About Us

WHO?

Shades Valley Lutheran Church is a small,  but enthusiastic community of faith, part of the Christian tradition known as Lutheran -- more specifically the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  (ELCA).

WHY?

As Christians of the Lutheran variety, we believe it all starts with God’s grace. This grace forgives, heals, and frees us to live the abundant life now. It’s not a matter of earning our freedom or “living right” in order to merit it. What heals and frees us is the gift of forgiveness given through Christ for all people. Trusting God's  grace frees us to join God in what God is up to in the world.


Vision:

To be a community hub where grace thrives.


Mission:

Growing in grace, we 

welcome all, 

worship joyfully, and 

serve others.

Staff

Reverend Eric L. Murray - Pastor

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An ELCA Pastor for nearly 25 years, Pastor Eric joined Shades Valley’s staff on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. 


Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Pastor Eric is a 1988 graduate of Georgia State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Physical Therapy. After three years of working as a physical therapist, Pastor Eric decided to seek his Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS).


A 1995 graduate of LTSS, Pastor Eric has served as Pastor of Mt. Zion-St. Luke, Oglethorpe, Georgia (1995-1998); Pastor of Discipleship at Christ the King, Peachtree Corners, Georgia (1999 – 2004.); and, as Senior Pastor of Messiah, Knoxville, Tennessee (2004-2018).


Pastor Eric has been married to Pauline Farrington since January 2018. They, along with Amanda Cat, make their home in the SOHO neighborhood of Homewood. When not talking theology — Pauline is a pastor too — they enjoy cooking, watching movies, attending art shows, running the local greenways, and HIIT workouts at the Y. 

Sarah Beth Hall - Office Administrator

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Sarah Beth Hall grew up in Cahaba Heights and has been a member of Shades Valley Lutheran Church for over 30 years. 


She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama. She also holds a M.S. in Early Childhood: Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University: Portland. 


She taught preschool and elementary school for 17 years before coming to work at Shades Valley Lutheran.


Sarah Beth has helped with our Youth programs and is very active in the church. 


She is married and has 3 wonderful children, all of whom enjoy serving and being involved with Shades Valley Lutheran. 

Rebecca Rehorst - Director of Music

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Our Partners

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