The Rev. Michael and Tina Wurschmidt, Founding Pastors of Shepherd's Heart

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The Rev. Michael and Tina Wurschmidt, Founding Pastors of Shepherd's Heart
Church Info
Home Church Address
Shepherd's Heart Fellowship and Ministry
13 Pride Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Shepherd's Heart Fellowship and Ministry
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Mike is the Rector & Tina is the Music Worship Pastor
Organization Address
13 Pride Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Battered Women
Community Development
Education
Homelessness
Housing Reform
Human Trafficking
Hunger/Food Justice
Medical
Post Incarceration Care
Special Needs population
Substance Abuse/Addiction
Other
Other
Transitional housing program for homeless military Veterans.
Organization Email
shepheart@verizon.net
Description of Organization
We are an Anglican congregation in the inner city of Pittsburgh, PA that serves the poor and homeless including homeless veterans. Founded in 1993 by the Rev. Mike and Tina Wurschmidt, worship and prayer is the foundation from which Shepherd’s Heart provides the following ministries: * Shepherd’s Heart Veterans’ Home, which provides transitional housing for veterans who are homeless. * Drop-In Center, where adults who are hungry, homeless, poor and/or addicted come. Each day more than 50 to 100 persons attend Morning Prayer and are given the opportunity to take showers, wash their clothes and be connected to a caring community. * Shuttle Van Service with our 14-passenger van, which offers free transportation to homeless adults three times a day, Monday through Friday. * Food Pantry, which offers non-perishable foods for families and individuals. * Resource Center, which provides blankets, coats, shoes, underwear, other clothing and toiletries for families and individuals. * Severe Weather Shelter, providing emergency shelter to the homeless once the temperature is 25 degrees or colder during the winter months. * Worship Center, where 150-225 people come each Sunday, supported by volunteers from one or more of the 100 collaborative churches who help provide and serve the meal which follows the church service.
Organization Years In Operation
23
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, college internship(s).
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
* Worshipping the Lord is our highest priority. * Community Partnerships - Over 100 Churches of many denominations and another 50 plus community organizations partner with Shepherd's Heart. * Volunteerism - More than 1500 volunteers serve at Shepherd's Heart during the course of a year. * Transitional Housing for Homeless Veterans - Since 2007, Shepherd's Heart houses homeless veterans. Working closely with the VA Pittsburgh, Shepherd's Heart Veteran's Home has a success rate of 90% * Church Planting - Planted in 1993 and have planted 2 inner city daughter churches in Pittsburgh. * National Consulting on homelessness - Rev. Mike served several years as a national consultant to World Vision training churches in the U.S. to adopt homeless families with children. * Community Development and Grant Writing * Mentoring * Kingdom Ministry: Committed to worshipping the Lord, loving the poor and the lost, and committed to going to the nations with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
29.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Mike and Tina were trained in John Wimber's model of church planting. Mike spent several years as a national consultant to World Vision training churches to adopt homeless families with kids. Additionally, Mike is a federal chaplain with the Veterans Administration and has taken 4 units of CPE. Mike has a MDIV and Tina has a MAR degree both from Trinity School for Ministry.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
We are beginning to prepare a succession plan to find the next generation of leaders for Shepherd's Heart.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Watching so many of the poor and the homeless greatly suffer, including combat veterans.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Worshipping the Lord, loving my wife, my kids, and my granddaughter, and loving the poor. Also, seeing so many of the Lord's poor come to faith in Jesus. Everything we do is to bring the Lord's precious one's into a personal relationship with Jesus.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Worshipping the Lord everyday, spending time with my wife, my kids, and my granddaughter.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
We are a Kingdom ministry in the heart of Pittsburgh that loves to worship the Lord. We love to give away everything God has given us in order to take the Gospel to Pittsburgh, North America, and the ends of the earth. Everything we do is through prayer and worship.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
Worship the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbors which includes the poor, the homeless, and marginalized. Never be afraid to give away your best always for the Lord's Glory.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
The Bible "Chasing the Dragon" by Jackie Pullinger "Theirs is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America" by Robert Lupton
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
"The Soloist"
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
Through worship and intimacy with Jesus, we find out how much the Lord loves "His poor." Hurting people are all around us. Never be afraid to touch the lives of someone the Lord puts on your heart.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
A deep partnership to develop among ACNA churches and organizations committed to justice and mercy.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
Mike and Tina Wurschmidt became homeless almost 30 years ago after losing their business. During this time of brokenness, the Lord broke their heart for the poor and the homeless. Shepherd's Heart was birthed out the Lord's faithfulness in giving them another start.