Meet our Staff and Pastors at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Vicar Wes Keene comes to the ministry as a lifelong LCMS Lutheran. Raised in St. Louis, it’s
easy to get spoiled. You can’t throw a rock without hitting an LCMS church! Having looked up to
pastors as a child, he often considered working in the ministry, but never considered himself
worthy of the vocation.
Wes always enjoyed technical work. He started off doing radio work professionally but quickly
moved on to computer programming, where he has enjoyed a more than 20-year career writing
code, testing, and debugging software. This career brought him and his wife Teri to numerous
cities across the nation. In 2014, when he had a chance to pick any place to live, he chose
Chattanooga for its wonderful climate, beautiful hills, and fast internet.
In 2018, he began to hear the call of the Lord into ministry more loudly. He was first asked to
join the Lay Ministry Board at Good Shepherd and later began to consider once again whether
the office of public ministry might be right for him. In 2019, those plans were set into motion, and
he was admitted to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2020. He serves
as a vicar in the church he calls family, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Director of Christian Education
Traditional Music Director
Sheila Pruehs has been playing the organ for churches since she was 14 years old. Over the years, she has played for Episcopalian and Methodist congregations and now has the joy of working at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Sheila is from the Northwest originally, where she grew up in Coeur d’Alene, ID. After graduating from High School, she attended Walla Walla College as a Piano Performance major. This is where she met her husband, Ritchie, and they have been married for 42 years. Her husband became a minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and pastored in Idaho, Washington, and Texas for a combination of 30 years. In 2009 they moved to Southern California, where they both went back to school. Ritchie finished a second graduate degree, this time in Marriage and Family Therapy. Sheila finished her college degree in 2012 at California State University San Bernardino with a major in Psychology and a minor in Music. She has been teaching piano and Kindermusik for over 30 years. Ritchie is a psycho-therapist at Roots Counseling Center in Chattanooga.
Ritchie is a vocalist and violinist, and they share a common interest in music. Their two children, Shastin Rains and Brooks Pruehs are also very musical and lead contemporary worship at their church. Sheila and Ritchie have four grandchildren.
Contemporary Music Leader