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Senior Pastor: Rev. Michael Chamness

michaelThe Rev. Michael Chamness was appointed as senior pastor at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church on July 1, 2011. He comes to Shepherd of the Hills with more than 30 years of ministry experience, 22 of them as an ordained clergyperson in the United Methodist Church. He has served two churches in Las Vegas as well as churches in Sedona, Arizona and Thornton, Colorado. His ministry has been marked by youth work, stewardship growth, and experience in the development of contemporary worship. He also has played guitar and bass with the regional Christian band Big Fish Story for more than 20 years.


His undergraduate degree is from San Diego State University, and he earned a master's of divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver.   Michael is married to Anne and has two children, Sarah and Alex, who live in Northern California. He grew up in the San Diego area, enjoying mountaineering, golf, and the community of faith at Escondido First United Methodist Church. In high school he lettered in tennis, water polo, and baseball, and immediately following graduation he traveled to the Northwest Territories in Canada to do missionary work.

Associate Pastor: Rev. Timothy R. Pieper

Pastor Tim joined the Shepherd of the Hills UMC staff as an Associate Pastor in April of 2019. He comes to us from the West Ohio Conference where he was ordained as a Full Elder of the United Methodist Church. He serve two different churches during his time as a Pastor in Ohio and was a District Trustee for the NorthWest Plains District.


Tim and his wife RaeAnn moved to Washington, Utah in August of 2018 to be near to their 6 grandchildren and family. Their daughter, Maria also moved to Utah with them. Tim and RaeAnn have four adult daughters, Rebecca (Ohio), Maria (Utah), Lona (Utah), and Mary (California).


Tim and RaeAnn are life long Methodists. RaeAnn was a buyer for L. S. Ayres Dept. Stores in Indiana and managed several ladies’ retail stores. Tim is a former Attorney and Judge before answering the Call to Pastoral Ministry. Tim, RaeAnn, and Maria have felt the love of Christ through the people of SHUMC and feel very blessed to be part of the SHUMC family.


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