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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Julia has made Shepherd of the Hills and Fountain Hills her home since 2000.
After leaving the Corporate world, she came to work for God in 2002 as our Church Administrator and has become an indispensable part of the team.
She has been married for 42 years, has a son and daughter and son-in-law, and two grandchildren.
She loves the outdoors..mountains, beaches and all of God’s creation.
Julia possesses great faith and trust in God to lead her through this life. Her passion is serving and helping others, especially families and children.
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.
Debbie enjoys anything and everything artistic, reading, writing, family and a newfound interest in fly fishing. She participates in a Bible Study twice a month with close friends. Studying their way from Genesis through Revelation Debbie enjoys learning history and how God’s Word applies to her everyday life.
She is humbled to have been selected to work for Shepherd of the Hills and loves serving the Lord in this way.
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