adrian guetter - Pastor of student and family ministry

Growing up in a small town in northern Arizona I was introduced to faith, church and what it means to have a heart for God as far back as I can remember. I was adopted by my parents at a young age and learned quickly what it meant to be loved without condition and regardless of fault. I was raised in a small Baptist church. At 16 I was given the choice to keep attending or go my own way and I chose the latter. Spending the next 20 plus years living for self, living the American dream and finding the hole in my life and heart only grew larger as pride and selfish desire sought to be filled. Realizing that a real and authentic relationship with Christ is what I lacked (or should I say my wife realized) and we could no longer do it on our own, we found a church home. While there, God worked on my heart, my relationship with Him, my wife and my children, while drawing me in to His design and plan for my life. I walked away from the ego, desire and worldly focus and submitted to His plan and have not looked back nor felt more at peace since.

We have been faithfully attending church and seeking God’s direction for our lives for the past decade, and what a journey it has been. Our first assignment in ministry was at a church, time and place, determined to help us grow, mature in faith and realize that service to Christ was what we were designed for. Since then the journey has been filled with grace, mercy and reliance on God. It has brought us here to Napa, to First Christian Church and the work that He is doing here. Napa much like my hometown has been another blessing provided by God and one we know blesses us more than we could imagine. Our hope and prayer is to fully be used by Him to engage in this community of faith and family to grow as His children and to reach the lost. I have always known that God wired me to work with youth, men, families and all of His children and the life He has allowed me to live has equipped me to do His work.

As the sole male in a family of 5 (more if you include the dog, and yes it’s a female) I have the support of my loving wife Cristy, daughters Grace, Kenzie and Kyra. We believe that ministry begins with the family and flows out from there. We are an outdoor loving, active, fun and crazy group that is up for most anything, will try almost everything once and are not afraid of much (except scorpions, those are just wrong).

Things that make me who I am:

1.       If you ask my wife I am a terminal 12-year-old

2.       If it involves sports I am there, no questions asked (to play not watch unless it is watching my students)

3.       I love to laugh, have fun and have a hard time sitting still

4.       I love people: meeting new friends, spending time with others and doing life

5.       I could live off of ice-cream, sushi and steak (preferably not all at once)

6.       I can watch movies over and over again and will quote lines from my favorite ones

7.       There really is no bad music, each type just has its time and place

8.       I would always rather be outside than inside

9.       Dog person (sorry but you must be at least 50 lbs. to be a dog)

10.   My family is my life, they are my first and last thought every day

Things that will make me squirm:

1.       Not a big fan of reptiles

2.       Have a great fear of drowning yet I love the ocean and swimming

3.       Don’t like the word hate, because to hate there has to be no room for love

4.       Videos of breaking bones (like a good scary movie but cant handle the snap)

5.       Reading: I know it is part of growing, just not a big fan

6.       Liver and onions (thanks dad for that)

7.       Posers (ask your kids, grand kids or anyone under the age of 30 if unsure)

8.       Close, tight spaces – yes I am a bit claustrophobic to a degree

9.       When people allow fear to keep them from moving forward- In God there is no fear

10.   When the gospel loses it real meaning and purpose because of misinterpretation

 

My verse(s) to live by - these guide the who, what and why of my relationship with Christ

Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.