The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Shepherd gathers talented flock

Lutheran writers drawn to creative community

Paul Shepherd is like the servant in Jesus’ parable who was given five talents and doubled them for his master (Matthew 25:14-30). But Shepherd’s talents aren’t monetary — they’re spiritual gifts he has multiplied through wisdom, generosity and hard work.

creative communityShepherd is a writer. He’s a poet, an award-winning novelist, a former writer-in-residence and teacher at Florida State University, Tallahassee—and the founder and director of the Lutheran Writers Project .

Though he was probably born a writer, he wasn’t born a Lutheran. “I was raised a Baptist. I married into this church and into grace,’’ said Shepherd, a resident of Charlottesville, Va., where he attends St. Mark Lutheran Church.

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