April Gutierrez

Associate Pastor, Rochester: St. Paul’s UMC

Pastor April Gutierrez is currently appointed as the Associate Pastor of Rochester: St. Paul’s UMC. She is also the co-convener of the Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Working Group for the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. Pastor April received a Master of Arts from both Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary and is currently completing her doctorate in Spiritual Direction at Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary. Her focus is embodied spiritual practices for Black and Latinx Young Adults embracing Sabbath. Pastor April is passionate about vital worship that is table-centered, rich in practice-based ministry that cultivates adult spirituality. Pastor April Gutierrez is committed to congregational care, Sabbath rest, and envisions ministry for restoration and hope. Prior to answering the call to ordained ministry, she worked for more than a decade in higher education with a focus on social justice ministry and diversity, equity and inclusion which informs her collaborative nature and seeker heart. She participated in the Faithful Anti-Racism Leadership Development Cohort program at Calvin University under the leadership of Dr. Christina Edmondson.

April is speaking at

September 18, 2021
9:45 am - 10:30 am



In 2020 Bishop David Bard established a group to provide guidance and coordination of conference-wide anti-bias and antiracism work in collaboration with conference leaders and agencies.  The objective is to equip the Michigan Conference to lead in this area in a way that recognizes the desire to live as a Beloved Community and is informed by our Methodist history in the abolitionist movement. Some key goals are to:

  • provide Training and Support for Cross Racial/Cross Cultural Appointments
  • develop Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Training for Active Clergy, Conference and District Staff every four years that will begin in 2022.
This presentation will introduce key concepts and actions essential to our journey with Jesus, for it is soul work as well as community work.  Every Michigan United Methodist congregation is invited to engage in a study in the coming year dealing with intercultural competence, racism, or racial reckoning.

Rev. Dr. B. Kevin Smalls & Rev. April Gutierrez
Co-Chairpersons, Michigan Conference Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Working Group

September 18, 2021
11:35 am - 12:20 pm
Zoom Session - NP Conference Room, WS 1



Embodied spiritual practices for Sabbath rest rooted in Latinx and Black experience.

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