ABOUT.

Who We Are

Welcome to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church! We are one church with two locations in the Corridor. Our Cedar Rapids campus is at 2900 42nd St NE, Cedar Rapids. Our North Liberty campus is in the North Liberty Community Center at 520 W Cherry St, North Liberty.


Jesus, the Good Shepherd, welcomes you, no matter who you are or where you come from—and so do we. We believe that Jesus Christ is the true Savior of all people. By his perfect life, innocent death, and triumphant resurrection, he saves all lost sinners even without our help. Jesus Christ makes us special people, right with God and ready for life! We learn this from the Bible, God’s authentic message of grace and guidance for us. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a curious observer with little religious background, we are delighted to share our worship with you. 

Good Shepherd is a congregation that enjoys having fun together and planning meet-ups and community projects throughout the area. It is a blessing to be able to support each other through daily life - whether that is beginning a career, getting married, starting a family, or seeing our kids off to college. Together we gather around God's word, finding peace in forgiveness and seeing what wisdom he has for us in the different seasons of life. We genuinely enjoy welcoming in our neighbors and getting to know new friends. You are invited to join us!

What We Believe

We believe that Jesus redeemed us, or bought us back, from the guilt of our sin and the slavery of death.  By giving his life for us, he released us from that bondage, even though we could offer nothing at all to him.  Jesus saved us all because of his grace and not because of any works or any goodness we could have hoped to offer to him.

 

That message of sheer grace and pure love to us we find in his Word, the completely true and relevant message for our lives.  That message is the power of God the Holy Spirit uses to create faith in our hearts, another of his gracious gifts to us, not a decision we make or a work we do for him.  Through the waters of baptism, the Holy Spirit forgives sins, creates faith, and saves us.  In the Lord's Supper, Jesus is truly present with his body and blood to forgive our sins and assure us of salvation.

 

Because we are saved by God's grace through faith, we serve not because we have to, but because in thankfulness we want to.

 

If you have questions about topics, teachings, or modern day issues,

find out more in the Q & A section of our church body's website.

 

As a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), 

find out more about what our national church body believes.

 

As a confessional Lutheran church body, 

find out more about the confessions of Lutheranism found in the Book of Concord.

Our Mission

We the members of Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids & North Liberty, Iowa, being united in faith and worship by the Word of God are committed, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to proclaim to others the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.

We also strive to nurture believers through diligent use of the Word and Sacraments to equip them for lives of Christian service. With our time, treasures, and talents we support the work of the Lord locally and throughout the world with our affiliation in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

"Everyone is SO friendly! We felt welcomed and at home right away."

Kayla White, member since 2020

Pictured with her husband, Ty

Ty & Kayla White

Meet Our Staff

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Pastor Billy King

Pastor King was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. Growing up, he attended St. John Lutheran Church and Elementary School and St. Croix Lutheran High School. He received a BA in Language Arts from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He then attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in Mequon, WI, where he completed his Master in Divinity. During his time at WLS, he served one year as a vicar (intern) in Findlay, OH, and one year as a senior vicar at Wisconsin Luther College.

During his final year at WLS, he met Laura Krueger, the sister of one of his classmates, and they began dating one month before graduation and Call Day. (That is when graduates are assigned to serve as a pastor of a church.) In 2015, he graduated and was assigned as an associate pastor to St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Tomah, WI. Laura moved to Tomah in 2017 and launched her business, King's Creatures Animal Training LLC, one month before their wedding! They've been happily married since October 14, 2017.

After accepting the Call to serve at Good Shepherd here in the Corridor, Pastor King and Laura moved to Cedar Rapids, along with their 3 dogs and 2 cats, in September 2019.

Pastor King & Laura enjoy kayaking and hiking with their pets, exploring new restaurants, watching their favorite sports teams, and finding new Giant Things to add to their map. They love living in Iowa’s Creative Corridor where Pastor King has been called to spread the Gospel and advance God's Kingdom!

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Pastor Lucas Callies

Pastor Callies is the firstborn of Mark and Ruth Callies. He was born on October 26, 1992, and baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford, Wisconsin, on October 31, 1992. He has two younger brothers, Micah and Jeremiah. In May 2007, he was confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brownsville, Wisconsin. After going to high school at Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (2007-2011), he went to UW-Platteville for five semesters for engineering. Then he transferred to and graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota (B.A. 2017) and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin (M. Div. 2021). He has many hobbies such as hunting, fishing, basketball, hiking, board games, but above all he loves disc golfing. And let's not forget his wife, Emily! She is the youngest daughter of Brian and Lori Shank. They were married in St. Joseph, Michigan, on June 22, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church. Although they have not been blessed with children yet, God has blessed them with a dog, Nala. Pastor Callies is looking forward to spreading the Good News in Cedar Rapids and North Liberty!

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Carol Lemke

Carol has served Good Shepherd as Church Secretary since 2018. She is always ready to welcome visitors to Good Shepherd with a smile!

Full bio coming soon!

 
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Meet Our Therapy Dogs

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The Living Creatures Ministry program utilizes pets owned by members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. These animals participate in regularly scheduled events at Good Shepherd, nursing homes, schools, and other places throughout the Corridor. They also make visits to shut-ins, attend funeral visitations, and more upon request. Therapy animals also respond to crises across the country to provide comfort to people in times of great need.

Korra & Stella would love to share comfort and love with you. Click the button below to request a visit.

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