wayne in 2010 and served part time as co-pastors of Simpson United Methodist Church from 2010 to 2014.  When they "retired again" from Simpson UMC in 2014 they chose to come to Good Shepherd UMC.  A verse they feel states important instruction for disciples of Jesus Christ is Colossians:6-7  "So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him.  Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving as you were taught."