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Seth Illich

Seth Illich

Director of Christian Education

Hello and welcome! I am so glad you’re here! My name is Seth Illich and I serve at Good Shepherd as the Director of Christian Education. I love the mission and ministry of the church. My passions and skills lend themselves to the educational and experiential side of church ministries, so I chased after a vocation that allows me to serve in that way. 

Much like Pastor Steven, my life growing up revolved around athletics. I have always been a big guy. So, my first sport was basketball. But, I also got into soccer, track and field, baseball, and eventually fell in love with football. I started playing football as a sophomore in High School and started every game that year at right tackle. I continued to play through college and during my playing time, spent time at every position on the offensive line. 

Eventually my desire to play football and study to be involved in ministry led me to Concordia University in Chicago, IL. In 2012, I graduated from Concordia with my BA in Education w/ a DCE Certification and a Minor in Theology. After a year-long internship, I graduated and was called to serve at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, IA. 

In 2015 I walked through some major life changes. In May, I married my lovely wife, Emily. Then, in June, we started at a new Call at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Kettering, OH. All along the way, my family has continued to be blessed, in 2016 we welcomed our daughter Sofia, and in 2019, our son Sullivan was born. 

Whether at church or in my personal life, I am the type of person who seeks out new experiences. I love to be outdoors; shooting, archery, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, I just love being in God’s creation. More and more, I like to get to share those experiences with others who might not get to do it themselves. 

In day-to-day life just as in ministry, we get to walk this together and I am so excited to be a part of life here in Cedar Park and especially at Good Shepherd.

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COVID-19
Precautionary measures

Dear Good Shepherd Family,

At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, we take the personal health and wellness of our members very seriously. You may have some growing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVD-19), and we wanted to put your mind at ease by making you aware of the precautionary steps we are taking as a church:

  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed around campus for your use and benefit. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is proven to kill germs and bacteria.
  • Hand washing signs have been placed in campus bathrooms reminding members to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Our pastoral staff will sanitize their hands before and after giving communion.
  • Janitorial staff is sanitizing all common areas to help prevent the spread of illness.
  • Every Friday/ Saturday we will have a “terminal clean” done on all common areas. This includes a wipe down all surfaces and floors with disinfectant – chairs, desk, tables, door handles, etc. with hospital disinfectant.
  • While we will miss you on Sunday Morning, please stay home if you are not feeling well, especially if you have a fever, are coughing or sneezing or are experiencing shortness of breath. Our online Live Streaming services allow you to stay connected with your church family but helps to prevent the spread of germs.

We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies and public health officials, and we will update you as new information becomes available.

Thank you for being a part of the Good Shepherd family! We are committed to making our church a safe and enjoyable place for all who worship with us. If you need Pastoral Care, please contact us at pastoralcare@gstx.org or call 512.258.6227.

Be Blessed,

Pastor Marty and Pastor Steven