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New Hispanic Ministries Director Joins Pennsylvania Conference

The Pennsylvania Conference leadership team welcomes Pastor Gabriel Montalvo as the new conference Hispanic Ministries director. Juan Lopez, the previous director, retired this summer.

Story by Tamyra Horst, Pennsylvania Conference

Gabriel MontalvoMontalvo is not new to ministry in Pennsylvania. Beginning as a lay pastor in 1996, he has pastored the Philadelphia Hispanic #4, Hispanic ll, Lehigh Valley Hispanic, Bethlehem Hispanic and Easton El Camino churches and the El Faro mission group in the Lehigh Valley. He currently pastors the Grace Hispanic and Frazer Hispanic churches as well as the South Philly Hispanic, Kennett Square Hispanic and Philadelphia Youth Connect companies in the Philadelphia area.

Although he received an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy, Montalvo says he felt God leading him to pastoral ministry. He later earned bachelor degrees in
religion, personal ministry and theology from Atlantic Union College (Mass.), and is currently working on a master’s in pastoral ministry from Andrews University (Mich.).

As a pastor, evangelist and church planter, Montalvo’s vision for Hispanic ministry is “to engage children, youth and adults in hastening Jesus’ second coming by revealing Jesus while making disciples.”

Montalvo and his wife, Ana, have three children, Gabriel ll, Aaron and Diana; a daughter-in-law, Emily; and a granddaughter, Madison. A second granddaughter, Isabel, is due in October.

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