About Shepherds College / History

It was 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when parents of a son with intellectual disabilities approached their Sunday school class at Garfield Baptist (Spring Creek Church) and asked a probing question. "Could our class actually do something to help children with intellectual disabilities?" Answering that question would lead to the establishment of a ministry that would go on to have a profound impact on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

In 1964, Shepherds Home and School opened its doors, welcoming 36 children. At that time, little was being done in public education to address the needs of this special population. Shepherds Home and School provided an essential service to these children and their families.

In 2008, Shepherds Ministries returned to its educational roots with the establishment of Shepherds College, a three-year, post-secondary school for individuals with intellectual disabilities. And that's when it all began.