First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn Social Action Committee 

Criminal Justice Activities in concert with The Church of Gethsemane


Overview - The Church of Gethsemane 

A Presbyterian Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, founded in 1986, which was created by and for formerly incarcerated men and women, their families, neighborhood people and people who are called into ministry with the poor. Reverend Diane Lacey is the pastor.


Overview of Project Connect – A successful, 25-year-old program of The Church of Gethsemane that connects men and women who are incarcerated to the Church of Gethsemane while they are still inside the prison system. Project Connect uses a four-pronged approach to join in ministry with people who are incarcerated and then helps in the transition back into the home and the community upon release.  Minister Chibueze Okorie is the Project Connect Director.


Service Opportunities for FPC members with Gethsemane

  • Preparing and Serving Lunch after Sunday worship service (typically 30-40 people)
  • Making Prison Visits with Gethsemane staff to Project Connect members
    • Sign up for orientation training
  • Donating clothes, food and other items
    • Can drop off at Gethsemane Mon-Thurs 10 AM - 4 PM
    • Or contact Dave Ehlke for delivery
  • Metrocards for job and job interviews
  • Contributing words of encouragement in monthly group letters
  • Administrative support for special projects
  • Employment assistance for formerly incarcerated men & women
  • Mental Health consultation ( if qualified)
  • Housing assistance
  • Project Connect Peer group participation & individual support
  • Legal assistance, computer training, conduct seminars'


Want to get involved?

For more information or to volunteer for any of the highlighted opportunities to serve, contact the Church Office.



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