Welcome to the United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd


We pray this is a place where you can “learn to follow Jesus.”. Our caring, accepting, and diverse congregation invites you to come and worship with us. We would love to meet you!

Our mission statement above is a simple one. As disciples of Jesus Christ, our journey with Him is a lifelong quest. We invite you to join us as we further our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and grow in our discipleship through prayer, bible study, worship attendance, witness, tithing and service.

People of God, learning to follow Jesus, inviting others to Join the Journey.

Church of the Good Shepherd’s development began in 1982 when a young pastor, Rev. Chuck Nordean, was sent by the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to start the work of planting a new church in the south Yukon, Ok. area.  A small piece of land had been purchased by a district church board for the future location of the church buildings at 10928 S.W. 15th.  S.W. 15th was a gravel road at that point.  A new housing addition, Westbury, had started just east of the property.

Pastor Nordean gathered together a group of Christians interested in beginning a new church.  On the last Sunday of February in 1983 Good Shepherd’s first worship service was held in a double-wide trailer on the property on S.W. 15th.  Since 1983, our buildings and properties have grown and our area has changed, but our mission has not.

Good Shepherd’s mission is summed up in the phrase: “People of God, learning to follow Jesus, inviting others to join the journey.”  In their journey of faith in Jesus Christ, the people of Good Shepherd have worshipped our Lord, baptized new Christians into the faith, built ministries to bring help and mercy to persons in our local communities, trained disciples of Jesus, assisted parents in bring up children and youth in the Christian faith, and sent support and mission teams to those in need literally all over the earth.

We invite you to join the journey!

About The Pastor – Rev. Michael Burkett, PhD

Michael married his wife, Cathy, in April 1989. They have one son, Matthew, who will be married to Belem Garcia in April 2019. Michael grew up as the son of small business owners in Wellston, Ok.
He attended Oklahoma State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in humanities/religious studies. He worked at a blue-collar job to finance his way through OSU. He receive a call from our Lord into the ministry in February 1977. After graduating from OSU, he attend Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (S.M.U.) in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from seminary with a Master of Theology with honors. Michael received his Ph.D. in historical theology from S.M.U. in 2002. He has taught courses in the history of Christianity and United Methodist history for Perkins, Phillips, and St. Paul seminaries and for the local pastor’s study school for the South Central U.S. jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.
Michael was ordained as an Elder in the Oklahoman Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has pastored six churches in varying locations from rural to inner city to county seat to suburban. As director of Hispanic Ministries for the Oklahoma Annual Conference, he started or assisted in the starting of several churches. He also chaired the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Oklahoma Annual Conference for four years. That Board helps guide persons into Christian ministry.

Our History