Pastor Gary Mills

Spanish Language Ministry


Contact Pastor Gary

Phone | 212-665-2504

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Office Hours | Varies. Drop-ins welcome, but appointments recommended.


What do you do at Advent?

My primary portfolio is as pastor to the Spanish-speaking community, but I work with the Senior Pastor and the Congregation Council in all areas of Advent's mission and ministry.


Why do you do what you do?

As an ordained pastor of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) the call is vocation. A Lutheran congregation does not generally function without a called pastor to preach, teach and preside in accordance with the Lutheran Confessions. It is as a called pastor to Advent that my work matters. My vision and goal is for the continued growth of the congregation through faith-filled,theologically sound, and welcoming worship, as well as the proclamation of Jesus Christ through our various social ministries.


Why Advent?

As one of Advent's called pastors, the primary importance of our community is that all are fed with the Word of God and the Sacraments of the Church. Our congregational community is diverse, socially active, and always willing to reach out in service to those around us, serving God through serving neighbor in a multitude of ways.


Talk to me about

Latino ministry, immigration resources, after-school programming, Adult Conversations on Sunday Mornings, and the Diakonia program. Also, history (especially American, Greek, and European), classical music, opera, genealogical research, woodworking, Tanzania, and baking.


When I'm not at Advent, you'll most likely find me

At the tri-lingual congregational I also serve in Brooklyn, visiting members, worship planning, and working with various committees and leaders in the church.

Pastor Gary Mills is from Benson, Minnesota. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Linguistics from San Marcos University in Lima, Perú, a Bachelor of Music/Organ Performance degree with a minor in Harpsichord performance, as well as a Master of Sacred Music/Organ Performance degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Old Testament Studies. Pr. Mills did his internship at Trinity Lutheran in Brooklyn, under the supervision of our very own Pastor James Sudbrock. He served as Pastor-Developer for Iglesia Luterana Sta. María-St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Chicago, Pastor-Developer for Advent Lutheran Church in the Bronx, and Pastor-Developer for Iglesia Luterana de Cristo-Christ Lutheran Church in Freeport, New York before being called to serve as Assistant to the Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod in 1996, where he worked until coming to Advent in 2012.


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Pastor James Sudbrock

Pastoral Associate

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Leroy Tucker

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Frank Martignetti

Director of Music

Kevin Bowen

Director of Communications & Youth Ministry

Linda Kelly

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Laura Jara

Building Beautifier

Aaron Wunsch

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