Rev. Koss's Favorite Passage:

Romans 8:28

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose."

Rev. Noel Koss

Pastor Koss was born at Everett, Washington and raised in Seattle. He met his wife, Linda, at Concordia College, Portland, Oregon and they have been married 51 plus years. They have four children, one of whom, Eric, is now in heaven. Pastor Koss has served congregations in Wisconsin, Washington, Iowa and at Jackson, Wyoming. He likes sporting events, walking, and reading. He has been guest minister at Wittenberg, Germany, participated in medical missions event in Kenya, Africa, and served as interim minister to congregations in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho the past 10 years.

Bonnie Jean Huset,

Preschool Director and Teacher

Bonnie Jean Huset opened the doors to our NLSA accredited Little Lambs Preschool in 2005 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Preschool is open early September to late May and caters to the educational needs of 3 and 4 year olds.
It is located in the Annex building of Good Shepherd on the back (west) side.

All three & four year olds are welcome as church membership is not required!

Please visit for more information.

Email Bonnie

Rev. David Schmidt Visitation Pastor Email Rev. Schmidt
Rev. Daniel Gerken Visitation Pastor Email Rev. Daniel
Joe Morton President Email Joe
Denes Van Parys Music Director Email Denes
Valerie Rice Church Secretary Email Valerie

Do You Know Who Your Church Elder is?

Please feel free to contact your Church Elder anytime for any reason.
Your Church Elder has been assigned to you based on your Last Name...

Zone Church Elder Names
1 Norm Gerken (253) 845-1521
Alber - Classen
2 Joe Morton (253) 473-5649
Cunningham - Jaech
3 Wayne Boudreau (253) 405-4904
Jundra - Merkel, L.
4 Julian Doyle (253) 584-7244
Merkel, R. - Scott
5 Tony Huset (253) 753-3764
See - Z

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: I have many spiritually based questIons. Where do I begin?

ANSWER: Yes, there are many questions and just as many, if not more answers.
Please click on this link to access the LUTHERAN CHURCH MISSOURI SYNOD Website FAQ page. Here you will find answers that will guide you on your spiritual path. If you cannot find an answer to your question, you may pose your question directly and your will receive a response within a few days.

QUESTION: How do I find your church and preschool?

ANSWER: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Little Lambs Preschool are located at 140 East 56th Street,Tacoma, Washington, 98404, just 3 blocks east from the major intersection of Pacific Avenue and South 56th Street. Concordia Lutheran School is located directly across east "B" street from the church.

Driving Directions:
From Fife - Take I-5 southbound and take the Highway 7, Pacific Avenue exit in front of the Tacoma Dome. Stay in the LEFT LANE upon exiting and veer LEFT. Follow the signs to Highway 7 southbound turning LEFT from 38th street onto Pacific Avenue. Drive 1.1 miles on Pacific Avenue heading south to 56th Street. Turn left on 56th Street and drive three blocks to East B Street and turn RIGHT. You have arrived!
From Lakewood - Take I-5 northbound and exit at 56th street and head EAST (stay right). Drive 1.2 miles to Pacific Avenue. Continue for three more blocks to East B Street and turn RIGHT. You have arrived!


Click on a Question to see its Answer:

What times are your Sunday Services?

We offer one Sunday Service plus Sunday School:
09:00 AM - Early Service
10:30 AM - Sunday School and Adult Education

What Sundays do you offer Holy Communion?

We offer Communion every Sunday as part of our 9:00 AM Service.

We Lutheran Christians believe that in the Sacrament of Holy Communion our Lord's body and blood are truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine; and that through faith we receive the assurance that our sins are forgiven and that we have eternal life. If you have been so instructed and confirmed, and share this understanding with us, we invite you to join with us in receiving this Sacrament. Please extend your palm to receive the bread. If you or your children do not receive communion, you may still come forward for a blessing - please keep your hands folded and head bowed.

Do you have disabled parking?

Yes, we offer several disabled parking spaces close to our church building in our parking lot to the south of the church. Our building is easily accessible by wheelchair and we provide an elevator to our downstairs dining and meeting rooms.

I'm interested in becoming a member but would like more information. Do you offer an informational class on the Lutheran faith?

Our Pastor offers an Adult Information Class (AIC) that teaches the background of the Lutheran faith. See our Calendar & Activities page for more information.

I see you offer a preschool. Do I have to be a member or church attendee for my child to go to your preschool?

Our Little Lambs Preschool has Open Enrollment for any child in the community. You do not have to be a church member or church attendee for you child to attend our preschool. All are Welcome! Check our Links page to visit our Little Lambs Preschool website.