Rev. Deanna Self-Price,                      

Senior Pastor

The Rev. Deanna Self-Price grew up in North Canton, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in English. Discovering a call into ministry, she served on several church staffs in the West Ohio Annual Conference as a professional church lay-worker. Her field of expertise at the time included: youth and young adult ministry, Christian Education and Outreach ministry. She was responsible for several mission trips, retreats and study groups. In 1984 Rev. Deanna entered seminary at Methodist Theological School in Ohio to study for pastoral ministry. While at seminary she met her husband, the Rev. Paul Self-Price. They were married the following year. The Self-Price’s have one daughter. Upon graduation in 1988, the Self-Prices left Ohio to serve churches in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. She has served in a variety of settings from small member churches to large metropolitan and suburban churches. In 2006, the Self-Prices were invited by Bishop Minerva Carcaño to serve in the Desert Southwest Conference. Rev. Deanna was appointed as Senior Pastor at North Scottsdale UMC. Rev. Deanna came to Shepherd of the Hills UMC July 1, 2011 and brings with her a wealth of experience and faith-filled leadership.

Rev. Galene Boyett,                                      

Associate Pastor

Rev. Galene Boyett joined Shepherd of the Hills as Associate Pastor on July 1, 2012. Since returning to Arizona, Rev. Boyett has been appointed to Apache Junction, Surprise, and Prescott Valley. She received her Elder’s Orders in 2006. Until Annual Conference in June, Rev. Galene was the chairperson of the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, sits on Covenant Council, and is a member of the Episcopacy Committee.

Mrs. Esther Vallet, RN                  
Parish Nurse
Esther Vallet, R.N., has been the parish nurse at Shepherd of the Hills since April 1998 and since January 2009 has been employed directly by Shepherd of the Hills.  Esther earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., and worked in public health, long-term care, and home health before coming to Shepherd of the Hills.  She and her husband have three children and one grandchild. Our parish nurse is an integral part of the Care Ministry Program, serving the congregation as a health educator, personal health counselor, group facilitator, and health-care advocate.  Esther is a valuable source for information on congregational and community resources, and is available to offer spiritual care as a layperson.  She also coordinates the Heartsaver Program in which volunteers are trained in CPR and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator and then attend SHUMC services and functions prepared to handle the critical first moments of a medical emergency.  Esther has become a valued member of our leadership team.
Mr. Ken Goodenberger                           
Director of Music
Ken Goodenberger has been a prominent member of the music scene in greater Phoenix for more than 30 years. Ken joined the leadership team at Shepherd of the Hills on September 1, 2003. As part of his music ministry here, Ken leads the Chancel Choir, the Bell Choir, and the Band of Believers. He is active in the community as a conductor, choral clinician, voice teacher, actor and singer. 
Ken is a Distinguished Member/Friend of the Arts of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.  An experienced theater-music official, he is artistic director of the West Valley Chorale and directs the Royal Renaissance Singers and OperAntics (formerly OperaTunity). The latter two groups perform as many as 100 times a year.  Ken’s operatic credits include performances as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; the title role in Gounod’s Faust; and as Cavaradossi in Tosca and Rodolfo in La Bohème, both by Puccini. Ken and his wife Brenda have nine children. More about the Goodenbergers can be found at