Our Story



We are one church made up of a diverse group of individuals from all backgrounds, nationalities, and racial groups that love God and love people.

We invite you to experience a wonderful time of heartfelt worship, contemporary music, and practical Biblical teaching that will help you face the joys and challenges of life and grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Mission 

To lift up Christ that the world might believe! John 3:14-15, John 12:32

Our Strategy 

We believe that God has called each of us to tell others about the good news of Jesus Christ and simply share our own story.

As we love and serve others, we are better able to reach one person for Christ. Through one person, we can reach a family. By reaching a family, we can reach a city. And by reaching a city, we can reach a nation. By reaching our nation, we can then impact the world.

What We Believe 

  • We are an independent, non-denominational church that believes the Bible to be the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • Jesus Christ was virgin-born, sinless, died on the cross for sins, was raised from the dead on the third day and is coming again (Matthew1:18, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, John 14:3).
  • Salvation is a gift, bestowed by God's grace and received by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). A believer's salvation is secured by Christ alone (1 John 4:9-10).
  • Immersion in water of a professed believer is the Bible baptism (Acts 8:36-39) and such baptism is symbolic of Christ's death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:1-4).
  • The church is the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:23-33), and the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). The local church is locally governed by godly men known as elders or bishops (Titus 1:5). The purpose of the church on earth is to fulfill the last command of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20).
  • Christians are endowed with spiritual gifts which enable them to minister in the church (Romans 12:4-8). The Holy Spirit, whom every believer receives at conversion (Ephesians 1:13-14), leads and guides us.

Weekend Services

Shepherd offers nine services offered at our three locations and online. Choose a time and location most convenient for you and your family. We look forward to seeing you!

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Agua Dulce

Sunday | 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Porter Ranch

Saturday | 6:00 p.m.
Sunday | 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

West Valley

Sunday | 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 a.m.


Saturday | 6:00 p.m.
Sunday |9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

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Spanish and Deaf Translation

Spanish Translation:

Spanish translation of the sermon is available at all services at our Porter Ranch location. Pick up a headset from the Information Center in the Lobby, prior to each service.


Traducción del sermón está disponible en vivo los tres servicios en la ubicacion de Porter Ranch. Por favor recoja los audífonos en el centro de información antes del servicio.

Deaf Translation:

Deaf Translation of the sermon is available at our Sunday, 11:00 a.m. service at Porter Ranch. Special reserved seating is available in the front rows located on the north side of our main sanctuary.

Our History

In 1912, 100 dedicated believers began meeting in an old railroad car to worship God. The congregation grew and became known as the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys, California and Dr. Jess Moody became the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in 1976.

 In 1987, Dudley Rutherford became the senior pastor of Hillcrest Christian Church located in a neighboring community. Over the next eight years, church attendance at Hillcrest Church tripled, and the congregation began looking for a larger location. In October of 1995, Shepherd and Hillcrest Church officially merged with a combined membership of 1,600 people and changed its official name to Shepherd of the Hills Church.

Dr. Moody retired and Pastor Dudley took his place as the senior pastor. As the years passed the congregation continued to grow. In 2000, the congregation had more than doubled, and in 2005, Shepherd built and opened the Family Life Center housing additional office space, a youth room and a full basketball court gymnasium. Within this time frame, Pastor Dudley began to share his ideas for offering new venues and multiple locations.

By 2008, Shepherd had successfully produced four satellite locations, a Spanish-speaking service and three self-sufficient churches all within the Los Angeles County. When attendance reached over 8,000 people in 2009, by the following year, Shepherd embarked upon the Miracle in the Making campaign to raise the funds for a new building.

In 2012, the Spanish-speaking service and a satellite location became independent churches, while the Miracle in the Making campaign has raised more than half the funds needed for the coming building. Decades of history continues to prove to Shepherd that God is good all the time, and the best is yet to come.

Our Logo

The Shepherd Church logo has many graphic design elements.  The "S", Superman's logo, stands for the name of our church, but also represents THE Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our logo is made up of four main colors, which depicts our church as a churchthat recognizes and celebrates diversity. You will see the color red, which represents Christ's blood that washes our sins away. The color Blue, represents Baptism by immersion in Jesus name. The color green stands for our growth as a church and the process of being discipled. The color yellow represents heaven. You will also notice a pathway, that represents a small narrow road that leads to heaven. 

Lastly, the logo has a look that reminds us of an old stained glass church window. This speaks to our church heritage and the fact that Shepherd has had an influence in our community for over 100 years.  May this logo continue to represent all that God is doing here at Shepherd Church.