Church of the Good Shepherd began as a home for indigent widows and orphans in 1867, known as St. James Home, established by St. James Episcopal Church. Sister Cecelia of the Sisterhood of the Good Shepherd was in charge of the home. In 1892, St. James built the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at 6th and Queen Streets. In 1907, the Chapel was formally organized as a parish to be known as the Church of the Good Shepherd. It was intended as a missionary church to serve the working class area of Dry Pond, which comprised the southern edge of Wilmington, NC.
In 1909, plans were made to build a brick house of worship. The cornerstone was laid in 1911 for the ‘beautiful new church,’ a classic Gothic Revival design of the leading New York architecture firm Upjohn and Conable. This is the only Hobart Upjohn church in the diocese. Stained glass windows were acquired of surpassing beauty. The ‘gem’ over the altar, on the north side, is Christ the Good Shepherd rescuing a lost lamb. It is dedicated to Dr. Armand John de Rosset, whose foundation assisted the early development of the Church of the Good Shepherd. The south 'Sunday School' window depicts Christ the teacher in the synagogue.
The beautiful and inspiring stained glass windows of the Church of the Good Shepherd are over 100 years old and are in need of restoration if we are to save them. A local craftsman, Francisco Castellano, has been retained to complete the restoration. The first phase commenced in 2014. The overall cost of restoration far exceeds the ability of Church of the Good Shepherd. We need your help to save these treasures in time.
How you can help
The projected cost of restoration is $126,000.
We have faith in our members, extended church family, and the wider community to help us.
I. Any donation is greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
II. A pledge can be made, with monthly installments.
For example, contributions of
$50/mo = $600/yr
$25/mo = $300/yr
$10/mo = $120/yr
III. Adoption with a dedication plaque:
14 lancet (side) windows can be adopted for $3,800 each.
2 large windows can be adopted for $15,400 each.
Donations of any amount can be made in honor or memory of a loved one. All contributions will be recorded in a memorial book. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card online. Send to:
P.O. Box 928
Wilmington, NC 28402
Join us for worship at 515 Queen Street 10 am on Sundays or contact us for an appointment to view these historic treasures.
Stained Glass Window Restoration Project
Capital campaign update
As of March 2017, we have raised $106,000 in donations and pledges towards our goal. Thank you to the donors who have graciously dedicated a window: