Dave & Laura Gutierrez
Church Planter & TUMI-LA Site Coordinator
Dave and Laura met at a prayer meeting in Sioux Center, IA, while attending Dordt College. It was during their college years that they sensed God calling them to love those who were spiritually lost and hurting and felt compelled to serve in the inner city. They were married in December of 2001 (shortly after Dave graduated), and two years later, followed God's call to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003. Laura had just graduated and Dave was working full time locally when he quit his job, packed up their things, and stepped out in faith - moving from the Midwest to the West Coast with no prospect of jobs in sight. But as was the case with Abraham when God called him to "pack up his things and go," God proved faithful. Within a few months of their move, they had a place to live and were quickly connected with the ministry of World Impact. In September of 2004, Dave and Laura joined staff as full-time missionaries.
Dave and Laura have served on two church plant teams, planting a small church in Southeast Hollywood (2004-2007) called Transformations Church of Hollywood and another in the Mid-City called Christ the Victor (2009-20011).
Currently, Dave works as the Site Coordinator for The Urban Ministry Institute - Los Angeles (World Impact's theological seminary for training, equipping, and empowering leaders for the urban church). In addition to this role, he and Laura serve as core members of World Impact-LA's Member Care Team, are active in discipling and mentoring men and women with whom they have built relationship from the neighborhood, and have most recently joined a launch team that is set to begin a new church planting effort in the Fall of 2013, Antioch Community Church.
They have four children: Elijah (8), Natalie (6), Jonas (4), Lucy (2