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 are presently renovating 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 which 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.

The purpose of the First Presbyterian Church of Babylon is to love God and each other as we:


Worship the Lord through every aspect of our lives including worship services, work, and daily relationships.


Witness to our faith through our actions, service, conversations, and giving.


Grow in our faith through real-life relationships, prayer, study, work, families and friendships.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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Ministry Staff

Paul Gaug, Pastor                                                        Kerry Riddle, Seminary Student in Training                    Charles Alvarenga, Music Director                                 Taylor Hogan, Director of Youth Ministry
Lynda Gaug, Director of Children’s Ministry
Fran Renard, Organist
Liz Hamilton, Children's Ministry Assistant
Bethany Hamilton, Children's Ministry Assistant


Jeanette Bailey, Clerk of Session
Rob Laing, Moderator of Board of Deacons

Support Staff

Barbara Moody, Administrative Assistant
Alice Cloherty, Bookkeeper
Jeff Dein, Sexton
Derek Kudrle, Custodian Assistant