Worship - Learn - Love

We worship our saving God, learn about his love and wisdom for life, while reflecting that love to our family, neighbors, and community.

Our Vision

Good Shepherd is a church committed to gospel-focused family ministry in Iowa's Creative Corridor. Our vision is to impact our region by connecting with our neighbors, building relationships, and planting churches so that we can better connect those neighbors with the gospel where they are at. Our first step in becoming a multi-site ministry is our new mission in North Liberty.


Welcome to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church!
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, welcomes you, no matter who you are or where you come from—and so do we. We believe that Jesus Christ is the true Savior of all people. By his perfect life, innocent death, and triumphant resurrection, he saves all lost sinners even without our help. Jesus Christ makes us special people, right with God and ready for life! We learn this from the Bible, God’s authentic message of grace and guidance for us. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a curious observer with little religious background, we are delighted to share our worship with you. 

Good Shepherd is a congregation that enjoys having fun together and planning meet-ups and community projects throughout the area. It is a blessing to be able to support each other through daily life - whether that is beginning a career, getting married, starting a family, or seeing our kids off to college. Together we gather around God's word, finding peace in forgiveness and seeing what wisdom he has for us in the different seasons of life. We genuinely enjoy welcoming in our neighbors and getting to know new friends. You are invited to join us.


We are members of WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod), a group of Christians united by a common confession of faith, which we are happy to share with you.



Pastor Marques Nelson

Pastor Marques Nelson graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2016 and was assigned to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Marques completed his pastoral internship at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Thornton, CO in 2015.  Before completing his seminary training, Marques worked as a Job Developer in Milwaukee, WI, finding and creating jobs for people with disabilities and disadvantages.  He loves to share the incredible message of Jesus with people over a good cup of coffee.
Marques and his wife, Corissa have been blessed with 3 children, Rivers, Oliver, and Adleigh.  Corissa earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with a certificate in historical preservation.  Corissa currently works from home as a graphic designer and illustrator.  She specializes in worship art and church marketing materials and is also very excited to serve at Good Shepherd.
The Nelsons enjoy collecting new hobbies from hiking to bike riding, from exploring new communities and coffee shops to collecting various bluegrass instruments (now they just need to learn to play them). They are especially loving the North Liberty Community Center, Cedar Rapids Downtown Library, and NewBo District.  Pastor Marques Nelson feels extremely blessed and excited to be called to serve the congregation at Good Shepherd and to reach out with the good news of Jesus to the surrounding community in Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, and beyond.