Our Story

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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 visit 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 online.  

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 Christ! 

Our Mission 

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!

Our Values 

We believe that each and every person is valuable to God and loved by Him. While the world often tries to define how our value is measured, Jesus came to completely change the game. Through His sacrifice, He showed that we were worth His very life. Through Him, we are set free from our sins and given a new hope and a new purpose. And now, God has called each of us to tell others about the good news of Jesus Christ and simply to share our own story of 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 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 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!

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Campuses


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.



Online

Saturday | 6:00 p.m.
Sunday |9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
http://live.shepherdchurch.com 

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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:

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

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 Church. 

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 February 2017.  

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! 

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.