WELCOME TO SHEPHERD CHURCH!
We’re so glad you’ve taken the first step to get to know us a little better! We hope that you will come and see us so
that we can get to know you, too. We are one church on multiple campuses in the Greater Los Angeles area as well as
Did you know that Shepherd has been called “the most racially diverse church in L.A.”? It has always been our
pastor’s heart that the church would reflect Revelation 7:9, which says that in Heaven, there will be “a great
multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages…” That’s why at
Shepherd, we aim to love and God and love all people — as Jesus did so well (Matthew 22:36-40).
We invite you to come and experience our dynamic and Spirit-filled worship services, enriching children’s and youth
programs, and practical Biblical teaching that will help you face the joys and challenges of life. We also welcome
you to partner with us as we serve our community and the world through various local and global missions projects
each year. Join us as we lift up Jesus, carry His message of love and hope to the world, and grow in
To lift up Christ that the world might believe!
In everything we do at Shepherd, we seek to lift up Jesus that the world might believe (John 3:14-15 and John 12:32).
We want to come alongside you in your journey with God, so that as you are saved in Christ and become
strong in Christ, you can serve Christ and share Him with others!
We believe that every person is valuable to God and loved by Him. We believe that unity and diversity are essential components of God’s plan for the church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ which unites us as one.
While the world often tries to define how our value is measured, Jesus came to show that every life has worth because of His sacrifice on the cross. Through Him, we are now set free from our sins, given hope and a new purpose. And now, God has called each of us to tell others about the good news of Jesus Christ and to share our own story of reconciliation and transformation.
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 our 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
- 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.
Shepherd offers multiple service times at our three locations and online. Choose a time and location most convenient
for you and your family. We look forward to seeing you!
Please take a look at our 2019 Annual Report. You will be able to see how we blessed the city of LA through many church-wide initiatives and how we were faithful stewards with the tithes & offerings we received.
and Deaf 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 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.
It may surprise you to learn that Shepherd’s history goes back more than a century, when 100 dedicated believers
began meeting in an old railroad car to worship God in the year 1912. Located in Van Nuys, California, the
congregation became known as First Baptist Church of Van Nuys, and Dr. Jess Moody became its senior pastor in 1976.
As the church grew, it moved to an 11-acre property in Porter Ranch and changed its name to Shepherd of the Hills
Meanwhile in 1987, Dudley Rutherford, a young pastor from the Midwest, moved to Southern California to become the
senior pastor of Hillcrest Christian Church in Granada Hills. Over the next eight years, church attendance at
Hillcrest Church tripled, and the congregation began looking for a larger location. In October of 1995, Hillcrest
merged with Shepherd of the Hills with a combined membership of 1,600 people, becoming known officially as Shepherd
of the Hills Church. Dr. Moody retired and Pastor Dudley took his place as the senior pastor.
By 2000, Shepherd’s attendance had more than doubled and planted its first church, called Real Life Church, with
Kyle Idleman in Santa Clarita, California. Three years later, Shepherd planted Discovery Church in Simi Valley,
California with Todd Clark. In 2005, Shepherd opened the Family Life Center at its Porter Ranch location to
facilitate additional office space, a youth room, and a full-court basketball gymnasium. Shepherd Sports launched
the following year, which ministers to more than 3,000 adults and children through sports programs each year.
By 2008, Shepherd had established four satellite locations in the Greater Los Angeles Area. With weekly attendance
approaching 10,000 people each weekend, it became clear that it was time to expand. (Around this time, “of the
hills” was dropped from Shepherd’s name for easier readability and pronunciation.) After raising funds for seven
years through the Miracle in the Making campaign, Shepherd was able to open its new 3,500-seat worship facility in
Today, through the Lift Up Jesus television and radio, Pastor Dudley’s messages at Shepherd Church are broadcast on
KDOC-TV, reaching 8.2 million viewers in Los Angeles. It is also broadcast to 500,000 viewers on KNBC in Palm Desert
and Palm Springs, CA. Nationwide, Lift Up Jesus can be seen on Direct TV, channel 363 (GEB America Network) with a
potential reach of 18 million viewers. Lift Up Jesus in Chicago (WJYS) also reaches 11 million people in Illinois,
Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Via radio, Pastor Dudley’s sermons reach 8.2 million listeners on KKLA Los
Angeles—as well as 29 million listeners in the United States and Canada on Sirius-XM Radio (Family Talk 131). His
sermons are broadcast to 92 million listeners on DYVS radio in the Philippines. Visitors from more than 75 countries
tune into to watch Shepherd Church online or archived messages via LiftUpJesus.com each week.
At Shepherd, we look back on our rich history spanning over 100 years and see God’s gracious hand blessing and
directing our church every step of the way. He has been so good to us in every season, and we know that the best is
yet to come!
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 church that 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.