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 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.
Building Care Manager
Minister of Music
Media and Technical Director
Instrumentalist / Music Arranger
Rev Danila Corinne Noble
Reverend Danila Corinne Noble,
I am a lifelong Presbyterian who grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania. I attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and after teaching music at Wasatch Academy (PCUSA) in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, I attended Princeton Theological Seminary, Westminster Choir College (lessons and continuing ed classes), Columbia Theological Seminary, and Drew Theological School. I served as music director at several churches for 25 years and served 7 congregations over 33 years as installed associate pastor, interim associate pastor, installed pastor and head of staff, and interim pastor and head of staff.
Making music with others is one of my passions and I am currently a member of the Queer Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band and the Queer Big Apple Corps Marching Band. I am married to Karen Noble who is a Presbyterian deacon and elder, who recently moderated the presbytery council for the Newark Presbytery and was trained in Conflict Transformation by the Synod of the Northeast. Karen is currently an executive coach and a veteran triathlete.
We live in Brooklyn, and love to cook and bake, read novels and newspapers, explore and study positive psychology, enjoy travel, and entertain family and friends. We have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren living in Chicago, Tucson, Brooklyn, and Bonnut, France
Anne grew up in Haiti and immigrated to the United Stated in her early twenties. She is a graduate of Medgar Evers College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Prior to accepting her position at First Church Brooklyn, Anne worked for nine years at The Riverside Church in Manhattan in three positions –first, as the Administrative Assistant for Worship, then Membership/Stewardship Associate, and finally as a Staff Accountant. Anne oversees the First Church Brooklyn office operations and human relations. She also provides administrative and financial support to the pastor, session, and church treasurer. Annie impresses everyone with her skills in worship planning, membership database management, stewardship, and accounting as well as her strong interpersonal skills. She is married with two teenage children. Anne loves spending time with her family, dancing, learning new things, exploring and traveling.
Conor (they/them) majored in Biblical Studies at George Fox University in Newberg, OR, graduating in 2017. After earning their Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2020, they pastored a UCC church in Woodbridge, NJ before joining us as our Outreach Minister early in 2023. Their present roles include leading worship, preaching, coordinating the pastoral care team, organizing our homeless ministry, and facilitating adult education programming. All of their work is meant to be an expression of their gratitude for the resurrecting grace of God, and is guided by the conviction that the Gospel means the spiritual and material liberation of the world.
They have published and presented numerous projects in the field of biblical studies through publications such as the Journal of Religion and Violence and The Journal of Women and Criminal Justice, and at professional academic conferences like the Society for Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. They have taught many adult education classes on topics ranging from police and prison abolition, to the question of theodicy, and the biblical reading practices of Nicaraguan socialist revolutionaries. They are currently working on a book project that explores the use of the Bible in U.S. policing culture.
As Outreach Minister, Conor is always looking forward to new connections toward solidarity in this Gospel work, and is deeply passionate about developing healthy and healing pastoral relationships with anyone seeking kindness and care and the mutuality of life in the Beloved Community.
Instrumentalist / Music Arranger
Matt is a pianist, composer, arranger, and music director based in Brooklyn, NY. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Ithaca College. As a pianist Matt specializes in jazz, gospel, pop, musical theatre, and choral accompaniment. He has appeared on stage with some of New York City’s finest musicians at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Symphony Space, and the 92nd Street Y.
He has worked on stage and behind the scenes as an arranger and orchestrator for such world-class acts as Barbra Streisand, Dave Matthews, Darlene Love, the Boston Pops, New York Pops, Philadelphia Pops, Toronto Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Steve Van Zandt, Little Big Town, Reneé Fleming, Joshua Bell, Kurt Elling, Jason Robert Brown, Gregory Porter, Capathia Jenkins, Montego Glover, Sy Smith, Darren Criss, Stephanie J. Block, Brian D’arcy James, the Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Time for Three, SHEL, Jake Shimabukuro, Stephen Kellogg, Milton Delug, and many other artists, choirs, and ensembles.
His arrangements have been heard across America and throughout the world including performances at Carnegie Hall, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Symphony Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, P.B.S. the White House, Caramoor Music Festival, the 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space, and beyond.
Building Care Manager
Victor originated from Trinidad & Tobago and came to United States in 1998. He has been caring for the buildings and grounds of First Church Brooklyn since 2009. He came to First Church with many years of experience as a Diesel Mechanic and Building and Grounds assistant to St. Ann’s School. Victor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the congregation’s facilities. He acts as the superintendent of the Manse and the church building, assuring that the sanctuary is in proper condition for Sunday morning worship. Victor is married to Leslie Ann. He loves spending time with his blended family, playing rugby, and dancing some good socca at Carnival.
Media and Technology Director
Chris Neuner is a theatrical, music and media producer, composer and educator. He began at First Presbyterian Church in 2000 as bass player and in-house producer. In his tenure he released four choir albums and engineered a season of “America at worship” for the Oxygen tv network. He curated the installation of the pipe organ, PA system and broadcast video infrastructure. At the outset of the pandemic he designed the current interactive video streaming broadcast system and produced over 200 hours of worship content for FPC as well as videos used by the Presbytery of the Northeast and regional Synod.
Chris’ commercial productions include the immersive CocoaDios based on Mesoamerican chocolate mythology, Infertility the Musical That’s Hard to Conceive, “lyrical, poignant, hilarious” – The New York Times, music production in several genres including “the Kwanzaa song” recorded by gospel group, the Winans and the forthcoming LEADing Justice podcast feat Dr. Janet Bell.
As an educator Chris has designed degree programs in broadcast, music production and multimedia and is an adjunct faculty member at the school of audio engineering. He founded the FPC media internship program and has helped launch the careers of thousands of media professionals over his career. He consults with churches, schools and non-profits to design and operate media, live event and music recording facilities. He is married to minister of music Amy Neuner and has two adult children who grew up at FPC.
Minister of Music / Choir Director
Amy has been the Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn since 2001. She is also a high school choral director who has taught thousands of students over 27 years. Her emotion-based approach to music centers on the belief that music connects and opens minds and hearts if we are willing to be vulnerable, listen, and participate with wild abandon. You will often see her choirs conducting, dancing, or simply sitting still in observation and reflection, fully embodying the possible.
Amy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Master’s degree from Stonybrook University. Her youth choirs have won coveted awards such as “Best Gospel Choir” in the Pathmark Gospel Festival at the Apollo and “Featured Ensemble” at the Grammy Foundation’s “Grammy Bootcamp.” The First Presbyterian Church adult choir under her leadership, was named in WLIB’s “Top 10 best Gospel Choirs in NYC” in 2018, and also sings for the Derrick Bell lecture series (NYU) annually. In addition, Amy is the co-founder of the Park Avenue Armory’s Youth Corps ensemble, which focuses on student-driven work and building relationships through art. She believes that each person in an ensemble adds to the fullness of the experience and that shared experience brings us closer to God and each another.
She and her husband Chris met in a wedding band 30 years ago. They live on Long Island, NY with their 16-year-old twins and dog, Daisy.
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.
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 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.