Our Staff

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. …More
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Rev. Carolyn Hayford
A native Floridian, Pastor Carolyn Hayford is what some people would call “a second career minister” and is excited to be serving with the family of faith called Shepherd of the Hills.  She is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a Master in Divinity and has completed a year’s internship as a CPE chaplain in a hospital setting assigned to the ICU and Behavior Health and a year’s Pastoral internship at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church in Birmingham.  She received an MBA from University of South Carolina and has a diverse business background that includes sales, manufacturing and customer service; her last position being Director of Business Integration and Services for PRADCO at their corporate headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. …More


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.