Good Samaritan (Good Sam) is a community of Christian disciples who find meaning in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We take seriously the invitation of Jesus to walk with our neighbors in our journey of faith (Luke 10:25-37). We are brothers and sisters to Christians throughout the world and are affiliated specifically with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We worship in the Christian liturgical tradition and we follow the rhythm of a church year that is organized around the life of Jesus from his birth (Advent/Christmas) through his ministry on earth (Epiphany), then to his death and resurrection (Lent/Easter) and finally to his sharing of God’s Spirit with the church (Pentecost). The Communion meal is central to our worship each Sunday. In it, we feast upon the gifts of Jesus in bread and wine. Here we meet our Lord and become united together in his resurrected life among us. Baptism is a sign of God’s promises that accompany us throughout our lives as we journey in faith and service.
We have chosen to locate our congregation in the heart of Lexington Park, right off of Great Mills Road and from here we take seriously the work of serving our neighbors. We host St Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen on our campus and our own Our Daily Bread Food Pantry actively serves 150 families week month with groceries and non perishable food. In this community service we hope to serve any who have need, regardless of religion, race, color, age, sexual identity, national origin, disability or parental status.
At Good Sam, we believe in listening to one another, respecting one another and figuring out together how we can best love God and to love and serve our neighbors. We don’t believe that we all need to have the same political views. Here you’ll find democrats, republicans and everything in between. All are welcome! We find that, no matter our political beliefs, we discover common ground in loving God and neighbor. We can all support each other on this journey of faith.
We hope you will visit us in person on a Sunday morning. We’d love the opportunity to walk with you on your journey and to share with you the grace and joy that we have found in the path of discipleship.
I was ordained in 1990 and, prior to coming to Good Samaritan, served congregations in Oregon and Washington State.
I’m an outdoorsy kind of guy who loves to sail, hike, ski and plan adventures every so often to keep me always looking forward. My best partner in all of these things is my wife Shannon, who is also a Lutheran Pastor. Our daughters, Sara Noel and Willa Joy, are our best shared joy. They are a gift of light, strength and hope – constantly calling from us our best efforts and our best selves.
Life for me has its richest expression in Jesus the Anointed one of God. For me this is where love and grace find full expression. It is in Christ that justice and mercy come together and find their fullest expression. This is why I serve in the church, not because it’s perfect, but because we are always looking to find the life of Jesus in our midst.
Our Music Director
We are very excited to have Sherri Fenwick join our staff. She Graduated from St Mary’s College with a Music Ed. Degree and has a full career as a music teacher in the St Mary’s County School system as well as decades of experience as a church musician in and out of this county. She directs a tri-county Southern Gospel Choir and comes to us with a long list of people who’s lives she has touch through music in area churches, schools, choirs and more. She is a gifted organist and is wonderful on any keyboard. Not only does she love music but she love the Lord even more.
Our Director of Mission and Engagement
Kelly Thurber lives in Lexington Park, MD with her husband Eric and her 2 boys Maxwell & Elijah. Born & raised in Birmingham, AL, Kelly grew up in the Lutheran church there and began participating in mission work as a youth. She has a passion for connecting with and engaging the community, equipping people with knowledge and tools, and helping them explore their God given gifts and talents. Before coming to Maryland, Kelly served 2 years with the international non-profit Empower-A-Child as a Volunteer in Uganda on 2 mission trips, then as a USA Board Member & Staff Member. She has also served with Americorps as a Habitat for Humanity project coordinator and is formerly a Foster Care Case Manager. As a navy spouse, she has had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer, mentor & facilitator in programs with communities and churches all across the US. She has been a member of Good Sam since moving here is 2016.
Our Office Manager / Administrative Assistant
Iman Green Syler lives in Valley Lee, MD with her husband, Greg, and their daughter, Carter. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Iman’s Christian faith deepened through camping and youth ministry. Before coming to Good Samaritan, Iman served as Missioner for Youth & Families for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, helping resource and develop effective ministries in faith communities throughout southern Maryland, DC, Montgomery, Prince George’s County. She is an active member of The Episcopal Church and worships with her family at St. George’s in Valley Lee. Not only is she excited to join the ministry team at Good Samaritan, Iman looks forward to bringing her skills, joy, and love of Christ to empower and help raise up life-changing ministry.
Our Nursery Care Lead
Karol is a Senior at St Mary’s College and is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Minor in Educational Studies. Karol enjoys her work with Good Sam engaging groups of children, ages 1-7, playing games and leading crafts, to provide a safe and fun environment while parents attend church service. In addition to enjoying play and self-expression through art and crafts, Karol is a fantastic artist in her own right. She is a long time member of Good Sam.
Wednesday Evening Childcare Staff
Hello my name is Julie Nelson. I am a Texas native, but am living here in Southern Maryland with my husband who is stationed on NAS Pax River. I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home and learned the value of missionary work from a young age. I love being able to share the love of God with children and help shape them into who they will be in the future.