Glenn K. Gunderson Jr. is lead pastor of the 5,000-member Purpose Church in Pomona, California (formerly known as First Baptist Church of Pomona). Purpose Church has experienced remarkable growth under his leadership and now has ten worship experiences at five campuses in three states, in three languages – and also an online campus.
Glenn grew up in Prince George, Virginia and graduated from Wheaton College in Chicago and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. He was senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Homer, New York (now Grace Christian Fellowship) for twelve years from 1981 – 1993.
Glenn’s first love in life, outside of Jesus, is his wife, Kimberly and six adult children (four of whom are adopted), two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren. His wife, Kimberly, is a dynamic Bible teacher and speaker. She was born and raised in upstate New York and graduated with a history degree from Boston University and received a Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies with Children-at-Risk from Fuller Theological Seminary. Four years ago, Kimberly launched the New Community Vocational Academy in Pomona. She is currently the Executive Director of the school.
Glenn has written a book entitled “Biblical Antidotes to Life’s Toxins,” which is filled with practical advice from the Bible for dealing with life’s toxins – stress, loneliness, anger, discouragement, jealousy, etc. He is currently writing a new book on “Fourth Quarter Fumbles” with the subtitle “Keys to Finishing Well.”
Matthew 6:33 is a powerful scripture in Pastor Glenn’s life. He says, “When I trust God enough to pursue His agenda for my life first, it’s amazing how everything else falls into place!”
In his “off time” Glenn enjoys reading, running/walking, weightlifting (don’t laugh!), and family time with his wife and children.