Our Staff and Officers

The mix of diverse backgrounds and experiences of our staff and lay leaders come together for a common purpose: to live in God’s grace and share God’s love.

Meet Our Pastors

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Rev. Dr. Greg Stovell
Head of Staff
(212) 675-6150

Rev. Dr. Greg Stovell has joined The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York as our new Pastor/Head of Staff effective September 1, 2020. Dr. Stovell is originally from Mexico City, and split his formative years between London and Mexico City.. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Dubuque and a Masters in Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Dr. Stovell also earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary.

Dr. Stovell has a diverse theological background, serving churches in New Jersey, and Illinois, before being called to First Presbyterian in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His West Chester church boasted a vibrant 1,200-member congregation that Dr. Stovell shepherded for the last 10 years as the Lead Pastor.

Dr. Greg Stovell joins the First Church family along with his wife Susie, daughter Susie, and son Harry.

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Rev. Dr. Barbara E. Davis
Executive Minister
(646) 230-3901

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Davis is the Executive Minister at First Church. Her ministerial areas of focus include spiritual formation and pastoral care.

Barbara hails from western Pennsylvania, where she was deeply influenced by her upbringing in the Methodist Church and netting tadpoles in the pond near her house.

She graduated from Thiel College in Greenville, PA, where she majored in religion, with minors in English and Classical Languages. She then moved from rural to urban living to attend Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she completed her M.Div. Her call to ministry led her to First Church in 1998. Barbara is a member of the Metro Association of the United Church of Christ (UCC), from which she was ordained in 2004. In 2016, she finished her doctoral work in Religious Education at Fordham University where she wrote about the “Unresolved Conflict Over Revelation in American Protestantism.” 

Barbara has served on the board of the Religious Education Association and is currently part of the Boundary Awareness Training Team for the Metro Association of the UCC. The mother of two amazing daughters, Barbara has been a leader in the parent body at their Quaker school in Brooklyn. An avid reader, essayist, sketcher, sky watcher, nature observer and proud Brooklynite, Barbara can often be found cycling the city’s streets.

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Rev. Dr. Mark Hostetter
Associate Pastor for Stewardship & Mission to the Corporate World
(212) 675-6150

Mark Hostetter is Associate Pastor for Stewardship and Mission to the Corporate World. This is an unpaid and unique part-time position where Mark serves as a liturgist in worship, occasional preacher, and frequent teacher. Dr. Hostetter is CEO of Vinik Asset Management, a Tampa investment firm; is active in the leadership of Auburn Theological Seminary’s Board of Directors; and continues his work with the national Presbyterian Church (USA), most recently as Moderator of the Way Forward Commission of the General Assembly. Mark received his B.A. degree in Economics at Harvard University, his J.D. from Columbia University, and his M.Div. and D.Div. degrees from New York Theological Seminary. He has been a member of the board for several organizations, including The Actors Fund, Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in New York. He is co-founder of the Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell, Montana which he began with his partner Alex Habib. Together they are parents of three children, Lani, Lea, and Kai.

Our Staff

Hannah Faye Allred
Staff Associate of Congregational Care
(212) 675-6150

Sophia Canfield
Online Streaming Coordinator
(212) 675-6150

Kathleen Cook
Nursery School Director
(212) 675-6150

Tony Feliciano
Sexton
(212) 675-6150

Jon Harris
Family Music Ministries Coordinator
(212) 675-6150

Lisa Polite
Administrative Assistant
(212) 675-6150

Paul Schnabel
Director of Finance and Facilities
(212) 675-6150

Michael Shake
Director of Music
(212) 675-6150

Nicole Stansifer
Director of Outreach
(212) 675-6150

Babs Tennent
Assistant Director of Finance and Facilities
(212) 675-6150

Audrey Webber
Staff Associate of Children, Youth, and Families
(212) 675-6150

Session

The Session is the governing body of the church. First Church, like all Presbyterian churches, is a representative democracy.

We are governed by elders who are chosen from and by the entire congregation. Governance and authority over church matters resides with these elected leaders. Elders serve a three-year term. Meet our elders and the program and/or committee they lead below.

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Rev. Dr. Greg Stovell
Head of Staff

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Lawrence Tallamy
Clerk of Session

Sorrel Ann Alburger Class of 2021
Cuba
John M. Griem Class of 2021
Homelessness
Margaret McClure Class of 2021
Personnel
David Richardson Class of 2021
LGBTQ
Mark Robertson Class of 2021
Personnel
Nancy Sellar Class of 2021
Nursery School

Charles W. Anderson Class of 2023
Kenneth Bower Class of 2023
Donna L. Halverstadt Class of 2023
Lara Steensland Mullarkey Class of 2023
Jeff Nichols Class of 2023
Mary O’Hara Smith Class of 2023

Christine S. Flouton Class of 2022
Shelby H. Garner Class of 2022
Douglas E. Krehbiel Class of 2022
Jeffrey Metzler Class of 2022
Katie K. Simon Class of 2022
Rod Thompson Class of 2022

Deacons

The role of the Deacons is one of “sympathy, service and witness” to the love of God as shown in the life of Jesus Christ. The origin of “deacon” is the Greek diakonos, “servant.”

At First Church we have an elected Board of Deacons who minister with compassion to anyone in need, whether they are members of the church, visitors, neighbors or other members of the community. Deacons meet on a monthly basis to determine how best to meet those needs. They receive care and prayer requests from those who themselves, or whose loved ones, are ill, or have other special needs, and can refer people for pastoral care.

Each month, two Deacons for the Month are appointed by the Board of Deacons to act as specific points of contact for those in need. Any Deacon, however, can assist. Requests for Deacons should be directed to the Deacons of the Month or if urgent, to the Pastoral staff.

Mark Fontaine and Meg Harper
Co-Moderator

Suzanne Cohen and Don Lee
Co-Secretaries

Gregoire Vabre
Treasurer

Logan F. Kennedy
Suzanne Cohen
Mark Fontaine
David Kipin
Don Lee

Lisa C. Caswell
 Suzanne Greene
Meg Harper
Carla Trum Mercado
Pamela Price Morgan
Gregoire Vabre

Geraldine H. Bunai
Eileen H. Choi
David C. Garlow
Bradley McCormick
Suzanne D. H. Mecs
Heather S. Mee

Trustees

The Board of Trustees holds and manages properties and, as authorized, conducts business for the church. They oversee investments and work with the Session and the Joint Finance Committee to develop a sustainable church budget.

Martha Ferry
President

Andrew Nkongho
Vice President

Janet Shin
Secretary

Anne Gray
Treasurer

Reade H. Ryan, Jr.
Counsel

Martha Ferry
Eric Hilton
Andrew Nkongho, Jr.

Jeff Buick
Marian H. Hewitt
Allegra LaViola Nagraj

Richard Korchak
John McGinn
Janet J. Shin

Join Us Today

There are numerous ways you can serve First Church by offering your time and talents. We encourage you to lend a hand as a volunteer in the ongoing programs and events that are a part of our ministry and life together.​

Volunteer Oppotunities