Bishop of Western Louisiana

The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, PhD, DD
IV Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana

Clergy & Staff

  • The  Rev. James “Jim”  J. Popham – Priest in Charge

  • The Rev. Jo P. Popham – Priest  in Charge

  • The Rev. James “Jim”  Lueckenhoff – Assisting Priest

  • The Rev. Frances “Boo” Kay – Assisting Priest and Head of School Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School

  • The Rev. Petroula Ruehlen – Assts. Priest Emerita

  • Mrs. Ann Lindsay – Financial Secretary/Office Manager

  • Mrs. Emily Williams – Communications Manager

  • Mrs. Pam LeBlanc – Music

  • Mr. Jordy Stanley – Choir Director


The Rev. James  J. “Jim” Popham and  the Rev. Jo P. Popham – Priests-in-charge.

Jo and Jim come to Good Shepherd from Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe, Louisiana, where they served as interim rectors.  Previously, Jo served as rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Brewton, Alabama, and Jim served as traveling vicar to three churches in the Florida panhandle, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Pensacola, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Crestview, and St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church in DeFuniak Springs. They previously have served at churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and the Diocese of Calgary in the Anglican Church of Canada. They both are graduates of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Jo and Jim are natives of Monroe and graduates of Neville High School, where they met in Algebra class. In addition to their seminary degrees, they hold degrees from Louisiana Tech and Tulane University.

Prior to entering seminary, Jim and Jo handled copyright royalty litigation in the Washington, D.C. office of the Motion Picture Association of America. Also in Washington, Jo had worked in the Washington Law Office of Westinghouse Broadcasting and CBS. And Jim had worked for the National Association of Broadcasters and the Association of Local Television stations. They also worked together in the practice of law in New Orleans, representing radio and televisions station clients before the Federal Communications Commission.

Jim and Jo also were heavily involved in the leadership and work of the Church before entering seminary, serving in various lay ministries. They also acquired an island on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where they lived and conducted spiritual retreats. Participation in the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, the Diocesan School for Ministry in West Virginia, and classes at Trinity School for Ministry contributed to their spiritual formation.

Phone: 337 433-5244


Worship Schedule

Sunday Services – 8:30 am, 10:30 am 5:00 pm

Wednesday Service– 12:05 pm. Hearing augmentation devices are available from the ushers upon request.

Sunday (nursery provided)
8:30 Holy Communion – Rite 1 limited music – 715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd
Breakfast served September through May-9:30 a.m.

10:30 Holy Communion – Rite 2 -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

9:30 Adult Christian Education

10:30 Children’s Sunday School

5:00 pm: Holy Communion – Rite 2 – 715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

8:00 EDS Morning Prayer -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

Noon: Holy communion with prayers for healing – Chapel -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

2:00 EDS Holy Eucharist -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd