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Physicist-turned-pastor to lead First Presbyterian Church in Roswell


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The Rev. John Guthrie has been called to serve as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Roswell beginning today. Guthrie comes to Roswell from Los Alamos. He has also served churches in Utah and Colorado. He received his seminary training at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, graduating in 2006.

The Rev. John Guthrie

Guthrie discerned a call to pastoral ministry after a career in physics, having received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1989. He served two postdoctoral appointments and then taught physics at the University of Central Oklahoma.

“People sometimes ask how it happened that I made such an unusual and striking change of vocation,” Guthrie said. “The first and most relevant answer is that the Holy Spirit did that.”

Guthrie’s strengths and passions in ministry center around equipping evangelists, building disciples, leading Bible studies, developing generous givers, and strengthening the local church.

Guthrie has been married to Nancy Guthrie for 36 years. They have two biological and two adopted children, all grown and scattered across the country. They have one grandchild. Guthrie is the executive director of a small nonprofit organization in Santa Fe.

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“I am looking forward to beginning work with the saints of First Presbyterian Church,” said Guthrie. “I anticipate many opportunities to work with them, as guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to promote vitality and growth in the congregation and to enhance the church’s service to the Roswell community.”

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