Vision Statement

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church is a Christian community dedicated to growing the personal faith of its members, strengthening the support and connection between its members and becoming a religious resource in its urban neighborhood surroundings.  Financially sound and open to dynamic change, Gustavus Adolphus will thrive through a foundation of service to Christ and a commitment to spiritual development and outreach.


Our church staff is led by Pastor Harvard.

Witnesses to the Gospel Members of GA
 Preschool Director Misa Anderson
 Minister of Music Cantor Dwight Weaver
 Deacon Deacon Camille Holman
 Pastor Pastor Stephanie Kershner
 Deacons John Ogren, Berthe Razafindramaro, Camille Holman, and Stephen Bennett
 Parish Administrator Gabriela (Gaby) Ruiz

Church Council

Our Church Council Executive Committee:

President Jeanne Matson
Vice President Stephen Bennett
Treasurer  Marc Schultz
Secretary  Volana Rakotomihamina


Additional Church Council members:
  • Bruce Faulk
  • Tom Lopez
  • Alexandra Lutz
  • Esther Sinaga
  • Kerry Stahl

Open Arms Preschool

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is a school founded on the philosophy that play is a child's vehicle for learning. We view learning as a natural and ongoing process, occurring as we interact with our environment, and we view each child as an individual who develops and discovers in their own ways. Building meaningful relationships between teacher and child, and among other children, is central to the work we do.


The HKBP NYC worships at GA every Sunday at 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary, and following the service meets in the social hall for refreshments. All are welcome to worship. Worship uses the liturgy of the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan of Indonesia, and uses Bahasa Indonesia, the national language of Indonesia, and also Bahasa Batak, the language of the Batak people.

Read more: Batak

YoPROs at GA

GA is blessed with a large group of young adults/professionals (YoPros) many who have relocated to NYC and have found meaningful community in this congregation.  They are active at worship, in service projects, and enjoy great fellowship events throughout the week.  For more information contact Lucas Mietlowski: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Gustavus Adolphus currently serves an ethnically diverse and vibrant community, ministering to people living throughout New York City and the surrounding areas.  Founded in 1865, GA was first organized to serve the floods of Swedish immigrants pouring into Manhattan.  In the history section, you will find photos, links, and a timeline related to GA's rich heritage.

Read more: History


Support GA! We now can accept your donation online. Support GA with a one time or recurring donation from our page at Vanco Services.  Or you can support GA via Paypal or Venmo.  Read more here.

ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge

As church we are called to confess the sin of racism, condemn the ideology of white supremacy and strive for racial justice and peace. Beyond statements and prayers, we are also called to act and respond to injustices. We invite you to commit to anti-racist actions at


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Daily Bible Verse

  • Ezekiel 3:16-21

    21If, however, you warn the righteous not to sin, and they do not sin, they shall surely live, because they took warning; and you will have saved your life.

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