About Us

First Church of Brooklyn is an intentionally inclusive and diverse Christian community committed to serving God in our world.

As followers of Christ, we seek to:

  • Be a fountain of spiritual and emotional comfort for all people;
  • Glorify God through music and song;
  • Be joyful participants in the worship and life of our community;
  • Be ambassadors and activists for peace and justice in the world;
  • Provide for the physical needs of those within our church, community and world;
  • Be models for our children and youth to be compassionate citizens of the world; and,
  • Be stewards of our financial blessings and foster congregational growth.

At First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, all people are loved and fed. We are dedicated to deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ and one another, supporting each other’s growth, and working towards a world on earth as it is in heaven. We celebrate the many ways our members express their Christian identities while also holding value for our century’s old traditions. We make space for members of all ages and backgrounds to participate in our life together, from leadership, to social action, to the arts, to ways we have yet to dream up. Together we creatively shape our community. We believe that to be a Christian is to do something different – to be a Christian is to love.

Our ministry in Brooklyn and beyond strives for a world that works for everyone, a place where we all get to live into the calling God has placed in our hearts regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, immigration status, religion, physical and mental ability or any other identifier that seeks to separate us from God and one another.

We welcome and seek diverse representation in church leadership. All persons are invited to participate fully in the life of the church.

Leadership

Church Staff

Victor Forde

Victor Forde

Building Care Manager

Victoria Goff

Victoria Goff

Youth Choir Director

Amy Neuner

Amy Neuner

Minister of Music

Matt Podd

Matt Podd

Instrumentalist / Music Arranger

Anne Solages

Anne Solages

Church Administrator

Rev. Dr. April Stace

Rev. Dr. April Stace

Minister for Formation

Rev. Adriene Thorne

Rev. Adriene Thorne

Senior Minister

History

First Church Brooklyn was established in Brooklyn in 1822 and has been in continuous existence ever since. Our original building was a few blocks away on Orange Street between Henry and Hicks. We sold that property to Plymouth Church in the 1840s and constructed our current building at 124 Henry Street in 1846. The building was occupied in 1847. Read more about the history of the church.

Governance

First Church Brooklyn is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the largest Presbyterian denomination in the nation, whose presence in the U.S. (descended from the Church of Scotland) traces back to the early 1700s. The Session leads our local church. They are an elected body of Ruling Elders who serve our community for three-year terms along with the Senior Minister, who serves as moderator of Session. Our Senior Minister is the Teaching Elder and serves our community for as long as he or she holds the position of Senior Minister. Various committees support the ministry of our church in partnership with the Session.

The Corporation

The Corporation of the church is responsible for the church property. Corporate officers are elected to serve The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Subject to the direction of the Session, our corporate officers have general charge of church operations, affairs and property. They see to it that all resolutions of the Session are carried out and they perform other duties that the Session may assign.