Western Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Sam Gutierrez has joined the WTS community as the Associate Director for the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination.
“Sam Gutierrez has gifted beauty to WTS, and many portions of Jesus’ Church, in so many ways,” said Dr. Winn Collier, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian imagination and Director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination. “Sam is a pastor who brings his artistic heart to his work, helping to create spaces and conversations that are honest, welcoming, and attuned to the Spirit.”
Gutierrez graduated with his MDiv from WTS in 2013. Since then, he’s led faith formation work with the CRC, served as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Granite Springs Church in Lincoln, CA, and most recently served as Pastor of Community and Discipleship at Alger Park Church in Grand Rapids. In addition to his multi-medium art, Sam has written three books of poetry (Godbirth, Read These Poems About David, and The Reason Love Reaches) and a faith formation curriculum (The Jesus Questions, Haiku Bible Study, and The Jesse Tree). Much of Sam’s work can be found online at Print and Poem.
Gutierrez described his encounter with Eugene’s voice early in youth ministry, before his time at WTS. “Eugene Peterson’s words struck like lightning – bringing an instant charge of freedom and a spark that opened up an expansive space within me that I’ve been exploring ever since – prayer, listening, scripture, discernment, presence,” said Gutierrez.
Learn more about the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination here.