Greetings and Welcome! Good Shepherd Lutheran is a church which believes that God has revealed His love to us through His Son Jesus Christ. We would welcome the opportunity to tell you more about this good news and to have you share in our fellowship. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. We look forward to serving you, our neighbor, and, together, our Lord Jesus Christ!
Rev. William R. Kilps was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in the suburb of Hales Corners. He began his education at Hales Corners Lutheran School and spent his high school years at Martin Luther High School in Greendale, Wisconsin.
He enrolled at Concordia College in Milwaukee and graduated with a B.A. of Arts degree from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Illinois in 1978. In February of the following year, Pastor Kilps entered Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
He was awarded the Masters of Divinity degree in November, 1982. He received his first Call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Marengo, Wisconsin, and was ordained into the Holy Ministry. Six months later, Rev. Kilps was also installed as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Glidden, Wisconsin, after the two congregations entered into a dual parish relationship.
Pastor Kilps continued to serve both congregations until 1986, when he accepted a Call to Zion Lutheran Church in East Moline, Illinois. During his ministry there, Rev. Kilps also functioned in other capacities as Circuit Counselor, Second Vice President of the Central Illinois District, as a Synodical and District Reconciler, and on the Synod President's panel for dialogue with RIM.
Rev. Kilps remained in East Moline until 1999, when he accepted a Call to his present congregation, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Pastor Kilps currently serves as Circuit Visitor for the Manitowoc Circuit.
Rev. Kilps married Lori Louise Gottschalk in 1978. Mrs. Kilps is also a graduate of Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL. She is a rostered teacher of the LC-MS, and recently retired from her position as the Director/Teacher of Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool.
Rev. Kilps also serves as an occasional adjunct instructor at Concordia University - Wisconsin. The Lord has blessed the Kilps' with two sons, Nathan and Billy, a daughter in law Becky, and grandson Wynn.