The staff and volunteers in the Church leadership provide an amazing pool of talented people who are passionate about the work of LAPC and its impact on their own lives and those of their loved ones and the Community. We are grateful to those who give so much and make LAPC the special place that it is.
Guest Preacher Series
A Variety of Voices in the Pulpit Each Sunday
The Church has launched a series of powerful Guest Preachers for Sunday Worship services while the search for an Interim Pastor is underway. Each Sunday a different Preacher will deliver a message of the day. The Guest Preacher will be joined by Liturgists and our amazing Ministry of Music. We will announce the Guest Preacher for each Sunday in the weekly newsletter, which you can sign-up for at the bottom of this web page.
The search has begun for an Interim Pastor. (Read the Job Description). This is a full-time position for a dynamic person to lead the Congregation in its search for a called Pastor. This process has many crucial steps involving Church Leadership and the entire Congregation, with guidance from the Interim Pastor.
The Church’s former Pastor, Rev. David NunnTelfort, stepped down at the end of August 2021. Having married Rev. Candice NunnTelfort in May, he made the decision to resign and relocate to Evanston, Illinois. At the time of announcing his resignation, Rev. NunnTelfort said, “I am only leaving because it is the right decision for me and my spouse to be.” Installed as Pastor of LAPC in November 2017, Rev. NunnTelfort was only the eighth installed Pastor in the Church’s 164 year history. We are extremely grateful for his time here with us at LAPC, and we wish him and his spouse peace and blessings every day of their lives.
J. David Williams
Director of Music and Organist
Fascinated by the thick, sonorous orchestral sound of the 1923 Austin organ at his childhood church of First Baptist in Paris, TN, J. David Williams began self-study of the organ in junior high school due to a lack of organ teachers in the area. Since then, he has become one of the most gifted organists and musical talents in all New York City. In addition to serving as Director of Music at LAPC, he is Music Director at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan. Learn more here: www.jdavidwilliams.com
Director, The Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble
Since 2001, Janis Russell has been the Director of the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble, a multi-racial, interfaith choir based out of LAPC. She is also a nationally known jazz and blues singer in her own right. She is most known for her moving contralto tones, but her vocal range spans from soprano to baritone, and she is equally comfortable in jazz, gospel, country, and classical. Janis is also a songwriter and arranger, and has worked as a studio musician, recording jingles and background vocals.
Sunday School Supervisor
Also known as Ruling elders, Session members work in collaboration with the Pastor to handle the responsibilities for the life of a congregation. They ensure ministries function well, worship continues and serve as stewards of the business of the church (similar to a corporation’s “Board of Directors”).
Years shown indicate when terms expire.
Clerk of Session
James E. Browne
Patrice Galimore Weiss
Wanda Y. Rivera-Harris
In collaboration with the Pastor, Deacons provide pastoral care to the congregation and foster an environment of welcome to new and current community members.
Years shown indicate when terms expire.
Deacon Team Leader
Charles Williamson Jr.
Our community of faith is led by the members of the congregation.
These committees reflect the commitment we have to supporting you, your family and our community. Interested in joining one? Click on the links below to send an email to learn more.
The LAPC Prayer Team is a group of LAPC members who meet together each week to support the needs of our church, local, national and international community through collaborative congregational and community prayer.
To learn more, contact the Leaders of the Prayer Team, Peaches Diamond and Ivy Metz
Worship and Music Committee
The Worship and Music committee helps to plan, inspire and innovate worship at LAPC. The committee signs up congregant liturgists for each Sunday, communicates any feedback, coordinates with the Sunday School for participation in service and so much more! It’s a treasured gift that we share with God and one another as a spiritual expression of our faith.
To learn more, contact the Committee Chairs, Cara Brownell and Janis Russell
The Usher Team
The team of ushers are an important part of the worship service, as they prepare the sanctuary, greet and welcome all who attend, making sure that everyone receives a bulletin, name tag, and is seated comfortably. They spot new faces and encourage them to sign the Guest Book and they participate in the offering. The Ushers are there to help, if there is a problem.
To learn more, contact the Leader of the Usher Team, Dorene Christmas
Our growing Christian Education ministry aims to enhance the LAPC experience for youth and adults of all ages by offering targeted learning opportunities and various programs in an inviting and engaging manner. Children benefit tremendously from having a church home that offers an engaging set of learning and social opportunities and adults benefit when sharing their faith journey as they discuss the Bible and the teachings of Jesus in their daily lives.
To learn more, contact the Committee Chair, Lynn Stirrup
Social Justice Committee
The overall purpose of LAPC Social Justice Outreach is to identify issues, campaigns and work that directly impact the most marginalized populations of Fort Greene, Brooklyn and beyond. Working with our Pastor, the committee partners with local and national organizations to set priorities for action. We keep our congregation and the community informed on social justice issues. Our sanctuary is used as a meeting place and our volunteers currently work with churches and organizations across the U.S.
To learn more, contact the Committee Chair, Jerome Sauvage
Financial and Administrative Committees
Several Committees work with the Session and Rev. Telfort to ensure the smooth operations of the Church, ensuring its financial health, overseeing our personnel and managing our outreach and communications. The Finance Committee monitors the church finances, generates monthly income and expense reports to the Session, leads the annual budget process, oversees the annual audit, and engages in long-term planning to project future revenues and expenditures. Members also tally the Sunday collection, cut checks and make deposits. The Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Pastor are members of this committee and others are welcome to join.
To learn more, contact the Committee Chairs, Wanda Lay and Sandra Long
The mission of the Stewardship committee is to fundraise for the annual operations and long-term capital and investment needs of the Church by engaging the congregation in financial support of the church, building membership, applying for grants and using all of our assets and skills both material and personal toward that end.
To learn more, contact the Committee Co-chairs, Deb Howard and Katie Kelleher
This committee of the Session proposes and implements personnel policies and guides the Pastor in oversight of the staff. They make personnel recommendations when necessary and ensure a safe, productive working environment for the church’s small but mighty team of employees.
To learn more, contact the Committee Chair, Kara Sulmasy