Meet the SOTH Leadership Team

Rev. Darryl Kiehl, PhD
Born in Ohio, I received my BA in History and East Asian Studies at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, and Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Ordained in 1979, I received a call to start a new congregation in Marietta, Georgia. This included door-to-door evangelism and construction of a church building. I received my Masters Degree in Community Counseling and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. Over the years I have served as Pastor for Evangelism at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, Georgia; Psychotherapist (Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia); board member of several social service agencies, and am currently on the board of Reconciling Works/Lutherans for Full Participation. In the ELCA and its predecessor body I worked for the Division for Mission in North America, served on Synod Council and the Conflict Resolution team, and volunteered for disaster relief. I have been serving as the pastor of Shepherd of the Hills since 1998. While at Shepherd of the Hills I’ve had the joy of supervising six interns from Gettysburg Seminary.

Spiritually, my upbringing was nominally Methodist, though we weren’t active church-goers. I shared in the often common college age exploration of agnosticism and atheism, then became active in Zen Buddhist meditation. My readings in Buddhism gave me a new, more hopeful perspective on Jesus and Christianity. Subsequently I came to recognize Jesus as the one who reconciles me to God, and the church as the living Body of Christ in the world. This experience of radical grace came through the Lutheran Church, and through many encounters with pastors, family and friends who live an active Christian lives. My goal is to see Shepherd of the Hills continue as an oasis of learning, peace, grace, and service. It is important to me that our church brings into loving community those who don’t think there is a place for them in Christianity. The verse of scripture I quote most often is John 3:17, “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

I have a daughter, son-in-law, and three granddaughters. I am currently struggling to learn basic Spanish, and my hobbies include boats, old cars, running, science fiction and home repair. If you have more questions about me, feel free to come ask them in person!

Marcia Giordano
Youth & Family Director
Marcia graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation and Management. A member of Shades Valley for 17 years, she has been active with the youth for over 12 years and became director in 1999. Growing up in the Lutheran church has given her an extensive commitment to youth and a purpose for furthering Christ’s commission in the world. Marcia and her husband have three children.
Ann Jones
Music Director
Ann Jones is the organist and Shepherd’s Bells Director at SOTH.  She earned her BME from Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY with a major in piano.  Her experience includes many years of teaching piano and accompanying instrumentalists and vocalists from the elementary to the professional level.  She has accompanied the choir at SOTH since 1992 and has been organist since 2006.  After playing in a bell choir for 20 years, she became the Shepherd’s Bells director in 2014.
Corey Griffin
Choir Director
 Corey Brian Griffin is a Tenor from Pinson, AL. Corey started music young in the All-State choir through Pinson Elementary. At Rudd Middle School, he turned his attention to the instrumental side of music by picking up the trumpet. Corey played as a soloist for the Pinson Valley Marching Chiefs through high school, participating in numerous state contests and honor band competitions. In his senior year, Corey played his first major role in Pinson Valley High School’s production of Godspell as the lead, rekindling his love for singing. During his first year at Jefferson State Community College, he marched with the UAB Marching Blazers. As a sophomore, Corey auditioned for Jessica Kaufhold’s Jeff State Singers and received a full tuition scholarship that he held for two semesters. The time Corey spent with the Jeff State Singers and eventually Dr. Brian Kittredge’s UAB Concert Choir lead him to pursue a major in Voice. After beginning under the excellent instruction of world renowned Bass Dr. Won Cho, Corey sang in the opera The Merry Widow and accomplished much in undergraduate work. In 2014, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Music and subsequently sang with Opera Brimingham’s Chorus for their 2015 productions of Hamlet and La Bohème. Corey is currently working towards a Masters in Music Education at UAB.