In 1730 a group of Christ’s followers “joined together to be the church” which was to become The First Presbyterian Church of Babylon. They built a place of worship on a piece of land just west of what today is Island Gastroenterology Consultants on South Country Road (now Montauk Highway) in West Islip. Surnames of early members of the church are the namesakes of streets, parks and historical sites: Conklin, Muncey, Weeks, Wickes, Howell, Sammis, and Higbie.

The Revolutionary War brought British soldiers to the area. After using the house of worship for a barracks, the British tore it down in 1778, transporting the lumber to the Town of Hempstead where it was used to build living quarters for military personnel. Since then we have built four church buildings (all still in use!) and recently renovated the third as a fellowship and hospitality hall. The Church House on Main Street, the oldest building in Babylon Village, was built in 1783.

The church has been a witness to Christ in the South Bay area of Long Island through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and all the major historical events of the 19th, 20th and now the 21st centuries.

The enduring gospel of Jesus is now as relevant as ever!

Today the church is focused on being a family that reaches beyond our walls.  A vibrant church is about people in the middle of daily living.  With a great gratitude to older generations, our church family is becoming younger and more impassioned to reach the world around us.  40% of our membership has joined us in the last five years. We would love to have you visit us!

Our mission is to make loving, outward-focused followers of Christ.  

Our vision is to be a Christ-centered church family that fosters deeper relationships with God and each other as we reach beyond the walls of the church.

BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the Word of God and our guide to daily living.

COMMUNITY

We reaffirm our need to gather together and to care for one another. We are family.

DIRECTION

We acknowledge the presence of God’s Spirit for direction and the power to carry out His will.

ALL GENERATIONS

We are committed to a strong ministry with and for children and youth, as well as adults of all ages, to know and to love God and to be obedient to His will.

WITNESS

We believe it is our responsibility to equip our members to be thoughtful witnesses of their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That includes attitudes and good conversations.

MISSIONS

We accept the challenge of our Lord to “go into all the world and preach the gospel”. We are a missions-minded church. We recognize our responsibility to respond to human need locally, nationally, and globally.

WHOLE PERSON

We believe it is the responsibility of the church to attend to the spiritual and physical needs of its members, caring for the whole person in a loving relationship. Jesus Christ enables us to have a right relationship with God and engages all of life.

OUTWARD

We are here to serve our community and the world around us.
 

For more about what Presbyterians believe, see pcusa.org.

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Pastor

Paul Gaug

Pastor Paul has led the ministry at First Presbyterian Church for 5 years. He loves family, theater, movies, history, NBA, and going to NYC. Paul and his wife Lynda have two adult children -- daughter Melissa and her husband Taylor and two sons live in Chicago and son Andrew makes home in Kansas City.

Favorite food: steak and lemon meringue pie!

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Music

Director

Charles Alvarenga

Charles is married to Stephanie and grew up near Babylon in Wyandanch, NY. His desire is to see people experience Jesus’ love through music. Charles loves Stephanie, football, movies and concerts.

Church Bookkeeper:

Alice Cloherty

Clerk of Session:

Jeanette Bailey

Moderator of Deacons:

Rob Laing

Children’s Ministry Assistants:

Liz Hamilton, Bethany Hamilton, Debbie Quinn

Food Pantry Coordinator:

Susan Cunningham

Custodial Assistant:

Derek Kudrle

Steeple Clocks Assistant:

Chris Cullen

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Children’s Ministry Director

Lynda Gaug

Lynda is excited to share the good news of Jesus on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings at Kidzone, and in the summer with Mega Sports Camp. She also loves community outreach for special events at Halloween, Christmas and Easter. She is married to Pastor Paul Gaug. They have a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons in Chicago and a son in Kansas City, MO. Lynda loves her family, her cats, all kinds of music, seeing the wonderful theatre in the city and Long Island, and performing theatre as time allows.

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Pastoral Assistant

Kerry Riddle

Kerry is our new Pastoral Assistant as of July 1. She presently is a second-year student in the Master of Divinity program at the University of Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Most of Kerry’s classes are online. This new role will help Kerry to become familiar with the administrative side of parish ministry as she prepares to become a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The Pastoral Assistant position includes management of the church office, coordination of the Serving Our Savior feeding ministry (a weekly community dinner), and direction of youth ministry. Kerry retired from teaching in the Baldwin School system in June 2019. She is also a Commissioned Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is under care of the Presbytery of Long Island.

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Organist

Fran Renard

Fran is happy and feels so blessed to be involved with the music ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Babylon! For the past 24 years, she has served as organist and piano accompanist.

She and her husband John live in West Islip with their adult son Michael. Their daughter Carissa, lives in California. In addition to her enjoyment of music, Fran also loves to spend time with family and friends, take nature walks, read, and likes to garden.

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Custodian

Jeff Dein

Jeff’s official role is to help maintain this 200+ year old campus. His carpentry, plumbing and painting background help him to keep everything and everyone happy. He is married to Candy, who he met at First Pres! Jeff loves to chronicle the life of this church through taking pictures and videos. He is also glad that the Lord is allowing him to use these gifts to be a part of the revival/renaissance that is happening here right now. His favorite things to do are traveling anywhere with Candy, taking selfies (with Candy) and observing His wonderful creation.