We believe that God has a purpose for our lives and that He has gifted us to serve others. We’d love to help you find an area of service that fits your gifts and purpose. For more information, contact Alice Klement, 210-614-3742 ext. 204.

Jump to: Serve at Shepherd + Serve in the Community + Serve around the World + Request Information

Serve at Shepherd

Administration – Help with the week-to-week office needs.

  • Data Entry
  • Folding bulletins
  • Counting and depositing the Offering

Children’s Ministry – Sunday School teachers, administrators, and chaperones for events.
Contact: Cindy Miller, Director of Children’s Ministry, (210) 614-3742 ext. 216

Community Group Facilitator – Help get a new Community Group off the ground!

His Helping Hands (H3) – This team meets on Tuesday to help with various clean-up, fix-up projects.
Contact: Dave Kottwitz, Property Manager, (210) 614-3742 ext. 213

Hospitality – There are many ways to help make Shepherd a welcoming place. We have many people who serve in the following ways:

  • Audio/Visual
  • Coffee Preparation
  • Decoration Team (Christmas and Easter)
  • Helping Hands – Prepare and serve meals after funerals or memorial services
  • Hosts/Greeters
  • Pew Care
  • Ushers

Music Ministry
Contact: Pastor Craig Meissler, Director of Music Ministry, (210) 614-3742 ext. 221

Prayer Chain
Contact: Rose Barrows, (210) 675-1054

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Ushers play an integral part in our worship experience by welcoming people, handing out bulletins, finding open seats during crowded services, collecting the offering, and guiding people up to the altar during Holy Communion.

Student Ministry – Sunday School leaders, small group mentors
Contact: Nick Arnold, Director of Student Ministry, (210) 614-3742 ext. 215

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School and ChildCare
School Contact: Donna Rupp, Assistant Principal, (210) 614-3741 ext. 208.
Childcare Contact: Tim Eickstead, Childcare Director

‘tis the Season Craft and Food Fair Team – This team organizes and works at the large fall craft fair.

Women’s Ministry – A planning team sets the schedule and makes plans for a monthly event as well as a February retreat.

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Serve in the Community

Shepherd has many ministries that serve people beyond the walls of our church. We invite you to serve the city of San Antonio with us. Our service projects include:

Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) – CAM helps those in crisis situations with food, clothing, financial aid, and prayer.

English as a Second Language (ESL) – Volunteers serve as teachers, conversation partners, and friends to refugees from around the world.
Contact: Terry Hawkins, (210) 385-9953,

The Fisher House – Located less than a mile from SHLC, the Fisher House provides meals and a place to stay for family of wounded warriors. We provide food and occasionally make meals.

International Student Ministry – Every Saturday volunteers take lunch to the San Antonio Station Apartments where many foreign students who are completing advanced degrees at the UT Health Science Center live. Friendships are built as volunteers and students visit over lunch.

If students desire more interaction with Americans, they are assigned to a family from Shepherd that will share life with them for a year.

Kaps4Karing – This group knits or crochets caps and blankets to give to premature as well as abandoned babies and cancer patients. They gladly give lessons.
Contact: Nancy Overland, (210) 485-7189,

Lutheran InterCity Network Coalition (LINC) – A coalition of Lutheran congregations dedicated to cross cultures to reach people in our city.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Ely Prieto, (210) 701-6607

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Students from Shepherd and several other local Lutheran churches team up to serve the community.

Madison House Ministry – This ministry Team provides a lay-led worship service for people residing at the Madison Estates Retirement Community.
Contact: Lamar Gillian, (210) 732-0971

Meals on Wheels – The Shepherd of the Hills route is across Wurzbach Rd. from the church. Meals are picked up from Trinity UMC one block west of SHLC.

Mesa Vista Inn Ministry – A Bible study is held at this retirement community on Thursday mornings.

Summer Serve – A 4-day/3-night service event for middle school students (those going into 6th – 9th grade). Contact: Nick Arnold.

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Serve around the World

Gifts for the King – During the weeks prior to Christmas we are asked to anticipate the amount we intend to spend on gifts and entertaining during the holiday season. We’re encouraged to consider giving 10% of that amount to Gifts for the King. The Elders and Deaconesses determine which mission(s) will receive these “gifts for the King.”

Lutheran World Relief – Offerings that are collected during special services such as Advent and Lent are given to LWF.

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League – LWML is an international organization whose women meet for Bible study and to contribute to missions with financial offerings and service. Jane Solberg President, lsolberg@satx.rr.com

Mission Trip Opportunities

Haiti – Working in close partnership with Faith Lutheran Church in Gonaives, Haiti, this congregation has given money to help build a girls’ home. Short term mission teams go to Gonaives annually to build, repair, lead Vacation Bible School, and conduct vision clinics. God willing, teams will continue to go to Haiti annually to build, repair, teach, and learn from our brothers and sisters in Haiti. One of our members, Herb Nordmeyer, who is an expert in concrete and stucco is making quarterly trips to Gonaives to help develop earthquake resistant homes.

Nepal – Our trip to Nepal came as a result of our work with the Nepali refugee community located near our church. Not only do we offer ESL three nights a week, the Director of Refugee Ministry Terry Hawkins spends countless hours building relationships in the refugee community. Teaming with LifeBridge Lutheran in Houston and working under the umbrella of ServLife we will continue to consider opportunities to go to Nepal. We had the privilege of conducting ServLife’s first dental clinic.

Mexico – Shepherd of the Hills has a long standing relationship with Rev. Gary Martin. Cristo El Salvador, Pastor Martin’s congregation in Del Rio, TX, has an extensive ministry in Acuna, Mexico. Pastor Martin is raising up people in Acuna to develop ministry there. Shepherd of the Hills has had the privilege of serving in Mexico to build homes for people who are using those homes for ministry. We have also provided medical and dental clinics there. As issues of safety are resolved, Shepherd will again be active in sending people to serve in Mexico.

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In an ongoing relationship with an orphanage in Haiti, we send mission team 1-2 times a year.

World Mission Fund – The intent of this fund is to have money available for “divine surprises.” These are occasions when unbudgeted opportunities to serve come our way. This fund was created when SHLC had the opportunity to send mission teams to Haiti and Nepal in the same year. The Nepal trip was not anticipated. The World Mission Fund was created through a One for You; One for Me campaign during which our people were challenged to match dollar for dollar the money being spent on the remodeling of the church lobby. The matched funds were placed in the WMF. In 2013 over $46,000 was distributed through the WMF. It is the intent of the WMF that, when possible, people from the congregation “follow the money” to the mission field, serve there, build relationships, and plan to return on a regular basis.

Request Information about Serving

We’re glad you’re interested in serving with us. Fill out the following form and Alice Klement, our Director of Equipping Ministry, will get back with you as soon as she can. Or, you can contact Alice directly by email or by calling the Church Office, 210-614-3742.

Thanksgiving Worship: November 22, 7 p.m. & November 23, 9 a.m.