Mission Statement of Shepherd of the Hills
As God’s Children, the Holy Spirit has called us together to glorify God. We will strive to be a congregation where all people will be strengthened by Word and Sacrament for Mission and Ministry. We will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, conveying God’s redeeming love, forgiveness and compassion. In our individual ministries we will pursue excellence and remain open and flexible in meeting the changing needs of the church, the community and the world. Therefore, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to regular worship in this community of faith. We pledge ourselves in supporting the mission of Christ in this community and throughout the world through Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and the worldwide Lutheran family through our offerings of time, talent and treasure – signs of God’s gracious love.
Staff Pastor: Darryl Kiehl, Ph.D.
In 1980 the American LutheranAbout Us Church began exploring the possibility of forming a new congregation in north Shelby County. In October of 1987 the Reverend Jeffery Alvestad was called by the ALC as Pastor/Developer and assigned to survey an area roughly bordered by Interstate 459 and Interstate 65. After making over 4000 door to door visits, the decision was made by the newly formed Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to proceed with the formation of a new Lutheran congregation. In January of 1989 the 5 acre building site was purchased through the generosity of our mission partner Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. On the occasion of the official organization and incorporation of Shepherd of the Hills, Pastor Jeffery Alvestad was called as Founding Pastor and installed on June 10, 1990. In December of 1992 the congregation was approved by the ELCA to begin the building process. Construction of the church facility began in September of 1994 with many hours of labor donated by congregation members and the ELCA Mission Builders, led by Project Manager Paul Kinsey. The congregation began worship in the new church on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1995 with the Service of Dedication held on May 14, 1995.