My name is Sam Gutierrez. I’m happy and grateful to be back at Granite Springs Church. What do I mean by “back?” Well, some of you might remember me from way back when… I worked at Granite Springs at a Junior high and Senior high youth pastor from 2000-2003 (when GSC was worshipping in that old warehouse!)
In the summer of 2000, my parents and my sister drove me up to Rocklin from Southern California to begin my first “real” job as a fresh graduate of Dordt College. Although I had majored in Graphic Design, I was feeling God’s call to serve in ministry and when Kevin Adams offered me the job (after a 4 day interview process) I had to accept… after all, how could anyone resist that smiling gracious face?!
A lot of life has happened between 2003 and 2016. I’m a bit older now…I even have a few grey hairs and I’ve learned a lot. These past 13 years have been filled with joy, laughter, risk, failure, success, mistakes, tears, poetry, travel, study, family, lots of coffee, art, pets, and good friends. I’ve grown in ways that I would have never imagined.
I learned that life is messy and that’s ok. I’ve also learned in a much deeper way, the promise of the gospel – that God can take the messy, stinky manure of our lives and grow flowers in it.
I’ll be working at Granite Springs Church for the next six months as a Pastor of Spiritual Formation. What is that you ask? I help people to be open – to life, to love, to pain, to joy… to God. I help people to notice the mysterious work of God in their lives, to name it by trying to put some language around it and to nurture it by engaging in practices that open the heart and quiet the mind. I encourage and help people to take the next step of faith – whatever that may be. Whether you’re a spiritual beginner or you’ve been a Christian your whole life, everyone has a next step to take ~ we never stop growing in faith, hope and love.
I’m so thankful to be here and I can’t wait to know your names, hear your stories, pray with you, worship with you and explore together God’s amazing grace at work in our lives and in the world.
3 thoughts on “A Note from Sam Gutierrez”
Thank you Sam, so happy you are here and teaching us how to grow closer to our God. Blessings, Kristi
Hi Sam: We’re praying for you! We wish that your message on July 3rd is as inspired and inspiring as your last message about the spirit of God. As you may remember, after that service I spoke to you and we talked about our upcoming 50th wedding anniversary cruise to Alaska and that we would miss hearing your message on 7/3.
We and our whole family (including Steve, Andrea and the kids) leave tomorrow morning for 10 days. Even though we won’t be there to hear your message we will be your prayer warriors that morning.
May God bless the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts!
I am very excited to see you are back at Granite Springs! I still fondly remember those days when I was Pastor Assistant and we were a team in that warehouse in Rocklin. It will forever be my favorite job. Of course I still remember Greg winning very game of Ping Pong. You never learned Ha Ha.. All those red welts LOL.
Michael and I moved to Aurora, Missouri a year ago. We love it here in the Bible Belt.
Hope you are doing good.. Much love.. Miss you
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