Our Pastor

 Pastor Peter & Cynthia Bradford

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Pastor Peter and his wife Cynthia have been serving Lutheran Brethren churches in Minnesota, New York, Colorado and now in New Jersey. They have four adult children Adam (and his wife Kirsten), Rebecca, Sarah, and Leah.
Peter completed his three-year diploma seminary education & ordination and Master’s Degree in Theological Studies (MTS) at the Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He is also a registered nurse (RN, BSN) and board certified as a Hospice & Palliative Nurse (CHPN). Cynthia is the Administrator at Andover Subacute & Rehab Center Services in Andover, NJ. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and also a registered dietician (RD) and has her Master’s Degree in Business.
Rev. Peter Bradford, RN, BSN, CHPN, MTS
Pastor Peter has had extensive nursing, pastoral, and chaplaincy experience in Hospice, Mental Health, Alcohol & Substance Abuse, Death & Dying and Alzheimer’s disease in hospital, nursing home, community, and home settings.
His desire is to bring his many years of experience to Lutheran pastors and congregations who are facing the ever changing and emerging moral and bio-ethical challenges with mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, dying and death, Alzheimer’s and the increasing state legalization of euthanasia and marijuana.
It is pastor Peter’s goal to help churches build “Stretcher Bearer” ministry teams within their own congregations to assist them to reach out with accurate information and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Peter offers a personal and sensitive approach to the topics of Mental Illness and Grief & Loss with his own families experience with depression, bi-polar disorder and the tragic automobile accident that killed their 20 year-old daughter Sarah.
As a parish pastor Peter’s gift mix includes the gift of encouragement, visitation, evangelistic outreach, teaching and preaching, working with children and youth, discipleship training, small group seminars and parish education and support.


The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd welcomes pastor Peter and his wife Cynthia and their family as they begin to serve, fellowship and worship with us at Good Shepherd.