Fr. Robert Miller
Fr. Bob was ordained in San Francisco following a background in electronics and physics research at UC Berkeley. He received degrees in the Philosophy of Religion and in Social Psychology from San Francisco State University and his theological degree from Nashotah Theological Seminary. Fr. Bob served as Director of St. Dorothy's Retreat Center and as Associate Pastor at churches in the San Francisco Bay Area before joining the ecumenical staff of La Casa de Maria Conference Center in Santa Barbara, where he and Margi were wed in 1975. Fr. Bob served in Honduras from 1979 -1988 to found El Hogar Ministries for abandoned children and to build St.Mary of the Angels Church. Bob retired from Trinity Church in Litchfield, MN and moved to Venice in 2008, when he was assigned by Bishop Smith as Assistant to the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Rev. Michael Kitt
Michael was ordained to the diaconate in February 2002 in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Prior to his ordination, Michael created a weekly soup kitchen ministry in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago which lasted 30 years.
After his ordination, Michael served on the Deacons Formation Commission and for six years, chaired the Diocesan Commission on Global Mission which focused on our companion relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Mexico. Michael traveled to Mexico extensively over an eight year period helping to establish several sustainable parish based businesses and build a water purification system in his sister parish’s community. Michael served on the Cathedral Chapter of St. James in Chicago and as a Director of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. Michael also worked in community organizing advocating for affordable housing, accessible health care and worker rights.
As a bi-vocational clergy, Michael served as CFO for a consulting firm, retiring in December 2015 upon selling the practice. Michael also served as Chaplain of our Episcopal Campus Ministry at Northwestern University retiring in June 2016.
Michael and Stephanie have been married for 37 years. They moved to Venice from Park Ridge, Illinois in June 2017 with Stephanie’s sister Jane Parker who is now living in a group home in Port Charlotte.
BetteAnn, a cradle Episcopalian, has been an active member of Good Shepherd since 2004. She was the administrator for 3 years, and has served as Clerk of the Vestry for 8 years. BetteAnn has a background in bookkeeping and extensive knowledge of the ACS program she, has been Good Shepherd's Bookkeeper for 7 years.
Every Sunday, following the worship service, you are invited to attend a leisurely gathering in our parish hall. With an abundance of food and beverages, it is a time to catch up, to fill up, and to charge up where friends from old and new await
Parishioners at Good Shepherd are very giving and gifted volunteers and we often participate in fund raising events to support many ministries. Every year our annual goal is to raise $15,000 for our various mission opportunities. Christine heads this ambitious undertaking and also spends her time and energies with our twice a month All Faiths Food Bank distribution to some 175 families in need. (941) 223-9567
Pastoral Care Commission
"The Heart of the Shepherd", our weekly email newsblast, and the Sunday sermons can be found on our website.
Every November and December we conduct our Stewardship Campaign which is a perpetual "Journey to the Tithe". Pledging members, prayerfully consider what they intend to give to the Church at this time for the following year and we build a budget from these commitments. Stewardship is related to outreach to the community within and outside its walls. We help the Church continue on its course to love and serve God with all its heart, mind and soul, and to love its neighbors as itself.
We would like to share with you the joy that comes from such giving. Monies may be directed to the annual Operating fund for its normal operation or an amount may be given to Reserves. (941) 488-7312