Rev. Deborah Lerner,                 

Senior Pastor


Rev. Alma Aguirre-Olivares                 

Associate Pastor


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