Funeral Services for Rabbi Linda Gutierrez, 69, of Lone Star, Texas will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 2pm in the Cpt. Wm. Perry Chapel of Haggard Funeral Home with Rabbi Daniel Vargas officiating under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery. A time of Visitation will be held an hour prior on Saturday, April 22,2023, from 1-2pm in the Cpt. Wm. Perry Chapel of Haggard Funeral Home.
Rabbi Linda Gutierrez was born on April 7, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan. She was a Marion County Resident for nearly 10 years, and Rabbi of Bethel Temple Fellowship, a Messianic Jewish Congregation. She passed away on April 16, 2023, in Longview, TX. At the time of her death, she was 69 years old, having celebrated her 69th birthday a week prior to her passing. She was surrounded by her family when she entered into the presence of the Lord.
Rabbi Linda’s work in ministry spanned over 50 years as she and her husband, Pastor Bob Gutierrez, traveled across the United States and foreign countries, spreading the gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) to thousands of people. Countries visited included: Columbia, Malawi, Mexico, Puerto Rico, three trips to Israel, Guatemala, The Netherlands, and 48 of the 50 United States. During her time in Malawi, God blessed her with the opportunity to share the gospel with the High Commissioner’s wife, as well as Lazarus Chakwera, who is now the current President of Malawi.
Of special note, while ministering in Malawi, she had the privilege to minister to multiple tribal Princes and Princesses.
During their years of ministry, Rabbi Linda was featured on The TBN Network, as well as Daystar Television. Rabbi Linda also created “Esther’s House”, a women's outreach center.
Linda Gutierrez was ordained “Ministry of Pastor” in 2009 with Beth Israel Jewish Ministries International by Rabbi Daniel Vargas. In 2016, Rabbi Vargas ordained her as Rabbi during Sukkot, and she became the first female Messianic Rabbi through Beth Israel JMI. Her total years under Beth Israel JMI were 14 years.
In recent years, Rabbi Linda was integral in reviving the Jewish roots of our faith in Yeshua. In Jefferson, TX, she led the re-dedication of the former Hebrew Sinai Synagogue. As part of this, the ark was opened for the first time in 100 years, and once again, the Torah occupied its rightful place in a building originally built to worship Adonai.
Throughout her storied ministry, she preached a consistent message no matter where she ministered. That was to lead souls to Yeshua, so that they may be saved. Her compassion for lost souls, the hurting, and the disenfranchised, was self-evident. She poured everything she had into the service of our Lord Yeshua. Her commitment to preaching the uncompromised Gospel was a hallmark of her entire ministerial career.
Rabbi Linda loved her family and would do anything for her grandbabies. She loved the members of her congregation deeply. The highlight of her week was weekly Shabbat services and celebrating the Feasts of the Lord.
Rabbi Linda is survived by her Husband Bob Gutierrez, Daughter Lynnette Antoinette Bonner, Son Robert BJ Gutierrez, Son-in-law Hunter Bonner I., Daughter-in-law Jennifer Gutierrez, grandchildren Alexis Bonner, Olivia Gutierrez, Hunter Bonner II., and Christian Gutierrez. She is also survived by her faithful armor bearer and niece, Darlann Rubio, as well as all the faithful members of Bethel Temple Fellowship Congregation, whom she loved as her own. Surviving Siblings are Darlene Sillanpaa, Phyllis Russell, Grace Perez, Darylann Wamble, Joel Garcia, and Aaron Garcia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Luz Garcia, Beatrice Garcia, and brother Robert Garcia.
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