Specialist in ministry to Hispanic employees. John also pastors a bilingual Presbyterian congregation in Lindsay, CA (25 years strong!). Chaplain John joined our ministry in 2008 and has been serving throughout the San Joaquin Valley of California. John is currently studying at Clinical Pastoral Education of Central California. He is a wonderfully gifted chaplain, who serves with great energy and creativity. One of my favorite stories from John's work involved him assisting a Spanish-speaking employee in Superior Court to face multiple unpaid tickets. The employee had been too scared to face the judge with his limited English abilities, so John offered to go to court with him. When the judge asked the employee if the man sitting next to him was his legal counsel, the employee answered in broken English, "John is my chaplain at work." The judge asked John directly about his role as a workplace chaplain. The judge was so pleased with Chaplain John's advocacy for this employee that he reduced all of the employee's tickets by 50%! What a great illustration of how chaplains can make an impact in meeting employees' practical needs!
Chaplain John Gutierrez