Network of Women Ministers

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Who We Are

  • A professional and relational community for women holding, pursuing, or considering credentials.
  • A fellowship of the Southern California District Council of the Assemblies of God.

What We Do

"Connecting women called by God”

  • We affirm the call of God in the lives of women ministers
  • We seek to facilitate and resource women as they pursue their callings

What We Value

Connection: We are diverse in callings, gifts, cultures, marital status, and journeys, yet are members of one Body. We believe that friendship, shared life experience, and praying together promote stronger, healthier persons and ministries. We seek to create opportunities for women in ministry to build relationships with each other.

Credentials: We encourage women in ministry to pursue credentials as a tangible sign of commitment to vocational ministry, accountability to authority, and credibility in having diligently prepared for ministry.

Participation: We encourage women ministers to participate in the community of believers -- in their churches, sections, and District. As women ministers participate at every level, it increases effective ministry and visibility. Increased visibility serves two purposes: promoting open doors for women in ministry and providing role models for young women in our congregations and universities who feel the call of God on their lives.

Enrichment: We advocate professional and personal growth for women in ministry and strive to provide opportunities and resources to help them reach their God-given potential.

How We Do This

Connections: Regularly scheduled meetings to provide opportunities to connect and be challenged Connections-plus: Connection meetings in varied geographical areas of the SoCal District Communications: Social media, email, and website and other available means Resources: Events, publications, links, and articles to enhance ministry and personal growth

Leadership History

On November 28, 2006 the Executive Presbytery of the Southern California Assemblies of God voted unanimously to recognize the Network of Women Ministers Fellowship and accept our Articles of Fellowship. SoCal Network of Women Ministers Fellowship and its officers are amenable to the office of the District Superintendent. SoCal Network of Women Ministers Officers are elected by the Network of Women Ministers membership. (Voting membership is “all credentialed women ministers holding accredited fellowship certificates from the General Council, including those holding Ordained, License to Preach, and Certified Minister credentials from the Southern California District Council”.) The President, by virtue of office, also serves as a Presbyter. The Female Representative Executive Presbyter is nominated by the Network of Women Ministers membership and elected by the entire District Council.

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Leadership Team

Network of Women Ministers President, Sandy Lopes

Sandy is  ordained with the Assemblies of God and currently serves as the President of So Cal Network of Women Ministers. Sandy received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanguard University, is a certified life coach and holds a CATC III certification for alcohol and drug counseling.

Currently she works part time as an Administrative Assistant and serves on the Women’s Ministry team at His Place Church, Westminster. She  has served in full time ministry for over 20 plus years.

Sandy is the founder of Puzzlepieces Ministry  where she does pastoral care. She is a lover of people, passionate about  encouraging others, helping them reach their God given potential to get set free from life controlling issues.
Sandy is a speaker and teacher of God’s word  who infuses hearts  for Jesus.

Network of Women Ministers Vice President, Kimberly Baldwin Bui
Contact: kbui@socalnetwork.org

As a campus missionary for over 20 years, Kimberly has served on various teams at regional & national levels. She uses her creative genius to inspire students to minister to other cultures, help women find their place in leadership, & coach young leaders. Whether you meet her in the rural hills of Haiti, or in Beverly Hills, she will challenge you to live beyond traditional expectations!

Network of Women Ministers Treasurer, Tatiana Urbina
Contact: turbina@socalnetwork.org

Tatiana Urbina is a certified minister with the Assemblies of God, and also holds a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from Azusa Pacific University. She discovered a passion for youth in 2011 and led the youth ministry at New Life AG, Duarte for 5 years. She's currently attending Desert Reign in Downey with her husband and two young daughters. She's very excited to be serving on the NWM team to show support and encouragment to her fellow female ministers!

Network of Women Ministers Secretary, Nicky Stade
Contact: nstade@socalnetwork.org

Nicky Stade is the NWM Secretary, serving as a pastor on staff at Calvary Assembly of God in Lomita (Region 9). She has been married to her husband, Jason, since 1999 and together they have three awesome teenagers. Nicky has a passion to help people of all ages realize their value and find their calling, then empower them to step out of their comfort zones and walk down the path that God has prepared for them.

Karla_webFemale Representative Executive Presbyter: Karla Gutel
Contact: kgutel@socalnetwork.org

Karla Gutel has faced many experiences in her life’s journey and has found in every situation that Jesus is more than enough. She presents a fresh, candid approach in ministry. Karla married Jim Gutel in 1974 on her twenty-first birthday and they began their life and ministry together. She graduated as a registered nurse from the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Nursing in 1975 and with a BA in Religion from Vanguard University in 1984.

In 1984 she and Jim went to Thailand as appointed Assemblies of God missionaries with their two children. Karla was ordained to the ministry in 1989. In 1997 a tragic accident changed the course of their lives and they became parents to five more children aged 2 years to 10 years old. The Gutels then became home missionaries, ministering to the many ethnic groups that have settled here in Southern California. Her children have grown; her oldest son, Joseph and his family are now on staff at Covina Assembly of God, Her oldest daughter has her doctorate in psychology, and serves as the director of the student counseling center at Vanguard University. Two of the children are also involved in ministry after graduating from Assembly of God Universities, one as a youth pastor, and the other as a MA in the country of Ethiopia. The two youngest are attending Vanguard University preparing for their own call to the ministry. Karla is the proud grandmother to Jubilee, Luke, Theophilus, and Noah.

She serves with her husband Jim, as an Assemblies of God U.S. Missionary. They have founded the SoCal School of Ministry that has over 700 students studying to complete their requirements for credentialing within the Assemblies of God. In 2010, Karla was elected as the first woman to the Executive Presbytery of the SoCal District Assemblies of God. In addition to duties as an Executive Presbyter, she represents the women of Southern California who are credentialed. Karla’s ministry also includes sharing with others how to find victory and joy in the face of difficulty.

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Name: Women in Ministry
Phone: (949) 252-8400
Fax: (949) 252-8435
Address: 17951 Cowan Irvine, CA 92614