The Reverend Michele C. Fischer
Pastor Michele Fischer was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and raised in Somersworth, New Hampshire. Somersworth is about 30 miles from the Massachusetts border on I-95 and next door to Berwick, Maine. She attended Susquehanna University, one of our fine ELCA colleges, an hour north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Her four years at Susquehanna were not only formative in terms of her education but also in terms of her faith. It was during Michele’s time at Susquehanna that God became very real to her and she began to understand that the creator of the universe cares deeply for all people in an intimate and personal way.
After college, she spent a year with the Americorps VISTA program in Dover, NH. It was the first year of the Americorps program, and yet it was also the 30 anniversary of the VISTA program. At the conclusion of her year of service, she moved to Philadelphia and began taking classes at the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia.
Initially, she was enrolled in the Master of Arts in Religion degree program, and did not plan on becoming a pastor. However, in 1997, she spent a summer back in New Hampshire doing a chaplaincy education program and finally admitted her calling to become a pastor. She has served congregations in McLean, Va; Telford, PA; Endicott, NH; and Penn Yan, NY. She began serving at Good Shepherd in February of 2017.
Pastor Michele is married to Neal Fischer, who is the Director of Communications for the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA. She and Neal met at Redeemer Lutheran Church outside Washington, DC where she began her ordained ministry in 2000. They were married in 2002.
Neal was born outside Pittsburgh but his family moved to Florida when he was 12. He graduated with a degree in vocal performance from the University of South Florida. After he and his mother moved back to the Pittsburgh area, he began studying for a masters in vocal performance at Carnegie Mellon University. He later switched into their new Music education certificate program. He taught music in Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Neal began work with the SC Synod of the ELCA in December of 2014. Michele left her congregation in New York after Christmas and they moved to West Columbia, arriving at 3 pm on December 31, 2014. The following August, Michele began a yearlong chaplain residency program at Palmetto Health.
Pastor Michele serves here at Good Shepherd 20 hours a week and is also transitional campus pastor at the University of South Carolina.
Congregational Officers: Church Musician:
President: Bonnie Swingle Harriett Taylor
Vice President: Angela Watts
Treasurer: LeeAnn Martin
Secretary: Tavish Watts