Pastor's Message

Pastoral Message

Our Mission:
Sharing Christ, Changing Lives!
Shepherd of the Desert is a living church rooted in Page, Arizona striving to be an outpost of service to our community and the world.  
   As we see it, church is not a building, not a club, and not a clique of friends with exclusive ideas. We are a welcoming group of people at varying levels of maturity on the road to becoming real followers of Jesus Christ. 
   This means we don't claim perfection. On the contrary, we give thanks for grace, mercy, and forgiveness in our endeavors. We experience and celebrate the positive change that comes from a relationship with our living Lord Jesus. 
   We have as our mission: Sharing Christ, Changing Lives! We do the sharing, God does the work! If you're looking for positive change, become part of our church family!

Who Do You Know?
     You’re no doubt familiar with that old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  That saying is true in many parts of our lives.  I want to say, loud and clear, that it’s true here at church, too.
     Who do you know?  First, do you know Jesus?  This is a wonderful place to come to know your Savior better; to get connected with His Spirit; to find out more about His teachings; and to learn what it means actually to walk with Jesus as a disciple.  Whether you’re a long-time member of a church, or a newcomer who’s just reading this article, it’s a matter of eternal importance that you know Jesus!
     Who do you know?  Second, do you know people who need the Lord in their life?  There are many people in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools – and even our families – who aren’t familiar with what Jesus has done for them.  Do you know anybody who isn’t aware that God sent his Son to die on a cross to pay for our sins, and that he’s calling them to be saved by faith, too?  Maybe you know someone who’s struggled to find a church that’s willing to meet them where they are in life.  Perhaps you know a person that God has been trying to reach – and you could be the one who God could use to connect with that person!
     Our church is a great place for believers, seekers and newcomers to the faith.  We have many ways to help you, your friends, family members and neighbors get connected to the Lord Jesus Christ.
     So, let me ask you again – Who do you know?

Peace to you in Christ,
   Pastor Tom Henkes

Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church
331 South Lake Powell Blvd.
Page, AZ 86040

Rev. Tom Henkes is Pastor to Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, Page, AZ.  A California native and life-long Lutheran, he attended a Lutheran elementary school, graduated from Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska, and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He has served two congregations in the Phoenix area.

  Crystal River of Life - Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:1-5