Mission Statement/Leadership

Our Mission

To lift up Christ that the world might believe!

Dudley Rutherford, Senior Pastor


Dudley Rutherford is the senior pastor of Shepherd Church, a 10,000-member congregation that has been called “the most racially diverse church in Los Angeles.” Pastor Dudley is the author of the newly released book, Compelled: The Irresistible Call to Share Your Faith. His other published works include — Walls Fall Down, God has an App for That, Unleashed: The Church Turning the World Upside Down, Romancing Royalty, and Proverbs in a Haystack

Dudley is passionate about boldly sharing the truth, hope, and salvation that is found in Jesus Christ with all people. He is the founder of Dream of Destiny.org, a ministry designed to foster ethnic diversity within the Christian Church. He has had the distinction of speaking for several professional sports teams and has been a featured chapel speaker for the World Series.

Dudley earned his bachelor’s degree from Ozark Christian College and his Master’s Degree in Church Growth from Hope International University. He also obtained an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Charles University.

On occasion, Dudley has been known to compromise his preaching voice by cheering for his beloved sports teams: the Oklahoma University Sooners, Los Angeles Lakers, UCLA Bruins, and St. Louis Cardinals. It is in those times he believes in the soothing power of ice cream, golf, road cycling, and Mexican food — not necessarily in that order. Dudley and his beautiful wife, Renee, have three children and reside in Porter Ranch, a suburb of Los Angeles.