(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 more than 300 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 upcoming 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 Director & 4K Teacher


Jackie Unke is our preschool director and teaches 4 year old preschool. She 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.  Jackie 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!

Mrs. Jenna Dietze

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Sabrina Salzwedel

Teaching Assistant (Pt. time)