Bob Willse

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I grew up in New York and, like the former occupants of the Polo Grounds (the N.Y. Giants), I traveled west to the Bay Area of California three decades later.  In between those years, I learned of God's call in my life during my high school years and entered Gettysburg Seminary after completing my college work at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.  Joan and I met while we were both in college and were married after I finished my first year at Seminary.  My son, Alex, joined our household during my ministry in Omaha.

Shepherd of the Hills is the fourth congregational call I have accepted.  We began in rural Nebraska, almost into Wyoming, then moved east to Omaha, and then came to Santa Rosa, California to begin a congregation there in 1987.  In 2005, I came to Vacaville to shepherd this community into its next pastor.  Little did I know that God was putting us together to form an exciting and joyful partnership.

In my off time, I enjoy traveling with Joan, golfing, woodworking, and reading.  I am also an avid sports fan.

Jr./Sr. High Youth Director

Rob Williamson

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Rob Williamson was born at Travis Air Force Base to Dr. Bob and Beth Williamson and was baptized at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Fairfield. Throughout his childhood, he moved with his family and traveled around much of the United States coasts and Europe. During his time living in Germany, he was confirmed at the Magnuskirche in Worms.

Since graduating high school, he has continued to travel, living in Maryland, Florida, and both Southern and Northern California, and has pursued his passions in music and theater as well as working at various churches in Solano and Yolo counties. He worked as the Children’s Music and Education Coordinator at St. Mark’s and as the Alternative Music Leader at Davis Lutheran Church.

Rob also works with Tomorrow Youth Repertory, a youth theater company in Alameda. He has worked with multiple theater companies in Davis and Sacramento, including a tenure as Production Manager for Common House Productions. In his spare time he plays board games with his friends.

Music Director

Chris Holmes

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Chris Holmes has been a professional musician for 40 years.  He attended Solano Junior College, majoring in music, and was then employed there as an accompanist for choirs and voice classes.  He has been in various bands since the 8th grade, including a video on MTV with Laserboy, and a record deal with CBS with the band Workforce.

His ability to program and sequence all instruments with a keyboard has seen him employed by studios and muscial theaters, doing orchestrations of everything from "Wizard of Oz" and "Into the Woods" to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." 

He has been using his abilities at Shepherd of The Hills Lutheran Church since 1995. He loves what he does and who he performs with. In addition to serving as Director of Music Ministries and Shepherd of The Hills, he plays and sings with the Rhythm Method4 and teaches piano, beginning guitar, and voice.


Office Administrator

Christine Swetland

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