Forest Hill & 43rd Street
Richmond, VA 23225

To Know Christ and to Make Him Known

The Good Shepherd Window

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” — John 10:14


One of the first things people notice upon entering the nave is the Good Shepherd window.

In the early 1900’s, the J. P. Carson family lived at “Dundee,” which was located at the end of what is now Dundee Road. It was just a short carriage ride to their Church, Good Shepherd. The senior Carsons, the Rev. Theodore Carson and his wife, Victoria, were frequent visitors at Dundee. Their son, Joseph Carson, his wife, Catherine, and their three children: Theodore, Catherine, and Joseph, Jr. were the full time residents.

J. P. Carson was a prominent lawyer in town and his wife was an accomplished amateur artist. When, in 1916, they decided to give a stained glass window to the Church, Catherine designed and painted a picture of the Good Shepherd, which was used as the model for the window. The completed and installed window was presented to the Church and congregation on Easter Sunday, 1917. — Catherine Stratford