A Place for the People of Fountain Hills to Discover God's Abundant Life

Leadership TeamFaith Statement

God’s Abundant Life is for Everyone, Even When . . .

Life is Rapidly Changing

We are a Bible believing church and stand on the timeless truth of God’s Word.

Where to Place Trust is Baffling

We are Lutheran, and our spirit and trust are firmly rooted in the teachings of Jesus.

Meaning and Purpose Seem Lost

We welcome the Holy Spirit and are passionate about growing ever deeper in our relationship with Jesus.

Finding True Community and Connection is Challenging

We are a congregation seeking the love of God and an authentic experience of Christian community and service.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10

 Statement of Faith

We believe in the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testament
are the inspired word of God
and are the authority for all matters of faith and life.
We believe that salvation is only possible through
a personal relationship of faith in Jesus Christ.
We confess our faith in the words of the Apostle’s Creed.
We celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.
We accept the Lutheran Confessional writings found in The Book of Concord as a true witness to the gospel and as valid interpretation of the faith.

Shepherd of the Hills is affiliated with
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

Our Leadership Team

“I am one extremely blessed man to have the family that God has given me. Kris and I have been married 29 years and have 3 adult sons. She has been my partner in life and ministry.”

Jeff Teeples

Senior Pastor

From 2008 to 2018, Jeff was the Senior Pastor at Hawley Lutheran Church in Hawley, Minnesota, a church of 1,100 baptized members, averaging 300 in weekly attendance. Jeff created a comprehensive system for pastoral care with staff and lay ministers to sensitively minister to those who are grieving or brokenhearted. He began a Mission Partnership with LCMC Nicaragua. He also was involved in community ministry with the local ministerial association, serving as president for two years.

Jeff’s first call after seminary was to return to his childhood church of Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish, Montana, and he served there from 1997 to 2007. As the Associate Pastor, Jeff developed a comprehensive Small Groups Ministry and led an intentional time of 40 Days of Purpose, which increased small group participation from six to 20 groups. Jeff supervised each of the church’s programmatic ministries: Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Adult Discipleship and the Confirmation Ministry. He also led the worship band.

Matthew Frable

Minister of Music

Matthew has more than three decades experience in directing choral and instrumental ensembles in community, school, and church settings. He has bachelor’s degrees in music therapy and music education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a master’s degree in sacred music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Prior to joining Shepherd of the Hills, Matthew taught music and drama full time at Seton Catholic School in Chandler, Arizona and chaired the school’s Fine Arts department.

In addition to directing vocal choirs, Matthew’s performing arts experiences include piano and organ recitals, directing handbell choirs, writing and teaching music and drama classes, and directing theatrical productions.

When not teaching, directing, or creating music, Matthew can often be found running as he trains for various races and marathons.

Debbie Vinopal

Church Administrator

Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Debbie and her husband Tom exchanged winter gloves for oven mitts and moved to Fountain Hills in 2007. Together they have three children and their spouses, two grandchildren, two golden retrievers, four grand dogs, one grand cat and one grand fish.

Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada – Reno. She earned further certification from the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and worked as a designer in the Kitchen and Bath remodeling industry for 28 years.

She is humbled to have been selected to work for Shepherd of the Hills and loves serving the Lord in this way.

Congregation Council

Erich Korsten

Erich Korsten


Caroline Meyer

Caroline Meyer

Vice President

Daryl Stemm

Daryl Stemm


Donna Hawkinson

Donna Hawkinson

Recording Secretary

Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson

Council Member at Large: Worship, Education, LIFT, Care/Member, Fellowship

Mike Peterson

Mike Peterson

Council Member at Large: Missions, Clowns, Cursillo, Friends Feed Friends, Health & Wellness

Dan Beck

Dan Beck

Council Member at Large: Poperty

Jeff Teeples

Jeff Teeples

Senior Pastor

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Shepherd of the Hills is affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.