Pastor Heidi Johns

Heidi began as Senior Pastor of Good Shepherd on May 1, 2014.  She is new to the Cincinnati area and is excited to be making her home in Ohio.  She has lived all over the Midwest including, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.  She was raised in Michigan’s beautiful  Upper Peninsula, not too far from the shores of Lake Superior.  Before coming to Good Shepherd she served at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois for almost nine years, during which she maintained her loyalty to the Green Bay Packers in spite of living in Bear territory.  She’s not sure what will happen now that she is in the land of the Bengals!  

Heidi received her B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and her M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  

Heidi feels blessed to be serving a  congregation as active and involved as Good Shepherd, and is eager to see where God will lead the church next! ​

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Pastor Pat Badkey

Pat is the Director of Congregational Life for Good Shepherd. She oversees the caring ministries of Good Shepherd and the Milestone Ministry which includes baptism, first communion and confirmation. Pat is a graduate of Texas Lutheran College and has her Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. She has served the congregation of Good Shepherd since 1989. She and her husband, Steve, have a daughter who lives in Philadelphia. Pat & Steve like to travel to places near and far when they are able to get away. Pat enjoys knitting as a way to relax and create.

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Pastor Alice Connor

Alice is finding her way both as Director of Young Adult and Campus Ministries and as a Christian. She has degrees from Transylvania University (BA in Theatre) and Trinity Lutheran/Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary (MDiv). She, her husband, daughter and new baby love food of all stripes. Alice is a fiber artist, a pie baker, and a church geek. She is also an Episcopal priest, but don't hold that against her. Because of the document "Called to Common Mission," the Episcopal and Lutheran churches are in full communion, coming together where the church has historically pulled apart. Alice is thrilled to be working with the University of Cincinnati community and hopes you'll come visit the campus. Follow @pastoralice on Twitter or read her blog at



Barbara Andrews

As the Church Secretary, Barb prepares bulletins, orders office supplies, and makes the office runs smoothly. Barb, who is proficient in many areas including law and business, says she has been a secretary "forever!" She and her husband, Russ, live in Evendale and never moved far from home. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. If you have a question, Barb can help steer you in the right direction.

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Becky Born

Becky is GSLC's Faith Formation Communications Assistant and works with Jen Jarman and Pastor Pat Badkey to coordinate faith formation events for our youth.  She has more than 20 years experience in office settings.  She is excited to be part of a team that is committed to building a Christ-centered foundation for youth that is fun, challenging, and life-changing!

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Steve Fahnestock

Steve is the Interim Director of Parish Operations, responsible for managing Good Shepherd’s facilities, monitoring church finances, and overseeing the variety of technology resources used in Good Shepherd’s ministries. He is a graduate of Denison University and has Master’s degrees from Indiana University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Steve is married to Pastor Pat Badkey; they have a daughter, who lives in Philadelphia, and two demanding cats. Steve’s interests include sports, technology, and music -- including being one of the rotating cast of musicians for the 9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service. Steve also serves as one of the sound technicians for worship services and other special events at Good Shepherd.

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Ken Holdt

Ken Holdt serves as Director of Contemporary Worship and Music, leading the 9:30 worship service on Sundays. He directs the Praise Band, Praise Teams, Victory Singers choir, PowerPoint Operators, Creators, and Sound Technicians for that service. During the week, Ken teaches high school choral music in the Sycamore Community Schools. Ken received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, his Master of Music Education from Florida State University, and his Master of School Leadership and Administration from Miami (OH) University.

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Chris Jarman

As Childcare Coordinator, Chris ensures our smallest members have a safe and nurturing place to be cared for so parents can worship and participate in Christian community without worry!  Her work here provides an opportunity for Chris to continue to use her experiences in and passion for non-profit work.  During the week, Chris teaches 3rd and 4th grade at Summit Academy.  She has three grown children and two wonderful grandkids!



Jen Jarman

Jen currently serves as the Director of Faith Formation for adults and youth -- offering educational opportunities for those as young as 3 years old and every stage of life's faith walk. Jen has been involved in ministry at Good Shepherd since 2003, when she wandered into the Senior High Sunday School room and loved it so much, she ended up working full-time for the church. When Jen is not at home learning to play the guitar with her husband, daughter and son close by, she can most likely be found in one of the Sunday School classrooms building relationships with students of all ages. Jen particularly enjoys the aspects of teaching and service when working with youth and hopes to one day serve internationally. Jen graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and served a year in Americorps before returning to her roots of Skyline Chili, Graeter's icecream and LaRosa's pizza.

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Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones serves as Director of the Ministry of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd, overseeing the church's entire worship and music programs. She directs the church bell choir, Chancel Choir, Christmas Eve Orchestra, and is organist for all traditional services. She is a graduate of Wittenberg University with both Bachelor and Master degrees in sacred music, holds Levels I and II in Orff Music Certification, and is an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

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Joshua Yancey

As GSLC's Custodian, Josh's role focuses on our facilities, keeping everything pleasant and welcoming. Josh is instrumental in setting up various events and meetings here at Good Shepherd. When he's not busy here, Josh is pursuing his degree in radio broadcasting. Josh is a fan of comic superheroes and is certainly one of the unsung heroes at GSLC! 

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Jan Zinnecker

Jan works part time as the Congregational Life Assistant and the Assimilation Caller. As such, she schedules worship volunteers, helps maintain the database, and contacts visitors to try to help them find a niche here at Good Shepherd. She received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Valparaiso University but "retired" from full-time employment to raise three daughters.

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