Shepherd’s Heart Church in Grass Valley has spiritual, literal focus |

Shepherd’s Heart Church in Grass Valley has spiritual, literal focus

Sheryl Hall is a member of the Shepherd's Heart Ministry in Grass Valley.
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Sheryl Doreen Hall has only been a member of the new Shepherd’s Heart Church for a few months.

She had previously attended a big church in Roseville, but loves the small community of this one because it’s helpful, encouraging and a lot more personal. They currently have about 16 members.

Pastor John Grimes started the church in November 2015 because he felt God told him to.

“When God tells him to do something he does it, no matter what,” Hall says.

Both John and his wife Maria Grimes are pastors.

“People should come because it’s a spiritual church. It’s not just literal. They teach what’s in the Bible, and that’s literal, but they allow the Lord to lead them in His will and it’s all backed up by the Word of God,” Hall explains.

As an independent church they’re not limited by denominational rules.

Hall is an in-home caregiver and says her faith helps her a lot since God has given her patience and understanding. She takes people to doctors, feeds them, applies catheters, takes care of personal hygiene, gives medications and keeps logs to be sure those have been given correctly.

Sometimes clients are angry or depressed because of their conditions, and sometimes family members can make it difficult to give medications correctly difficult. Hall prays for her clients when things like that happen.

“I love my clients and it makes all the difference in the world. If you’re in any field and you really care, that makes you so much better,” she says. “I thank the Lord for my job every day.”

Her faith also helps in her personal life.

“I’ve been through some very hard places and the Lord has always been right there for me in every aspect. He’s my living, breathing company. He takes care of me and helps me along,” Hall says.

Once she was going through a difficult time when Pastor Maria Grimes called unexpectedly and said she felt led to pray for her. Both pastors pray for people a lot, during services or privately. They believe in the healing power of prayer.

The church was named Shepherd’s Heart because they feel they have the heart of a shepherd for the community. They especially want to help young people. The church has some kids and is planning activities for children in the future.

Last year the church provided Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for about 270 people and hope to do the same thing again. Some of those people attend the church’s services.

Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month and they have a mix of modern and traditional music, accompanied by Pastor John on a keyboard.

Pastor Maria Grimes is from Greece and once had a Greek restaurant. She cooks food to share with everyone after the services. While they eat together, people get to know each other well.

Hall says this is a lot like the early church in the New Testament.

Besides starting other churches in Colorado and Wyoming, Pastor John Grimes has been a missionary in the Ukraine and Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish.

The church meets at 10 a.m. every Sunday morning at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

Their mailing address is P.O. Box 1324 Nevada City, CA 95959. You can contact Pastor John Grimes at or phone 530-470-3325.

Janet Ann Collins is a freelance writer in Nevada County. She can be reached at or

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