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Love Reigns on the Trail to Salvation!

Even in the midst of the challenges of daily life and a pandemic Love Reigns!

Join us as we gather to celebrate the power of God’s love to conquer sin and death. Sunday morning worship is live streamed at 9am via Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Zoom).

Worship in person with us at 9am Sundays or 6:20pm Wednesdays. Following the recommendations of the CDC, Good Shepherd has limited in-person capacity, require wearing face-coverings, and have instituted a specialized cleaning process after each worship service.

We look forward to having you join us on-line or in-person.


Good Shepherd is a congregation of the ELCA that has been engaged in ministry in Aberdeen, South Dakota for more than 50 years. We are a congregation that INvites, INspires, and INvests in our community.

We are a welcoming church that is committed to family, a sense of belonging, and acceptance for all.

We believe that faithfulness is a lifelong journey. We are committed to ministries to people of all ages in a safe, nurturing environment.

We put love into action by reaching out in mission to our local community and the world beyond.


Sunday – 9:00am Blended Worship with Communion every Sunday – in person and live streamed

Wednesday – 6:20pm in the Sanctuary (Holy Communion is celebrated every Wednesday)



Rev. Leland Armbright | Administrative Pastor


I was born into a military family and have had the opportunity to live in a number of places in the world. I graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Environmental Sciences, have received a certificate in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry from Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, and a Master’s of Divinity from Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota. I have served the church for over 20 years in in youth ministry and pastoral ministry. Prior to serving here at Good Shepherd, I have served in congregations in Comstock and Rustad, Minnesota; Phoenix, Arizona; and Peachtree Corners, Georgia. My wife, Aleshia, and I are proud parents of four girls and enjoy watching them grow, spending time with family across the Midwest, and exploring the world.

Rev. Mike Jacobson | Visitation Pastor


I was born in Cambridge, England, grew up in Hayti, SD, and survived my teen-age years in suburban Minneapolis, MN. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Electrical Engineering, I attended Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1972. Ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament at Christ Chapel, St. Peter, MN, followed on June 4th. My first two parishes were in Minnesota; followed by three in Manitoba, Canada; and two in South Dakota (Leola & Long Lake; then Tripp & Delmont). I retired June 1st of 2010 and moved to Aberdeen. Since retirement I have remained active by providing pulpit supply for several congregations and now continue to serve Good Shepherd as Visitation Pastor. In our fifty plus years of marriage Twila and I have been blessed with two sons and three daughters who have managed to compound the blessing by producing nine grandchildren. We are enjoying life at the lake and participating in the Adult Choir as well as the worship life at Good Shepherd.

Anne Knighten | Pastoral Intern


I grew up in Asheville, NC, but my family moved to Salt Lake City, UT, when I was a teenager. I obtained a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Utah and a JD from Southwestern University School of Law (now Southwestern Law School) in Los Angeles, CA. I am in my final year as a distributive learning student in the MDiv program at Luther Seminary. My husband, Scott, is living the bachelor life at our home in Redlands, CA, while I am at Good Shepherd. I have two adult daughters, Jennifer and Celeste. Keeping me company in Aberdeen are two of my parrots and a fish.


Phone: 605-229-0846
Fax: 605-225-7230
1429 North Dakota Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Making Our Love and Mission Visible