Founded in 1972 as a mission, Good Shepherd became a parish in 1981 and was located for many years at 3600 Fall Creek Highway in Acton. In 2008, the congregation split into two groups when the Diocese split. Our congregation retained active membership in the National Episcopal Church. The other group of congregants are now organized as Good Shepherd Anglican Church. However, we are the only Church in this local area recognized as a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church of the USA (ECUSA).
While our original property has been caught up in the ongoing legal dispute between the Episcopal churches in north Texas and the break-away Anglican congregations, we have kept our focus on what is important in following Jesus. As of September 22, 2019, we are in a brand new (still has that "new church smell") building, located on Acton Highway between Granbury and Acton.
The physical address is 4530 Acton Highway, Granbury/Acton.
We meet every Sunday for worship services and meet regularly in our other activities. A priest in our diocese once stated that “pound-for-pound” we are the champions at serving those in need in our community.
We enjoy our friendships, our outreach and our worship. Good Shepherd is a happy church with happy, active members who strive to express the love of Jesus to all we serve.
“In him you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life”
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 368).
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.
History of The Episcopal Church
The beginnings of the Church of England(link is external), from which The Episcopal Church derives, date to at least the second century, when merchants and other travelers first brought Christianity to England. It is customary to regard St. Augustine of Canterbury's mission to England in 597 as marking the formal beginning of the church under papal authority, as it was to be throughout the Middle Ages.
In its modern form, the church dates from the English Reformation of the 16th century, when royal supremacy was established and the authority of the papacy was repudiated. With the advent of British colonization, the Church of England was established on every continent. In time, these churches gained their independence, but retained connections with the mother church in the Anglican Communion.