Our Bishop & Pastor

Dr. Kephyan Sheppard is a native of Palm Springs, CA and is the Pastor of Word of Life Fellowship Center in Desert Hot Springs, CA. 

He accepted his call to preach the Gospel in 2004.  After several years of serving as a youth minister he was ordained in 2011 as an Elder in the church by the honorable Bishop CE Simmons. At the turn of the year 2012, God spoke and called him to plant a church in the city of Desert Hot Springs (DHS). In February 2012, Dr. Sheppard along with his wife Elect Lady Tricina Sheppard launched Word of Life Fellowship Center inside the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center.

He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in Divinity, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Next Dimension University. 

In 8 years, God has used Word of Life mightily to do Kingdom work. Under his leadership, Word of Life has served over 5,000 meals to the homeless community, has impacted over a thousand families with toys for the holidays along with school supplies, and established a Bible College in the city of Desert Hot Springs. Furthermore, Pastor Sheppard is a former Commissioner of the city of Desert Hot Springs, an on call chaplain to the city’s police department, a board member to the city’s Microloan Program, an advisor to Desert Hot Springs High School’s Black Student Union, and the Community Champion for Advancing Desert Hot Springs..

In addition to his work in the community, Dr. Sheppard is an area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes which involves him covering 5 high schools and a Middle School in the Valley teaching the Gospel during lunch period bible studies. He also serves as a Professor at the Bread of Life Christian University Theological Seminary Desert Hot Springs Campus.

On July 20, 2019, Dr. Kephyan Sheppard was ordained under the International Churches of Praise into the office of BISHOP and is currently responsible for the oversight of eight churches within the ICOP Fellowship.

Moreover, Dr. Sheppard is an accomplished musician; he has been playing the saxophone since the age of eight, and has recorded two albums (Kephyan: Revealed and 90’s Love Songs & Beyond).

With all that he is and does, Dr. Sheppard eagerly admits that his most important roles are husband and father. He and Elect Lady Tricina Sheppard have been married for 15 years and have 2 sons, Juston and Caleb, and one daughter, princess MyKayla.

When asked about his substantial workload, Dr. Sheppard proclaims that God is the source of his strength; he credits his wife for her covering and support as well as Word of Life for their constant prayers.  Dr. Sheppard considers himself truly blessed.