Pastor Gunnar served in the United States Navy from July 5, 1993 to March 5, 2005 when he was honorably discharged from the service. He is thankful for the lifelong friends and memories in the SEAL teams as they were used to shape him into the man he is today.
In May 2007, Pastor Gunnar was invited to take on the task of revitalizing Valley Baptist Church. After much prayer, Gunnar with the support of his wife Anna, took a leap of faith and decided to take on the mission God had placed before them. Gunnar wasted no time getting involved in the community taking advantage of every opportunity to serve. Gunnar volunteers as a board member with the Valley Center Cemetery District and is very involved with the Escondido Police Department as a chaplain.
Pastor Gunnar came to know Christ while serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL here in San Diego. His story was featured on KFMB-TV Channel 8 and ABC's Channel 10 News. His life story was also recorded on "Unshackled!" and is available to listen to here if you would like to learn more about Pastor Gunnar's testimony:
Following his service in the Navy, he earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a Master's of Divinity from Southern California Seminary. Gunnar has completed doctoral work at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Gunnar and his wife Anna have been married since 2002. Anna was born and raised in a Christian home and enjoyed growing up as a “missionary kid” in southern Spain. Her father, Pastor John Hilton, is currently the Senior Pastor of The Chapel at Grossmont in La Mesa, Ca. Gunnar and Anna are the proud and happy parents of their four wonderful children, Grace, Elizabeth, Gideon and Titus.
If you are interested in learning more about Pastor Gunnar, or would like to inquire about having him speak at your event, please go to the "SEAL Pastor" website.