Arnetta Gurrola

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					                                       ISMAEL GURROLA
3229 Monroe St                                                                                      270-816-3053
Paducah, KY 42001                                                             E-mail:

OBJECTIVE:              To vigorously pursue God as my absolute treasure, rejoice in Him alone, and lead others on
                        a life-long quest to do the same through worship, spiritual growth, and personal evangelism.

                      Deepest respect for the power and life changing ability of God's Word
                      Intense thirst to know God personally and to be satisfied by Him alone
                            High priority on expressive worship that exalts Jesus Christ
                Greatly value personal relationships with lost people for the purpose of evangelism
                       Focused visionary with an emphasis on turning hearts to treasure God
                  Passionate, relevant expository preacher with joyful obedience as an end goal
                                      Practice community through small groups
                                Developer of leaders through personal relationships

                                          PASTORAL EXPERIENCE
Pastor                          Evergreen Community Church, Renton, WA                                  5/02 – 8/04

     Called as a consultant/intentional interim pastor. Initiated a turnaround ministry in a church that was in the
     process of closing. Developed a purpose statement, initiated leadership development and introduced ministry
     principles using the life of Christ as a template. Accepted a call to ministry in August, 2002. Successfully
     performed several community evangelistic events. Lead the board through leadership development. Preached
     expository messages focusing on joyful obedience and sanctification. Worked with the worship team to
     develop an atmosphere conducive to exalting Christ on Sundays. Church stabilized and saw growth and
     baptisms. Had a positive spirit reflected in joy and exuberant worship.

Senior Pastor                   Cornerstone Community Baptist Church, Kent, WA                          1/97 – 1/01

     Consistently preached God's word with an emphasis on life change. Led lay leaders in the development of a
     new mission statement that expressed life change as a personal goal for everyone at Cornerstone Church.
     Successfully introduced adults to ministry principles using Jesus as a template for ministry. Set in motion the
     practice of biblical community by developing an extensive, church-wide small group ministry for students and
     adults. Small groups were responsible for assimilation and discipleship. Equipped adults in evangelism
     through a modified Evangelism Explosion curriculum that can be applied personally in any setting.
     Consistently communicated the need for relationships with lost people and created evangelistic events that
     introduced lost people to Cornerstone Church and Christ. Transformed the worship ministry from mere singing
     to expressive worship that included drama, Power Point and video. Such worship moved people to exalt Christ
     emotively and intellectually. Led church in a successful capital campaign fund to hire an associate pastor.

Senior Pastor                   Heights Evangelical Free Church, La Habra, CA                          12/93 – 6/96

     Pastored Heights Church in a rapidly changing city where demographics were moving from Caucasian to
     Hispanic. Responsible for up to four part-time staff – Youth Director, Secretary, Worship Leader,
     Administrative Assistant. Developed a ministry for spiritual growth and life change by implementing small
     group ministry and training small group leaders. Also designed adult C.E. program with emphasis on
     assimilation. Created strategic approach to evangelism which included Home Bible Studies, Children's
     Ministry and Friendship Sundays. Provided relevant expository preaching, teaching, and one-on-one
     discipleship. Intentionally led the church to give an Hispanic congregation all property and assets.
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Senior Pastor                     First Baptist Church, Newberg, OR                                      10/88 – 11/93

    Responsible for a staff of four – Secretary, Music Director, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor. Ministered in the
    areas of preaching, teaching, and counseling. Also focused on discipleship/leadership development. Created a
    comprehensive outreach strategy designed uniquely for First Baptist Church. Redirected vision by developing a
    contemporary mission statement and focusing on outreach rather than internal needs.

Singles Director                  Grace Church, Cypress, CA                                                2/86 – 4/88

    Implemented a ministry for young single adults that grew to 75 in number. Responsible for teaching twice a
    week. Extensive counseling in various aspects of single life; i.e., money management, drug abuse, divorce and
    marriage, sexuality and emotional problems. Also oversaw the creation and promotion of social and special
    events. Developed and implemented a one-year discipleship program to develop leaders. Organized outreach
    through the use of Evangelism Explosion material.


Doctor of Ministry, Leadership                                     Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, 1999

Master of Divinity, Systematic Theology                            Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, 1987

Bachelor of Arts, Bible                                            Grace Bible Institute, 1983


Married, two children; excellent health; age 53.


Conservative Baptist Association of America, Sept. 1990


Reading, roller blading, woodworking, drinking coffee and discussing theology, politics, or other interesting topics.

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