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A Non-Profit Disaster Response Ministry

21 Year's of helping others in crisis

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Pastor Ed Brashier

Shepherd’s Heart Ministry is a disaster response agency whose mission is “Sharing the love of Jesus Christ after natural disasters by offering free tree and debris removal.” The short answer of “Who are we?” is that we are a Lutheran Chainsaw Team. 

For the past 21 years, the Director of Shepherd’s Heart, Pastor Ed Brashier (pronounced BrA-zure), has been serving as a pastor in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Most recently he served as Associate Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gardendale, Alabama. 

Like many other disaster response agencies, Hurricane Katrina was the catalyst for our beginning. Seeing the catastrophic impact on thousands of people, his home congregation wondered, “What can we do?”

Remembering the words of Scripture in James 2: 15,16, 

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” 

In January of 2006, the members voted to send Pastor Ed as a deployed missionary to the Gulf Coast.



What does the future hold for Shepherd’s Heart Ministry?

As a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the vision is to build and operate a Disaster Response Training Center.

This would involve the following:

  1.  Purchase property in North Alabama and create a multifaceted campus to serve as a training center for disaster response.

  2.  Offer week-long instruction in the following areas: 

  • Basic Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training, 
  • Basic Chainsaw Safety & Operation, 
  • Advanced Chainsaw operation & rigging,
  • Skid-Steer Operation, 
  • Compact Loader Operation,
  • Advanced Tree Felling Techniques, 
  • Aerial Lift Operation. 

3.    Provide the facilities to host retreats, conferences, and evangelism training opportunities.

4.    Develop and maintain a warehouse for the collection and distribution of materials needed by LERT teams for disaster response.