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OUR HISTORY

    The Church of the Good Shepherd began as a chaplaincy to the U.S. military and to the civilian personnel of the American school. The church opened in a store front on Chung Shan Road in 1963, with services led by American lay readers. In 1964, a priest (The Rev’d Richard Yoh) was appointed to lead Good Shepherd and then in 1966, the first English Chaplain (The Rev’d David Echols) was appointed. Work on the present church complex began in 1966. 

    The Church of the Good Shepherd was formally instituted as a parish in 1977. Our first rector, the Rev’d John Chien, is now the Bishop of Taiwan.

    The Church is set within a complex of buildings housing the church offices, some clergy offices and living space, and the church school. Although Good Shepherd began as a church for English-speaking people, it was constructed in a Chinese style, marking the sincere commitment of the Episcopal community in Taiwan to the local community and local evangelism.

Church of the Good Shepherd - Interior

    The Church, courtyard, and interior furnishing are all designed in a Chinese style. Entering the church, one immediately sees the Nestorian Cross – with its uniquely oriental history – hanging at the focal point above the altar. To the right, on the south side, is a lovely wooden sculpture of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, a link to the patronal name of the parish.
 
Good Shepherd Statue
Nestorian Cross
The church is home to a growing Chinese nursery school. During the day, the buildings seem like a hive of activity, with the hum of many children in their happy and pleasant environment. Throughout the diocese of Taiwan, there are many such schools attached to parishes.

    Today, the church serves both a local Chinese population and a smaller, international English-speaking community. Services are conducted each Sunday in both Chinese and English. On one Sunday each month, both congregations come together for a combined services in two languages followed by fellowship over a Chinese lunch.

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The Rev’d Elizabeth Wei
The Rev’d Peter T P Chen
Tel [ 886 2 ] 2882 2462
Fax [ 886 2 ] 2882 0513
E-mail goodshep@ms22.hinet.net
English Chaplain - The Rev’d Graham Witcher, Ph.D.

Tel/Fax [ 886 2 ] 2873 8104
E-mail birders@ms59.hinet.net

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