Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

          876 Grove St. Conneaut, OH  44030         440.599.8908


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (GSLC) is a thriving community of believers and lovers of the Word, Jesus Christ. We have a strong tradition of hospitality and service to members and to the community. Please visit GSLC to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ!

It is our hope that this website will help you sense the personality of this church. We love God and we love people - especially visitors like you!

  • Who is involved in working with this church?

  • What does this church stand for?

  • What are people saying about this church?

Why We Exist

At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church we strive to provide a sanctuary for prayerful worship within a respectful and welcoming environment and to meet the spiritual needs of our congregation and community, using Christian ideas and values.


The Bible is the blueprint for living life to the fullest.  God calls us to follow the Word.  By God's grace we will grow stronger as a community and closer to God through the Word.


God wants us to love and keep our focus on Him.  Yes, as humans we all do fall short of the glory of God. Yet God has given each of us gifts to use to do God's work.  It is our mission to nurture the Christ in ourselves and in each person we encounter on our life's path.  With God's help, we pray and work everyday to do our very best.


Christ commands us to love God and one another as He has loved us.  We are called to engage in hospitality and fellowship at every opportunity.  God will bless our efforts to serve others who are not as fortunate as we are.


The Rev. Patrick Van De Motter

Lead Pastor

Pastor Patrick J. Van De Motter graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, in 2009 and was ordained to Word and Sacrament in January 2010. He served at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Brunswick, Ohio, from 2010 to 2014 and had served as a supply pastor since December 2014. Pastor Van De Motter played a key role in reviving the Brunswick Ministerial Association and was instrumental in forming the first ecumenical Stations of the Cross in the city of Brunswick.


Prior to this calling Patrick was an engineer, having graduated from Cleveland State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He worked at his family’s business, Ohio Broach and Machine Co., as a Quality Assurance Manager. He was with Allied-Signal in their Bendix Heavy Vehicle Systems group for nine years, three of which were spent in England at the sister plant in Bristol.


Pastor has been married to his wife, Rae, who is a retired registered nurse, for 28 years. They have a pet Havanese-poodle (Havapoo, but prefer the term Havanoodle). Pastor enjoys music and plays the guitar. He also loves traveling, skiing, biking, walking, gardening, crosswords, Sudoku (and other brain teasers), and reading.

The Rev. Paul Bailie

Youth and Family Minister

Pastor Paul Bailie came to Good Shepehrd in September 2017. He is passionate about helping people of all ages grow in their life of faith. 

An Iowa native, Pastor Bailie majored in geography and religion at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and graduated with a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His seminary internship was at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manhattan, a bilingual congregation in New York City. He served as pastor of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in suburban San Antonio, Texas. Most recently, he served for six years as pastor of Iglesia Luterana San Lucas, a Spanish-speaking congregation near the Mexican border in Eagle Pass, Texas. His wife, Brandi, is also a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

Richard Kantola

Council President

Experiencing church leadership for the first time, Rich felt the Holy Spirit leading him into the role of Congregation Council President, which he began in January of 2017.  Rich's goal is to help the ministries of GSLC move forward and grow.


Rich works as a machinist, and he enjoys his family, the outdoors, especially hunting and gardening, and deep-frying Lake Erie perch with the guys at GSLC.  He and his wife Julie have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Bobbi Boles

11:00 Music Coordinator

Bobbi Boles has served Good Shepherd as organist and choir accompanist since 1995. A church organist for more than 50 years, she is a retired high school secretary, and she works extensively with band and choir students for contests, performances, and special music at GSLC.


Stephanie Patriarco

Administrative Assistant


Stephanie Patriarco became the administrative assistant for Good Shepherd in September of 2016. In addition to her administrative work and coordination of office volunteers and staff, Stephanie is the wife of Dan, and the mother of Grace and Luke.


Stephanie will cheerfully assist you during church office hours on Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Call 440-599-8908 or email the office at:

Jim Fuller

8:30 Music Coordinator

Jim has been a church musician since 1998, and he currently leads the GSLC "Believers Fire" Praise Band. With music being the center of his life, Jim also teaches privately at the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts and the Ashtabula Arts Center, coaches high school brass players, gives piano lessons, and plays professionally with local Christian and jazz bands. Jim is also quite the handyman, with special expertise in paint.



Mary Steighner

Sunday School Superintendent

and Custodian

Mary has been custodian at GSLC since 2013.  Caring for the cleanliness of our building and caring for children are her passions.  In 2013 she became Sunday School Superintendent.  Mary also works at a local day care center. She has a daughter, Jasmine.

Chris Murtha

Secretary Assistant

Chris Murtha serves as secretary at Good Shepherd. A longtime member of Good Shepherd and the Good Shepherd choir, Chris also volunteers as the financial secretary, a position she has filled since 1998.


Chris is married to Lou, and they have four grown children. She is also the fiscal officer for Monroe Township. Chris is in the church office on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and can be reached by calling 440-599-8908 or by emailing


"I felt right at home when I walked through the doors of Good Shepherd for the first time. Everyone was very welcoming and I felt no pressure by any means. I have now been going to the church for 2 years and love connecting with everyone here."

"I would highly recommend this church to anyone who is feeling lost, empty, or just looking to connect and grow with God. I was a non-believer before coming to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and now I have had a chance to build my relationship with Christ. It has been an awesome experience."