THE CHURCH Archives Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. (1 Timothy 5:17)
Teaching Elder, Presbyter, Pastor Richard Tory MacDonald Faithfully served from October 9th, 2015 - Present
Teaching Elder, Presbyter, Pastor James R. Brosius Faithfully served from 1992-2013
Teaching Elder, Presbyter, Pastor Arthur Roy Christensen Faithfully served from 1985-1992
Teaching Elder, Presbyter, Pastor Robert E. Foster Faithfully served from 1945-1985
Teaching Elder, Presbyter, Pastor Charles De Woody Faithfully served from 1919-1939
Teaching Elder, Presbyter, Pastor Warren L. Steeves Faithfully served from 1914-1917
Teaching Elder, Presbyter, Pastor Joseph Y. Irwin Faithfully served from 1910-1913
Teaching Elder, Overseer, Pastor R P Ingersoll Faithfully Served from 1906-1909
Official Church Register of Ministers FROM THE BEGINNING
Official Register of Ministers who served THE CHURCH A Biblical House of Worship Under our Maiden Name First Baptist Church of Port Jervis from 1838-2020
W.H. Furton 1838-39
Samuel Barrett 1839-40
David Bennett 1843-44
Daniel F. Leach 1845-50 Elder Leach came from pastoring the Ten Mile River Baptist Church near Narrowsburg. He was the first Overseer of the new church building on Hudson Street. He authored several books including his most popular work, "It is Well with the Child."
John E. "Isaac" Reynolds 1850-51
John Lawton 1851-52
R. Bently 1852-53
E. Hancock 1853-54
Aaron Perkins 1854-55
Zetotus Grennell 1855-61 Elder Grennell had led several Baptist churches in the area by the time he was asked to preach the keynote sermon at at Greenville Baptist Church and at our church in 1838. His keynote sermon to us was from Psalm 133:1, How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. In that sermon, Elder Grennell reminded us, "It is easy to get married but quite a different matter to keep house." Elder Samuel Grennell gave the charge to the church and Elder William L. Moore extended the right hand of membership to the first members. Elder John B. Case gave the closing benediction. Elder Z. Grennell was acclaimed by the local newspaper as a man of marked ability and under his administration, the church grew in numbers and influence in the community.
William Gill 1862-63
C. Thompson 1863-65
H.S. Lloyd 1865-69
F.J.B. House 1869-70
William D. McKinney 1871-80 Elder McKinney was a graduate with honors from Spurgeon College, in London, England. His ordination to pastoral ministry took place in Port Jervis. Elder McKinney served as Overseer at First Baptist Port Jervis for nine years, almost double the longest pastorate at that time. During the summer of 1876, he exchanged pulpits with Rev. H. Rylands Brown of London, England, for a period of three months.
Alex McArthur 1880-81
William Willington 1881-84
C.A. Hare 1884-88
Shadrack Washington 1889-96 Elder Washington was a graduate of Rochester University and the Theological Seminary in Rochester. According to the Evening Gazette, Elder Washington was a man of great executive ability and an organizer, who spearheaded efforts to bring the congregation to financial stability. Six months later, the Pike Street church building burned and Elder Washington led the congregation as they built our current house of worship. His obituary state, "No man ever lived in this community whose character excited greater reverence, respect, and love than Mr. Washington." Meet Elder Washington's wife, Lucy Hall Washington.
E.T. Sanford 1897-1900
William E. Foote 1900-1905 A graduate of Colby College and Crozier Theological Seminary, Elder Foote served one year missionary in Minnesota, before coming to pastor Calvary Baptist Church in Warwick. New York. After another pastorate in Waverly, New York, Elder Foote came to Port Jervis to serve as our pastor, for five years to the day. Elder Foote was blessed with musical talent; he led the choir, had a fine tenor voice, and was an accomplished on the violin and coronet.
R.P. Ingersoll 1906-09
W.C. Gates 1909-10
J.Y. Irwin 1910-13
W.L. Steeves 1914-17
W. V. Allen 1917-18
Charles DeWoody 1919-39A graduate of Bucknell University and Colgate theological Seminary, Elder DeWoody was the captain of the first football team at Colgate. Elder DeWoody serve as our pastor for 20 years until illness forced him to retire.
Irving F. Walton 1939-1944
Robert Foster 1945-1985 Teaching Elder, Overseer, Pastor Robert E. Fosterwas the son of the late George Harmon Foster and Elizabeth Jessica Cookingham Foster. Pastor Foster held a Bachelors in Theology from Houghton College in Houghton, NY. He continued his education at The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia PA, (now Palmer Seminary), earning his Masters of Theology. Upon graduation, he received a call to pastor the First Baptist Church in Port Jervis, NY in 1945, which he served for the next 40+ years. He retired December 31, 1985. In addition to serving the pastorate, he served as President of the Orange County Bible Society, President of the Conservative Baptist Association of New York State and a board member of the Highland Lake Bible Conference. Later he served as the first pastor at large of the Sate organization, served as Pastor of Visitation for Calvary Baptist Church, Warwick, NY and was appointed as the first Pastor Emeritus of the First Baptist Church, Port Jervis. He was a faculty member of the Orange County Bible Institute. He was also a member of the Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ. Elder Foster went to be with the Lord on February, 16, 2015. in Keller, Texas. Thank you pastor Foster for your investment in God's kingdom through your dedication to First Baptist, Port Jervis.
Arthur "Roy" Christensen 1985-1992 Teaching Elder, Overseer, Pastor Arthur Roy Christensen was born in Jamaica-Queens, NY, he was the son of the late Jacob and Gudrun Hansen Christensen. Elder Christensen received his theological training from Barrington College and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He served as a pastor in, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. He retired from First Baptist Church of Port Jervis, New York in 1992. He was elected to the Conservative Baptist Association national board of directors. Even in retirement, his life-long passion for pastoring led him to serve in several interim pastoral positions as well as preaching while wintering in Leesburg, FL and while at home in Port Jervis Thank you pastor Christensen for your investment in God's kingdom through your dedication to First Baptist, Port Jervis.
James R. Brosius 1992-2013 Teaching Elder, Overseer, James "Jim" R. Brosiuswas born on July 18, 1947 in Lancaster, PA. to Robert & Ruby Brosius. Pastor Brosius received his Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Glen Cove Bible College on May 29, 1976; he also studied at Gordon Conwell University. Jim was ordained as a Conservative Baptist Minister at the First Baptist Church of West Townsend, Massachusetts on October 24, 1977. Jim pastored of several churches in Maine, Mass., PA., N.J., and his final church of 20 years in Port Jervis, N.Y. Pastor Brosius was an accomplished preacher and faithful teacher of God's Word; he was dedicated to His Savior and passionate about sharing his faith and helping others. You can still enjoy Pastor Brosius' sermons on his YouTube channel.
Richard Tory MacDonald (October 9th, 2015 - Present) Teaching Elder, Overseer, Pastor Richard Tory MacDonald was born January 22, 1965, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he is the son of the late Richard C. MacDonald, and Phyllis Nunez. Richard served in the United States military as a Navy Hospital Corpsman from 1985-1988; as a Combat Medic in the Rhode Island Army National Guard from 1997-2005; and with the Chaplain Corps in the Rhode Island Air National Guard, from 2005-2016. Richard retired from the military in February 2016, as a Master Sergeant, after more than 21 years of honorable service to our country. While serving our nation, Richard graduated from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF); from the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI); and he received theological training from Moody Bible Institute, Bethel Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and The North American Reformed Seminary (TNARS). Richard pastored Hosanna Reformed Baptist Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; served as Interim Pastor at Frenchtown Baptist Church in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, before he and his wife, Annmarie, and their children Rebekah, Daniel, and Lydia, moved to Port Jervis, New York, in October 2015, where he continues to serve as our Primary teaching Elder, Pastor-Teacher. On July 1st, 2018, in the Year of our Lord, the members of First Baptist Church of Port Jervis almost unanimously agreed to change the name of the church to, THE CHURCH - A Biblical House of Worship, and the church polity returned to the church's historical, Biblical roots (plurality of Elders), and adding icons and an Orthodox liturgy. Pastor MacDonald founded PORT JERVIS SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE in March of 2018.
This is an accurate register of all the pastors who have served as Elders/Overseers at First Baptist Church of Port Jervis