Dudley Rutherford

Dudley C. Rutherford is senior pastor of Shepherd of the Hills megachurch in Porter Ranch, CA. He earned a bachelor's degree in Church Growth from Ozark Christian College, and a master's degree from Pacific Christian College. He is the former vice-president of the North American Christian Convention, has spoken at many conferences, served as chaplain of many sports team, and was a chapel speaker for the World Series. He is the author of three books and founder of the website callonjesus.com

Unusually for a church leader, Rutherford has led a church into unity with another denomination. Shepherd of the Hills (formerly Van Nuys First Baptist Church) moved to Porter Ranch, CA in 1991 under the leadership of Jess Moody. Dudley Rutherford had moved to California in 1985 to pastor Hillcrest Christian Church. By 1991, Hillcrest had an attendance of over 1,000 while Shepherd was struggling. In 1995, Jess Moody decided to retire, and approached Dudley Rutherford about merging the two churches. It was agreed upon, and the two churches united as Shepherd of the Hills Church with 1,600 in attendance. [1]


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