Who we are


We are church that is as open in their worship style as they are in the members of their congregation.  All are welcome and all of us add to the beautiful quilt that is Shepherd of the Hills Church. 

We are one of seven churches in the U.S. that have been formed as joint congregations of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Disciples of Christ (DOC) denominations.

We are small, but growing and we invite you to use the button below to find out more about us.          

what we do


We believe in living and loving with compassion - in giving outside of our church body as well as sharing and supporting one another.

We participate in many programs designed to help the communities both near and far to the best of our


Find out more about what we do to share and support people in need bothin and outside of the congregation

what we believe


We believe that our understanding, belief, and acceptance of God is a matter of our experience, individual interpretation and personal choice. We are willing to disagree with one another without giving up our love and compassion for each other.

We believe that being a Christian is defined by living according to Christian values, which, above all alse, teach love and respect and compassion for one another.

We believe that the Bible presents Christian history, myths, and poetry that help us to define Christian values.


Unique, Loving, OPen

Agreed to Differ... 

Resolved to Love...

United to Serve...

   You're Invited!

  • We, the community of people that comprise Shepherd of the Hills Church, would like to invite you to come share with us.
  • Whether you're young or old, tall or short, thin or pleasingly plump, blond, brunette, or redheaded - or no hair at all - you're invited.
  • Whether you're blue, purple, green, black, brown, white, red, yellow, or orange you're invited.
  • Whether you're gay, straight, bisexual, transgendered or any combination of the previous, you're invited.
  • Whether you are conservative, liberal, progressive, traditional, Republican, Democrat, Green or Tea Party, you're invited.
  • Regardless of your religious affiliation or lack thereof, you're invited.
  • Regardless of your ethnic identity, your financial status or the level of your physical and mental capabilities, you are invited.
  • By now you probably get the picture. We are an open, affirming, inclusive and welcoming church, and we would love to have you with us!


Shepherd of the Hills

One Service Every Sunday

Starts at 9:30 am and ends at 10:45 am

30111 Niguel Road

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Phone: 949-495-1310


Spanish Speaking Service

Starts at 11:00 am

30111 Niguel Road

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Phone: 949-495-1310

website update project

We're currently in the process of updating and improving our website. We welcome any input, feedback, suggestions, etc. Also, we're looking for pictures, event information, meeting information, items of interest, and blog postings. Yes, we have a blog! Follow the button to the blog and consider adding something to the discussion. The more the merrier!

Please e-mail all your suggestions and blog posts to

Nikki Rinderer (mjrinderer@gmail.com). Thanks!

“Even as a tree has a single trunk, but many branches and leaves, there is one religion but any number of faiths.” - Mahatma Gandhi

site map

The Friendship Club


"A New Approach To Living With     Memory Loss"

We are a one of a kind program in Orange County, designed specifically for people dealing with early memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early stages of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease or other dementia related illnesses.

Friendship Club is a unique program for active people that incorporates exercise, brain games, music, art, tai chi, yoga, and fresh healthy food prepared on site.

The program meets at Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo from 9:00am - 3:30pm  Monday, Wednesday and Friday

For more information, see our Friendship Club Adult Day Care site, or contact Pam Jacobs at: pkjsoth@yahoo.com or at 949-272-0601

The Friendship club is a partnership between Shepherd of the Hills Church, Temple Beth El South Orange County and the Orange County Islamic Foundation of Mission Viejo.

The Orange County Islamic Foundation invited the community leaders to hear our Adult Day Program plans

On July 10, 2014, during the month of Ramadan, the Orange County Islamic Foundation in Mission Viejo invited our church, as well as our partners at Temple Beth El and members of the mosque for a lovely Ramadan dinner. Please go to "What We Do" for more information.

upcoming at soth

Movie Night - September's date TBD

September Potluck - date TBD - See Calendar for more information.

August 31 Service:

          Reading:  TBD

          Message: TBD

looking for something interesting to read?

Check out our new "Bookshelf." New books are being added all the time.

recovery meetings

Schedule for Recovery Meetings - see Recovery Ministries under "What We Do" tab

someone you should know

September's "Someone You Should Know" is our Pastor Emeritus,  Wendell Pew.

Click here to get to know a little something about Wendell.

notice regarding website

The website coordinator (Nikki Rinderer) will be unavailable during the month of September for website updates, so the website will have a final update on Friday, August 29, 2014 and then will stay as is until Nikki returns at the end of September. Be sure to submit anything you want posted for September before Friday the 29th!

volunteer opportunities

Looking for a place of service? Check out our volunteer opportunities page by clicking here or using the pull-down menu under the What We Do tab.

social justice information

Want to keep up on Social Justice issues? We have a Social Justice page you can check out. Links are being added continually. If you have something you want to feature on this page, e-mail Nikki Rinderer (mjrinderer@gmail.com).