I’m so glad that you are taking the time to check out Shepherd of the Hills. We would love for you to join us in worship!
I have been a pastor here since November 2014 and have enjoyed being a part of this congregation. Though I grew up in Illinois (go Cubs!) and went to school in Minnesota, my wife and I arrived at Shepherd of the Hills after living in South Africa helping to start a congregation in a rural area North of Johannesburg. Upon arrival we were met with incredible hospitality and found a congregation hungry to know God and learn more about His word.
Soon after I got here our congregation adopted a new mission statement: We are called to build a community that lives by and for the Gospel.
This means that we believe that God has called each of us as individuals to come together into a particular congregation to join in Christian love, fellowship, and service. Together we strive to allow the Gospel transform our hearts and lives. If you did not catch the irony of that last statement go back and read it again. Striving is a word used to describe active, struggling pursuit of something, but the Gospel is the Good News that Jesus is pursuing US!
It is God’s forgiveness and love that transforms us into the individuals and the community that He wants us to be. Our striving and work is allowing God to work in us.
I am excited to see what God has in store for Shepherd of the Hills as we look to the future being built up in His grace, love and truth as a community firmly rooted in the Good News that Jesus is our salvation, peace and liberation.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14
Pastor Matt Shields
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church believes that the church is the living body of Christ on earth: The Church is God’s family, called by the Holy Spirit, united under the leadership of Jesus, living in fellowship with Him, and doing His work in the world. We invite you to learn more about our Church by browsing through our website, if you have any questions please contact us via email at email@example.com or 262-628-2633.
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