Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Welcomes New Pastor

John W. Beckman's first Sunday at Good Shepherd is Jan. 6, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church welcomes John W. Beckman as the congregation’s new pastor. Beckman will oversee pastoral duties succeeding Reverend Dr. Paul J. Gravrock, who served the church for more than 30 years.

Since Pastor Gravrock’s departure in 2011, the church has had two interim pastors, Marcus Hess and, most recently, Karen Johnson.

Pastor Beckman comes to Novato and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from Conyers, Ga., where he served the last 13 years at Epiphany Lutheran Church. No stranger to California, Beckman graduated from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. After graduating from seminary, Beckman served at Zion Lutheran Church in Stockton before accepting the pastoral call in Georgia.

Prior to working as a pastor, Beckman worked in finance until he realized he was called into seminary.  According to Beckman, “I did not choose to serve by my own means, but God and the Holy Spirit brought me this gracious gift to serve – a gift for a reason and a gift to be shared...,” he says. “I’m genuinely excited to be returning to California.” 

Beckman’s first Sunday at Good Shepherd is Jan. 6, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A coffee hour will be held in between services. Pastor Beckman joins the church along with his wife, Veronica, and their three children, Ben, Josh and Rachel.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is at 1180 Lynwood Drive in Novato. For further information on Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, please call 415-897-2123 or e-mail church.office@goodshepherdlutheran.org.

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Sonia Craig January 04, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Welcome to Novato!
Jerry January 05, 2013 at 05:15 AM
I have heard him speak. He is a very good speaker and very funny too.
Nancy Brock February 03, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Nancy Pastor John is our former pastor. I will say Good Shepherd is extremely lucky to get him!! We miss him dearly!
Roberta February 18, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Pastor John and the entire Beckman family will be an asset to your Church community. We were fortunate to have him with us for 13 years. Cherish him and his family, as your journey with him starts. Looking forward to visiting Good Shepherd when we visit our daughter in San Francisco.


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