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Rev. Scott Mims

Scott was first introduced to the Lutheran Church by a friend in college. From a “rediscovery” of faith to a love for worship to a call to serve, much has followed from that simple invitation. Because of this, Scott is passionate about helping others connect their lives to the life of Jesus Christ and to His Church.

Ordained by the ELCA in 1998, Scott served congregations in Sheffield and Ludlow, Pennsylvania and in Roanoke, Virginia prior to coming to Good Shepherd in 2007. His areas of interest include youth & young adults, marriage ministry, stewardship, Christian formation, and the Alpha Course. Scott is a trained Healthy Congregations facilitator for the Virginia Synod, and a regular small group leader in the Synod’s ACTS program.

Scott is a graduate of Clemson University (B.S. Chemical Engr.) and of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (M.Div.). He enjoys playing music and the great outdoors, but most especially spending time with Cathy and their two children.



Rev. Cathy Mims

Cathy, a native Minnesotan, grew up in the Lutheran Church, and her love for the Church deepened through her involvement in Lutheran Campus Ministry while she attended Indiana University.  The influence of LCM and the encouragement of her campus pastor drew her to seminary, which she attended in Columbia, SC.

She graduated from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and was ordained in 1998.  Having served congregations in Tionesta, PA and in Roanoke, VA, she came to Good Shepherd with her husband, Scott in July of 2007.  She has experience in children and family ministry, marriage enrichment and small groups, and is driven by a longing to touch others with the love and grace of Jesus Christ.  Cathy serves on the steering committee for the Roots and Wings Ministry of the Virginia Synod (www.vasynodroots.org) and on the Christian Education Committee for the Virginia Synod.  She is also a trained Healthy Congregations facilitator.

Cathy’s hobbies include knitting, cooking and baking, playing piano and singing, reading, walking along the ocean shore, and spending time with her husband, two children and her mother. 



Patricia "Pat" Morgan

Pat first came to the Hampton Roads area in 1961 as a student at Hampton Institute with plans of becoming a Physical Therapist. Instead, she ended up in the banking industry, working as a Branch Manager and Loan officer for eleven years. Pat joined the staff as the Administrator at Good Shepherd over sixteen years ago as a favor to then Pastor Siler, a close friend. Since that time her witness, enthusiasm, and good sense have served as an anchor for our congregation.

Pat is also very active in her own congregation, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where she has been a member for 34 years. Pat has also served on the Virginia Synod Council, as Secretary of the Virginia Synod, and on several committees and task groups of the Synod.

Pat was married for 28 years to her late husband, Harvey Morgan. She has a son, three step-children, and nine grandchildren. She loves music, and for the past 25 years has sung with the Virginia Beach Chorale. Reading is also one of her passions, as is anything Italian, especially good Italian food and wine. Pat plans someday to spend several months touring Italy.


Steve Sunderland

Organist Steve Sunderland is a music education graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a major in keyboard music. He began his teaching career as an elementary music specialist with Virginia Beach City Public Schools in 1970. Since then, he has taught general music, choral music, orchestra, and band in all grades from kindergarten through high school. Though officially retired from teaching since 2003, Steve continues to teach part-time.

Our longest-serving staff member, Steve has been the Organist and Choir Director at Good Shepherd since 1977. He is married to Frances, and they have two sons, Eric and Christopher, both of whom have grown up at Good Shepherd. Both Frances and Chris join Steve in the choir each Sunday, while Eric is presently in graduate school at the University of Cincinnati.

Offshore fishing is one of Steve’s favorite pastimes, though he also enjoys woodworking, gardening, photography, computers and working on cars. This year Steve began the ambitious project of building a German harpsichord, which is now nearly complete.


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