At Shepherd King worship is joyful and contemplative. The Lutheran liturgy guides our worship, uniting us with prayers of confession and prayers of request, with the hymns and canticles we sing, scripture readings we hear, the sermon from the pastor, the meal of Holy Communion, and a blessing to send us on our way. Everyone participates in worship, children and adults, as we give our praise to God and receive from God the Word of hope, truth and life. We are fed by God’s promises, by Jesus’ presence in our community, and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Shepherd King celebrates Holy Communion every Sunday. Second Sundays of the month feature a brief hymn sing, giving members a chance to choose their favorites from the hymnal. You are invited to worship at Shepherd King where all baptized Christians are welcome at the table of the Lord.
“We are people of God: claimed, gathered, and sent.” This is Shepherd King’s mission statement.
At baptism we are claimed by God’s love and joined to the Body of Jesus Christ, the Church. The Holy Spirit gathers us as a community of believers, bringing us together to worship, to learn, and to serve. Then we are sent back into the world to share the good news of Jesus, in our living and our speaking, with people everywhere.
Kris Franke Hill is pastor of Shepherd King. She grew up in Austin, Texas, the youngest daughter of a Lutheran pastor. A graduate of Texas Lutheran University, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (MDiv), and The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, she has been in ordained ministry for nearly 30 years. Pastor Kris has served congregations in Houston, Texas, and Conover, North Carolina, before making her home in San Antonio. Her husband is Don.
Courtney Classen is our church secretary. She can be found in the office every Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 4:30. The office is closed on Fridays. Courtney keeps things running smoothly at Shepherd King, producing our Sunday bulletins, putting together The Staff which is our monthly newsletter, filing, keeping records, answering the phone and fielding questions of all kinds. A member of Shepherd King, Courtney is married to Curtis.
Kathy Gerloff serves as financial administrator. She keeps the books in order, pays the bills, and orders materials for the offices. Having worked at Shepherd King for over twenty years, she is a wellspring of information. Kathy and her husband, Melvin, are also members of the congregation. Melvin volunteers many hours at Shepherd King, keeping up with property issues and making various repairs.
Barbara Alvarado is the organist and choir director at Shepherd King. She accompanies worship on Sunday morning, providing life and energy through her organ and piano music. Barbara directs Shepherd King’s adult choir, hand bell choir, teaches music to the children, and recruits instrumentalists on special occasions. She has led several musical productions at the congregation, including the story of “The Three Trees,” and the operetta “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. Barbara is married to Roy.
Ramon Navarro is our custodian. He has been a faithful servant of Shepherd King for over 30 years. Ramon keeps our facilities clean and beautiful. One can often spot him outside sweeping up acorns underneath our huge live oak trees. Because of his diligence our buildings and grounds are always neat and welcoming.