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Good Shepherd is committed to advancing God's kingdom through local community engagement, community partnerships with area Christian and non-profit organizations, and

global partnerships.

kids outreach

Good Shepherd IMPACT Ministry


    We provide a safe and welcoming place for neighborhood children to hang out during school breaks with our iMPACT Camps.  School-age kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade can socialize, learn to cook, make crafts, play games, have lots of fun outdoor play, skateboard and scooter, learn to garden, care for our chickens and learn about Jesus.

  • Girls of grace

    Girls of Grace is a free after school and Sunday program for girls in 3rd through 5th grades. We have lots of fun together doing crafts, service projects, sewing and cooking. We also spend time discussing topics pertinent to girls.  Every week, we share our highs and lows, work in our prayer journals, and learn an element of Christianity such as the Lord's Prayer, Ten Commandments or Bible verses.

  • Sons of thunder

    Sons of Thunder is a free after school and Sunday program for boys in 3rd through 5th grades. We provide structured, active play with sports and games followed by group discussion. Our goal is to mentor and disciple boys to understand what it means to live a life of faith, and opportunity to reflect on issues that are relevant to their daily lives.

  • resume cafe

    Resume Cafe is a job training program for high school students.  Resume Cafe participants earn their food handling certificates and are trained in money handling, customer service, resume writing, interview skills, and of course, making a mean cup of coffee.  The Cafe is open on the first Sunday of the month from 9:30-11:00 AM. Customers can order specialty drinks and enjoy tasty pastry treats.

Amy Smith, impact ministry director

Amy has a heart for helping people and for getting them to church where they can experience Christian fellowship and the love of Christ.  Her work in ministry began at Good Shepherd in 2003.

Amy Smith grew up on a small 10-acre farm in Shingle Springs, CA, and attended Ponderosa High School. Amy earned her degree in Communications at California State University Sacramento in 1995, and completed a two-year Urban Outreach Program at Fuller Seminary in 2013.  

She has a wonderful husband, Dave, and one pretty awesome son, Tyler. They love to work on projects around their house, go to soccer games, and garden. 

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  • shepherd's field Community garden

    We proudly provide our neighborhood with a place of beauty and a valuable resource in Shepherd's Field Community Garden. Shepherd's Field is located on our campus and operated in partnership with International Rescue Committee to provide our diverse community with an opportunity to build relationships and healthy families.

  • Sierra arden food closet

    We proudly provide the Sierra Arden Food Closet with food donations and volunteers. Food donations can be dropped off at the Good Shepherd Giving Corner on the first Sunday of every month, or taken directly to the Sierra Arden Food Closet, located at 890 Morse Avenue inside the Sierra Arden Church, during open hours Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM.

  • St. John's program for real change

    We proudly support St. John's Program both financially and with donation of supplies.  Supply donations specific to current program needs can be dropped off every Sunday at the Giving Corner.  For more information on St. John's Program visit

Global partnerships

  • Nyarubae Lutheran Church

    Nyarubae Lutheran Church has been our Sister Parish in Rwanda since 2010 when it was established with support from Good Shepherd and other Lutheran congregations in Northern California.  Nyarubae is one of the largest and fastest growing Lutheran congregations in Rwanda. 

  • Rwanda school Project

    The Rwanda School Project's mission is to provide high quality secondary education in Rwanda.  The Rwamagana Lutheran School was opened in 2010 to offer a secure and nurturing school environment that transforms vulnerable youth into future leaders and problem solvers who champion environmental sustainability and social change.  For more information visit