The Rev. Martin Eppard is the founding pastor of the Good Shepherd Church. In addition to his parish duties he serves on the Board of Directors for the local Crisis Pregnancy Center and as a police chaplain. Father Martin has taught Theology and Church History at St. Michael's Seminary and Church History at Mt. de Sales Academy.
Father Martin received his Diploma in Biblical Studies from Elim Bible Institute. He holds a BA degree in Religion and Philosophy from Western Maryland College, an MA degree in Theology from St. Mary's Seminary & University, a Masters of Ministry degree from Holy Trinity Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Michael's Seminary.
Father Martin is married to Gwyn Eppard who is also a graduate of Elim Bible Institute as well as nursing school. Gwyn is a singer/songwriter and poet and is the Education Coordinator at Pregnancy Center West in Catonsville, MD. Gwyn and Father Martin have four Children and thirteen grandchildren.
Father Jon Jackson is a Priest in Residence at Good Shepherd Church. He spent 7 years in the service of our country as a Nuclear Trained Electrician qualified in submarines. For 25 years he owned and operated Faith Home Remodeling Services, an award winning Design Build Remodeling company.
Father Jon and his wife Marji were founding members of the parish and while attending Good Shepherd Father Jon received a call to the ministry. He attended St. Michael's Seminary from which he holds the Licentiate in Theology degree. He and Marji accepted a call to St. Andrews Church CEC in Petersburg, Virginia where Fr. Jon served as Rector for 13 years.
While in Petersburg Father Jon was Chaplain to the Petersburg Police Department and the Petersburg Rotary Club. He was a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and also served on the Board of the Southside American Red Cross and the Petersburg YMCA. While serving on the Bishop’s Council for the Central Province Father Jon served on the CEC Committee on the Catechism.
In 2010 Fr Jon “retired” and the Jacksons returned to their native Baltimore where they once again serve at Good Shepherd. Marji and Jon have 3 children and 4 grandchildren and Marji is an accomplished artist who uses her creative talents in the service of the Lord.