Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

Jess Knauft is our new pastor here at Shepherd of the Valley in Santa Ynez. Jess has served Lutheran churches in Oregon and California for 33 years, including serving as an interim pastor at Sherman Oaks Lutheran with a focus on multicultural outreac...

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Jess Knauft is our new pastor here at Shepherd of the Valley in Santa Ynez. Jess has served Lutheran churches in Oregon and California for 33 years, including serving as an interim pastor at Sherman Oaks Lutheran with a focus on multicultural outreach and ministry to those involved in the entertainment industry of Los Angeles.

Along with his lovely wife, Debbi, Jess has two grown children and one son in law. His son is a mathematician & his daughter and son in law are Navy pilots.

Jess brings inspirational insights each week with an emphasis on helping people face life with spiritually grounded optimism, perseverance and humor. He believes that living out a grace-filled life of faith and love can make a positive impact on our personal lives and our interactions with others. His messages regularly share insights for meeting life challenges with a fresh perspective of grace and a goal towards experiencing life with God in an uplifting manner. He believes that a change in ones thinking can change ones life.

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