In 1730 a group of Christ’s followers “joined together to be the church” which was to become The First Presbyterian Church of Babylon, Long Island. 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 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 Civil War 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!

Presently we are recalibrating our ministries with an expanded staff, renovated facilities, and new opportunities to grow in our faith. We have also established a new mission outreach to the people of Haiti. We continue to have a vibrant ministry to the homeless of the area as well as expanded ministries to children, young families, youth and seniors, and sports-oriented folks.

We are a church family devoted to building relationships with God and with each other. We are here to serve our community and, really, the world.  We love skeptics, doubters, and those passionate for a big perspective on life.

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 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

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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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Youth

Director

Taylor Hogan

Seminary Student in Training:

Kerry Riddle

Food Pantry Coordinator:

Susan Cunningham

Custodial Assistant:

Derek Kudrle

Steeple Clocks Assistant:

Chris Cullen

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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.