United Churches began this ministry on April 1, 1988 to provide spiritual and material help to those on the streets, confronting fear, hunger, homelessness, unemployability or other difficulties. Through the Shepherd Ministry the churches of Lycoming County are able to assist people who need hope and peace in the midst of poverty and need. advocate with local agencies, law enforcement and correctional agencies.

The ministry provides for: clinical pastoral counseling bedding and hygiene items medical transportation assistance medical, dental, and visual assistance referrals.


Pastor Mark

Pastor Mark has been the director of the Shepherd of the Street Ministry since September, 2020.  He grew up in Milton PA, attended Messiah College and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church in Central Pennsylvania for thirty years. He is also a veteran of the Army and Air Force Chaplain Corps.


Location: 320 Park Avenue, Williamsport

Hours: 9 a.m. – Noon, Monday – Thursday (COVID Hours)

Mailing Address: PO Box 2184 Williamsport, PA 17703

Phone: (570) 322-6538 Fax – (570) 322-1968


How can you help?

There are opportunities for laity to serve as a receptionist or as an office volunteer.

There are also opportunities for congregations and individuals to provide items for personal hygiene which are listed below.

Donation Items

General items

  • Comb
  • Shampoo
  • Large bars soap
  • Band-aids and bandage supplies
  • Disposable razors
  • Tissues
  • Wash cloths
  • Bath towels
  • Hand lotion
  • Gel shaving cream
  • Sanitary napkins

Baby items

  • Child's toothbrush
  • Diapers in larger sizes
  • Diapers
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby soap
  • Baby powder
  • Adult diapers
  • Toothbrush
  • Tube toothpaste
  • Deodorant

2024 Dates

The office follows the snow closings for Williamsport School District.

If there is a delay, they open at 10:00 a.m.

The office will open for 2024 on January 3rd.
      January 15th
      February 19th
      March 27th through April 3rd
      May 27th
      June 19th
      July 4th
      September 2nd
      October 14th
      November 11th
      November 27th through December 3rd
      December 23rd through January 2nd
The office will open for 2025 on January 6th.