We are excited to introduce to you the newest member of our Faith Formation Ministries team: Sam Gutierrez. Sam serves as a Regional Catalyzer in California.
1. Sam, can you describe for us a key person (or people) who played an important role in your faith formation?
There are many who played an important role in my Faith Formation throughout the years. My friend and pastor Kevin Adams, my parents, Pastor Bruce Ballast, and my grandparents.
2. You've worked as a college campus pastor, what was your favorite part of working with college students and how will that experience enrich your work for Faith Formation Ministries?
My favorite part of working with college students is the ability to impact them at such an important juncture in their lives. They are making important decisions about many areas of their lives and I loved being able to speak into that. What I learned from working with college students is to be patient. Faith Formation doesn't happen over night.
3. You studied Graphic Design in college, how do you think that educational background has influenced your faith formation and your work with churches?
Art is about learning how to see. Spiritual formation is about the same thing. Creativity is something that helped me during my graphic design days and helps me today when I think about creative ways to engage people in their own formation practices.
4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it in your role as a Regional Catalyzer?
To be able to give people the long perspective on their lives. We get caught up in the day to day. Having the big picture/long perspective would give people the ability to relax, be grateful, and laugh a little more.