2002 Inductee - Paul Gutierrez


2002 Inductee - Paul Gutierrez

Paul Gutierrez Religion may be a bigger part of the Mexican American culture than la comida or Espanol. Paul Gutierrez has been a major power in local, state and national religious organizations. He also has been in law enforcement and influential in education. In 1998 he became the first Hispanic elected to the Manteca Unified School District school board. He continues to serve in that capacity. He has been both clerk and president of the board. Paul was “instrumental in uniting two small local churches in East Stockton and established a large church congregation now known as Crossroads of the Valley” in 1989-91. He also started up an English speaking Hispanic church in nearby Lathrop. In Santa Cruz he helped set up a center for Hispanic studies at Bethany College, a private four-year college. Paul has supervised congregations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington and has served on the National Christian Education Board. He is one of only three executive officers of the Pacific Latin American District of the Asambleas de Dios, an Hispanic focused organization of nearly 50,000 followers and 700 clergy. Paul was also a California Highway Patrolman from 1966 to ’72. Besides his “daily law enforcement duties” he also visited public schools to conduct safety lectures. His career in organized religion started in 1966. He was the leader of King’s Conquerors, a bilingual Christian music group. They traveled throughout the Southwest giving concerts. In1982 he left the concert stage to become associate pastor of Templo de la Cruz, a church in Hayward. From 1996 to 2000 he was the associate pastor of Manteca’s Family Life Center. For San Joaquin County he was an Affirmative Action officer from 1973 to ’88. Part of his job was preparing English and Spanish recruitment and examination materials. He also made sure contractors followed the Affirmative Action guidelines and handled labor grievances, helped with salary negotiations, oral board examination and many other important functions. Paul “impacted many Latinos by advocating for the employment of people of color, especially Hispanics.” He continues his fight for equality as the Assistant Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at San Joaquin Delta College. From ’86 to ’92 Paul was the director of Educational Services for the Pacific Latin American District (PLAD). He was responsible for “organization, operation, program development, selection of staff, needs assessment of different entities and training of education personnel throughout the southwestern states that included 400 church congregations.” He also “designed and prepared teacher certification programs, coordinated special events and promotional activities” and developed a public information program for TV and radio for multi-cultural and bilingual media.” In 1992 he was promoted to District Secretary-Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer for PLAD. He took care of financial and personnel matters. He also ran the training programs and supervised eight professional and technical staff members. Paul has also been the community/member Relations Manager of Health Plan of San Joaquin for 17 months (‘95-’96) and Senior Personnel Analyst/County Affirmative Action Officer for the San Joaquin County Human Resources Division for nearly two years (’96-‘98). Both jobs required him to “work with the ethnic community on issues of concern.”