Hello! I’m the pastor here. My name is Darren Knoll and I have been serving at Shepherd of the Hills since August of 2011. I know a lot of pastors say this about their congregation, but I really, truly feel that Shepherd of the Hills has a lot to offer you, no matter how old or young you are, whether you are single or married, or if you have tons of children or none. Why do I say that? Because the good news of what Jesus has done isn’t meant for different groups or ages. It is meant for everyone. And if you didn’t realize it, everyone includes you.
Usually in these things pastors go on about growing up here, going to school there, and such so people don’t think he is “an outsider” or that he became a preacher after a 45 minute online course. So, I am originally from Appleton and went to a brick and mortar college and seminary. I served for nine years in Columbus, Ohio before returning to Wisconsin. I have an awesome wife (Lori), and two great kids – Cooper and Avery. Chances are the stuff we like to do is the same stuff you and your family like to do.
Now back to the really important stuff. The greatest joy that I have as a pastor and that we have as a congregation is introducing people to Christ and helping them grow in that relationship. Many people these days are filled with fear and uncertainty for a number of different reasons – money, health, world affairs, jobs, etc. But what causes more fear and uncertainty is guilt. “Am I ‘good enough?’ What if I am not as great as I think? What happens when I die? Am I ready for that?” There are so many more questions, but the answer to guilt and all that comes with it is Jesus. His love means our guilt is gone, and his love means we are assured of our relationship with him, now and forever.
I hope and pray that is the message that comes across every time we do anything around here, be it worship, Bible class, youth group, and so on. Why? Because that is THE message of the Bible. And it is a message that gives us strength and peace as we walk through the sometimes dark valleys of this life.
If you are looking for a church home, if you have some questions, or if you just want to stop by, please accept our invitation to swing on in. We have had a lot of new members over the past few years who remember what it was like walking into a new church, so hopefully they will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
Finally, I want you to know that I will always, gladly find the time to assist God’s people in whatever way possible. If you see cars in the parking lot, feel free to come inside, give me a call or shoot an email anytime. I am looking forward to meeting you.