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Stephen P Gutridge


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November 15, 2021

Dear Friends,
Not may of you know that the guy who was most unlikely to become a Christian Minister is one. In fact, I have been an installed minister in two churches. One for four years and one for ten years. I have spent 26 years doing Interim/Transitional ministry. Paula and I have done live talk radio. God has taken us to a great deal of adventures from Israel to Western Colorado. Below is a brief biography.

The Reverend Stephen P. “Gutty” Gutridge

Eastmoor High School Class of 1966, 1970 B.S.c. University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky,

1982, M.Div. Palmer Theological Seminary, Wayne, Pennsylvania.

The Reverend Gutridge became a Christian as a young adult in college. The pastor at the
Hurstbourne Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky ended every service with an Altar Call. God’s love and
grace were so compelling that Gutty finally surrendered to the Master in the spring of 1969. Soon after he wed Paula Ray and they have been happily married since. After graduation from college he went to work in industrial sales and was transferred to the branch office in Villanova, Pennsylvania in September 1970.

Christ became an increasingly more important part of his life. August 1978, he left the business world to
prepare for full-time pastoral ministry. He attended Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated
with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1981. During his seminary training he served as a youth pastor in
several congregations. 1982 he was installed as the pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Chester,
Pennsylvania. He served there until 1985 when he and Paula founded, Living Christ Ministries. Living
Christ Ministries was the parent ministry for their very successful live phone-in radio program, “Curious
About Christ”, that aired one hour daily on WZZD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 1996 the Lord
called him to a ten-year installed pastorate in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Gutty has a very infectious
enthusiasm for Jesus Christ and His Church. He was thrilled to serve Presbyterians for Renewal in 2006-
2007. He believes in the Christ centered renewal of individuals that then renew churches and churches that renew denominations. Pastor Gutty has served eight congregations as an Interim/Transitional Pastor over
an eighteen-year period. Pastor Gutty has always had a heart for people that do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. He has been trained at the, Billy Graham School of Evangelism, and other church growth and evangelism courses and seminars. During the years he has led hundreds of people to faith in Christ one on one and many more through his preaching. He is an experienced conference and retreat speaker as well as a successful local church pastor and a radio talk show co-host. He and Paula have two grown sons; Charlie, married to Mary Elizabeth, “M.E.” and Steve. Charlie and M.E. blessed them with their first grandchild, James, in August 2000 and their first granddaughter, Summer Raye, in September 2002. Their children are committed Christians and all currently serve or have served in some type of ministry. They enjoy two dogs
and in the past loved and cared for four horses.
He has spent his career sharing the life changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making
disciples and training leaders. He enjoys a fruitful Interim/Transitional Pastoral Ministry at Glade Run
Church, Valencia, Pennsylvania. Gutty is always looking for ways to be relevant to an ever-changing
culture without forgetting the needs of the established church membership. He says often, “Let’s continue to be creative in shaping effective ministry without forgetting who brought us to the dance.”

favorite high school memory

1966 I qualified for and competed in the Ohio State High School wrestling championships.

The summer 1965 I was chosen to represent EHS at Buckeye Boys State. I ran for and was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in the Boys State program.

unique achievement

Advanced Mathematics class '65-'66.

Outstanding Student Athlete.

9 Varsity Letters in three sports; Football, Wrestling, Track and Field

Attended and graduated University of Louisville where I played football on a Full Scholarship.

unforgettable trip

Buckeye Boys State in Athens Ohio, and the trip to Columbus to meet our Supreme Court counterparts.

Trip to Lancaster Ohio for a track meet. Had a car full of guys and blew a front tire on Rt. 33. Brand new tire.

little-known fact

Swam backstroke and freestyle on a community swim-team.

You’ve come a long way in 55 years. Where are you going in the next five years?

We are just about to move to Aberdeen North Carolina where I will serve the Bethesda Presbyterian Church as Transitional Senior Pastor, Head of Staff. We are working out details and dates now.