We are an Anglican church, full of ordinary people seeking to follow an extraordinary God.  


Whether you’ve been a Christian your whole life or you’ve never been to church before, we’d love to welcome you to any of our services.

8.00am  Traditional

9:30am  Contemporary

1.00pm  Karen Language

4:30pm  shepherdPM


Rev Guy Matthews
                     Senior Minister                      Sita Matthews
Women's Minister

Guy was appointed as Rector in February 2012.  He has a passion for teaching the bible and is confident in the power of the gospel to transform lives. He is married to Sita who ministers alongside Guy.  Sita leads our women's ministry.  They have four adult children. Guy and Sita enjoy sailing, cycling and walking. 

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Rev Tim Purser
Assistant Minister

Tim joined our staff at the beginning of 2016 to be the pastor for our 4.30PM congregation.  He grew up in Canberra before leaving to study Commerce/Law at the University of New England.  Tim practiced as a lawyer before studying theology in Sydney and moving back to Canberra.  He is married to Elaine and they have a baby daughter Anita. Tim enjoys bush walks, travel and good coffee. 

Rev Martin Christensen
Honorary Associate

Martin is married to Cath and they have four adult children.  Martin has worked as an naval architect but is now the full-time chaplain for Australian Border Force as well as a Navy Reserve chaplain.  He still finds time with Cath to serve at the Good Shepherd.

Rev Luther
Honorary Karen Pastor

Luther was ordained in Myanmar in 1994.  He served in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand before moving to Canberra in 2014.  He is married with three children and has a passion for (Karen) church choirs.  He serves on the Good Shepherd team as pastor for our Karen congregation.

Su Whyte
Church Administrator

Su is employed part-time as our church administrator.  She is married to Brendan.  She would be pleased to answer questions that you might have.  She is in our office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Libby Gale
Children's Minister

Libby joined our staff at the beginning of 2017 as the Children's Minister. She originally hails from Sydney where she worked as a teacher but came to Canberra via Vietnam and Wagga Wagga. Libby is passionate about seeing children have a personal relationship with Jesus. She is married to Dave

Benji & Rachael Winslade
Youth Leaders

Benji and Rachel are newly married. They are keen to serve young people through helping them to understand God's plan for their lives and how to live as a Christian in an ever changing world.

Our Mission

The Good Shepherd has been a light to the people in South Canberra for over half a century.  It continues to be a place where people from all backgrounds, cultures and nations meet to give thanks to God for his amazing love shown to us in His Son Jesus.

Our Mission is to help all people know, love and live for Jesus.

Our Values

At the Good Shepherd, we have seven core values:

 We are creatures made to glorify our creator.
 We aim for this in all we do.   (Revelation 4:11)

 All things were made through and for Jesus and salvation is found in Christ alone.
 Therefore we seek to promote Christ in all we do.  (Colossians 1:15-20)

 Following the example of Jesus we aim to act in love toward one another and toward  our community.  (John 13:34)

 Prayer is an expression of our dependence upon God and our relationship with him as our  heavenly Father.  Prayer is a priority in all our gatherings.  (Ephesians 6:18)

 We believe that all Christians have the Holy Spirit.
 We are confident in the powerful work of the Spirit in and through us.  (Acts 1:8)

 We are confident that the bible is the living and powerful word of God that changes lives.
 We believe the bible is sufficient for all we need to know about God.  (Hebrews 4:12)

 In obedience to Jesus’ commission we are proactive in making mature disciples for Jesus.  (Matthew 28:18-20)

Safe Community

We are committed to holistic Safe Ministries.  We seek to build and maintain safe communities of faith by:

  • fostering relationships between members, and those of the wider community, based on the teachings of Jesus;
  • providing a safe and secure environment where all people can feel respected;
  • providing responsible and loving Christian leadership and management practices built on a scriptural base; this includes requiring all our leaders -paid and voluntary - to undertake the Creating Safe Ministry Course administered by the Diocese , and
  • ensuring that any cases of alleged abuse, neglect or grievances and complaints are handled in a consistent, unbiased and thorough manner.

More details about our Safe Communities Policy can be provided on request.

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