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.
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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:
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