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Reliable Leadership Rooted in History


The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd was established on February 4, 1953, sparked by Mrs. Irene Hutzler trying to provide worship services in the Palos community. Palos East School was the location for the first Worship Services until the dedication of the original church building in 1956. The first Pastor, Rev. Dr. Harry Huxhold, served faithfully until he was succeeded by Rev. Victor L. Brandt in 1960.


A significant turning point in the life of our vibrant church family took place in the mid-’70s. In response to the controversies within the Missouri Synod, in November of 1976, the decision was made to become a charter congregation of the English Synod of the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. At the time, the first two pastors were elected vice presidents in the new synod. Pastor Brandt would later become bishop. This new association would lead the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in January of 1988, bringing together more than 5.3 million American Lutherans represented by 11,000 congregations.


We took another new step in 1977 by calling Wayne A. Basch as the associate pastor to work with Pastor Brandt in expanding the congregation’s ministry. In 1978 attention was given to the enlargement of the facilities and vital expansion. This $475,000 program demonstrated that the 25-year-old congregation was on the threshold of an enlarging ministry in the name of Christ. Bishop Brandt retired in 1986, and Pastor Basch then became senior pastor.


In 2001,Good Shepherd broke ground on a $3 million dollar project to build a new sanctuary and remodel our Sunday School and music space. The faithfulness, love, and generosity from the support of our church family enabled this project to be completed debt-free on March 17, 2002. In 2016, we began a new chapter with the calling of Rev. Chris Buresh as associate pastor. Pastor Basch soon after retired in the summer of 2018. The congregation called Pastor Buresh as senior pastor and in 2021 Called Andrew Bell as associate pastor.


For over 65 years, Good Shepherd has been blessed by dedicated leaders and members who contribute their talents and gifts. Each has touched the lives of our congregation, and we have much gratitude. As we look ahead from our proud past with the support of God’s unique love, we’re filled with hope and excitement about the possibilities for the future.


Rev. Chris Buresh

Senior Pastor


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Rev. Andrew Bell

Associate Pastor


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Lori Puttkammer
Director of Children's & Family Ministry

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Donna Choquett

Administrative Assistant


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Amy Meier

Office Assistant 

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Join us at our next scheduled event!

Sunday Worship at 8:30 am and 10 am. Livestreaming of our 8:30 am service.


We are Servant Leaders

Church Officers who volunteer their unique talents and time.

Church Council:


Chairperson - Tim Pearson

Vice-Chairperson - C J Muller

Secretary - Trisha Wolcott

Treasurer - Joe Jaksich

Financial Secretary - Michael Gentile

Committee Chairpersons:


Deacons - Michael Aspan

Education - Edith Schmitt

Missions and Charities - Shawn Erickson

Congregational Activities - Lauren Kirkner

Church and Community - Melinda Moore

Trustees - Matt Behrman

Stewardship - Joe Perry




Michael Aspan*

Mark Baldwin

Jennifer Castor

Nancy Cross

David Fewkes

Wendy Heilman

Lynn Huttner

Jim Johanson

Ron Luce

Tamara Marsh

Paul Petersen

Marsha Rauch



Joe Perry*

Kirk Becker

Lynn Evers

Nancy Metro

Carol Miller

JoAnn Montecki

Mark Montecki

Joe Schmitt

Gwen Sheehan

Suellen Spooner

Doris Stachyra

Rudy Stachyra

Education & Youth Committee:

Edith Schmidt*

Jen Anderson

Michelle Bendoraitis

Todd Bergmann

Dawn Bronson

Sara Hupe

Julie Maty

Steve Maty

Paula Pries

Katie Walsh

Missions Committee:


Shawn Erickson*

Diane Adduci

Shirley Bennett

Nancy Firkin

Tracy Heilman

Sue Hennessy

Mary Mannix

Joan Meyers

Carol Miller

Joe Miller

Lari Lyn Rauch

Kristie Traverso


Matt Behrman*

Corey Bergamo, Jr.

Matt Booe

Jack Cody

William DeLeo

James Ditchman

Keith Gansel

Tim Hoffman

Dave Holke

Larry Mish

Tim Pearson

Joe Perry

Finance Committee:


Paul Behrman*

Joe Jaksich

Marie Perry

Laura Petritsch

Roger Rosenquist

Congregational Activities Committee:

Lauren Kirkner*

Diane Adduci

John Carlson

Lynette Carlson

Sharon Courtney

Shawn Erickson

Susan Joritz

Jim Johanson

Melinda Moore

Tim Moore

CJ Muller

Elaine Ogorzalek

Cathy Pellegrini

Personnel Committee

C J Muller*

Todd Bergmann

Greg Pengiel

Susan Mish

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