Church history


In the year 1874, the same year Bishop Garrett arrived in Dallas, the Reverend John Portmess came to Terrell with his wife to open a school. Mrs. Portmess was the wife of Mrs. J.L. Terrell (founder of our town); Mr. Terrell was a frequent member of the vestry in early years. The first service of the Episcopal Church in Terrell was held at the Portmess school in September of that year. A dedicated and energetic man, Mr. Portmess was instrumental in organizing and building the first church, which was consecrated in 1878. The church grew from a mission to gaining parish status in 1883, and built its first building, a simple wooden structure, in


As the diocese and the church grew, there was a need for a much larger facility. Our present brick edifice was completed in 1907, with a fine organ installed in 1914. 

Clergy and Staff

The Rev. David M. Faulkner

About our New Rector


Good Shepherd warmly welcomes our new Rector, The Reverend David Faulkner and his wife Laura.


Father David grew up in nearby Carrollton and is a proud native Texan. He holds degrees in theology and ministry from Wheaton College in Illinois, Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, and The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. During his studies he focused on liturgy and ethics and enjoys teaching these subjects to young people and adults alike.


A son of The Diocese of Dallas, he has served at parishes in Heath, Texarkana, and most recently on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Father David is delighted to be back home in what he insists upon calling Texas, "God's Favorite State." He brings to Good Shepherd passions for biblical preaching, Christian education for all ages, and excellence in worship that is both comforting to longtime Episcopalians and welcoming to newcomers. 


Father David has experience in a wide range of congregations. He also brings to Good Shepherd his gifts in administration, finance, and long range planning. He is excited about the future of Good Shepherd and looks forward to working alongside our whole congregation as we enter this new and exciting chapter of our long history.


Father David's first Sunday with us will be January 29. In the meantime, reach out and find him on Facebook, via email at or give him a call at 214-769-7787. He'd love to start getting to know everyone and putting faces with names. Please keep him, Laura, Duke (the dog), and Ginger (the cat) in your prayers as they house hunt in the Terrell area and make the move out East. Welcome, Father David and Laura!

Sherilyn Stewart
Minister of Music

The Music Ministry at Good Shepherd leads the congregation in worshipping God through music.



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