(702) 333-3046 | 6520 DAPPLE GRAY RD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89149


In the spring of 2008, a group of Christian people came together to form Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, and we’ve been sharing the Good News of Jesus in northwest Las Vegas ever since.  We are part of the WELS (a Lutheran church body throughout the U.S. and in 25 other countries.)  We believe that there is One God, the Triune God of the Bible and we preach salvation only through faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior.  We believe that the Bible is the error-free Word of God and is entirely true.  We share God’s Word unapologetically and we look to God for strength of faith to put it into practice in our lives.

We’ve grown to be a gathering of about 270 people.  We carry out ministries to reach and serve people of all ages.  We moved into our new building in August of 2018 and have welcomed many new people to our family since then.  We would love to tell you more about us and our plans for elementary education and facility expansion!

Click here to find out more about what we teach:  https://wels.net/about-wels/what-we-believe/this-we-believe/ 

If you want more information about us, explore this site or call Pastor Tom Unke at (702)333-3046.


Thomas Unke

Thomas Unke



I grew up in Wisconsin, but have served churches in Oregon, Michigan, Iowa, and Washington.  My wife Jackie and I have been married for over thirty years and have four adult children (plus one son-in-law.)  We moved to Las Vegas in 2016 and love living in the desert southwest.
I enjoy meeting people and sharing what I’ve learned about Jesus and his love.  Too many people assume that God wants them to do certain things–but that’s not it at all.  God wants to tell us about how much he loves us and what he’s done to reach us with his love.  It’s incredible to share the love of Jesus every day as a pastor–I’m really blessed to do that for my job!
I admit to being a passionate sports fan of all Wisconsin teams, and I’ve been on the VGK bandwagon from day one.  We’ve also enjoyed hiking all around the southwest.  I’d love it if you’d contact me or drop in to my office–I’ll show you all my Packers gear, including my Brett Favre autographed helmet!
Jackie Unke

Jackie Unke

Preschool Teacher


Jackie Unke teaches 4 year old preschool, has a bachelor’s degree in education, and has taught for almost 20 years at every grade level up to high school–the last 12 in early childhood education.  She also directs our church choir and accompanies worship on piano and organ.

I grew up in San Jose, California, where my dad was a pastor.  I love working with children and watching them grow academically and in faith.  I get to share the love of Jesus with them every day!

My husband is Pastor Unke–we’ve been married more than 30 years.  We have two sons, Jon & Zach, and two daughters, Emily (married to Jesse Rider) and Maria.  Living in Las Vegas has allowed us to see them all very regularly, which I love.  We all enjoy traveling and hiking in the national parks in the southwest–it’s all SO beautiful!

Zach Unke

Zach Unke

Ministry Assistant


Zach Unke serves as our ministry assistant, overseeing youth education, worship services, and community outreach.  Zach has a bachelor’s degree in education and has taught elementary school in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California.  He is a published piano composer and recording artist. Zach grew up in Howards Grove, Wisconsin.

I enjoy using my gifts to serve the Lord and my brothers and sisters in Christ in Las Vegas. This ministry assistant role has presented me with new ways to use my gifts and training to further God’s kingdom.

I spend a lot of time with music – listening to it, writing it, and performing it; but when I’m not doing music, I enjoy cooking or baking and hiking around the beautiful American southwest.

Jessie Stibb

Jessie Stibb

Preschool Director


Jessie has been the director of our preschool since 2018, when she graduated from Martin Luther College in Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.  She also teaches in our Sunday school and accompanies worship on the organ.

I grew up in Green Lake, WI and enjoy working with our preschool families and teaching our little ones all about Jesus. For many of them, they have very little prior knowledge about Jesus, so to be the first one to share that message with them is such a blessing.

I enjoy spending time outdoors, whether that be hiking, biking, camping, etc. I love horses and anything to do with them. I will be getting married in June 2022 to my fiancé Nathan who is currently stationed here at Nellis Air Force Base.