About Word of Life Fellowship Center


We Live, We Love,
We Serve


Established in 2012, we are a ministry that loves Jesus and His Bride. Located in Desert Hot Springs, we firmly believe we have been called to wash the feet of our community and beyond.


Our ministry efforts have enabled us to partner with school districts, governmental agencies, as well as media platforms. We invite you to get plugged in and serve with us.


Partner with us and let’s take Jesus and His love to the world!

We have a mandate to:

  • Lift Jesus

  • Build People

  • Restore Families

  • ...and Impact our community

Our Vision


In April of 2019, we were graced to purchase our property. Although we are grateful for our beautiful Temple, we are excited about the 3 acres of land attached to it.


We have a vision!


God has positioned us to make an impact within the homeless community. Homelessness has become a problem within our valley with both shelters at capacity and many homeless being displaced. Therefore, we have began pooling resources to build a homeless shelter right here on our property.


Contact us for more details.




Dr. Kephyan Sheppard is a native of Palm Springs, CA and is the Senior Pastor of Word of Life Fellowship Center in Desert Hot Springs, CA. 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, as well as Honorary Doctorate in Biblical Studies form Bread of Life Seminary (San Antonio, TX). In February 2012, Bishop Sheppardand his wife, Lady Tricina Sheppard launched Word of Life Fellowship Center at their dining room table with 5 members. Over the course of 8 years, they have seen the hand of God move mightily. 

Under his leadership, Word of Life has served over 6,000 meals to the homeless community, has impacted thousands of families with toys for the holidays along with school supplies, and established a Bible College in the city of Desert Hot Springs. Furthermore, Dr. 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, 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. He covers 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 several Bible colleges throughout the Inland Empire. On July 20, 2019, Dr. Kephyan Sheppard was consecrated to the office of Bishop in the International Churches of Praise and is a member of the African American Joint College of Bishops. Moreover, Dr. Sheppard is a husband, a father, and an accomplished musician. 

He and Lady Sheppard recently celebrated 16 years of marriage and they have 3 beautiful children, and are eager to continue to serve and watch as we continue to pour into the city of Desert Hot Springs.