About Our Church
There are a number of committees that are church could not function properly without these include:
Worship Commission: to provide a meaningful, spiritually fulfilling worship experience for the people in our congregation and in our community.
Christian Education Commission: continue to provide many opportunities for learning and fun. We teach on the parables and other old and new testament stories that kids had not learned before, while continuing to focus on life applications.
Congregational Life Commission:
Property and Personal Commission: to maintain the facilities and handle issues of the staff.
Mission Commission: reaches out to our community both local and world wide to assist them with support. At Thanksgiving, we help the Long Branch families with food baskets. Meals At Noon, we help serve lunch at a local Baptist church. We are consistently thinking, working and assisting people who less fortunate than ourselves hereby spreading the word of the Our Lord.
Rev. Dr. Hugh Mackenzie, Pastor
Office Phone: 732-229-2762
I have spent many enjoyable years meeting new people, and sharing my thoughts on matters of religion and God with the members of our church. Being a part of the First Presbyterian Church of Long Branch continues to bring me and my family the happiness that only such a network of support could offer. I invite anyone with strong faith and a positive mind to join our congregation, and to help spread this attitude among others in the community.
About Our History
First Presbyterian Church of Long Branch
Originated December 28, 1883
Early in the fall of 1883, the Presbytery of Monmouth was petitioned to organize a Presbyterian church in Long Branch, New Jersey. From that petition, the First Presbyterian Church now located at the corner of Cedar and Hoey Avenues came into being on December 28th of that year.
The church was formally organized with forty members and first met in Library Hall. Arrangements were for supply pastors by the students of Princeton Seminary Services were held in this location for almost a year and a half.
On July 15, 1885, the Seaside Chapel on the corner of Second and Chelsea Avenues was dedicated. This was our home until March 16, 1894.
The Chapel was moved to the property on the south west corner of Chelsea and Third Avenues. The Chapel was made into the church hall, and the bell and the pews were used the construction of the new building. This was our home until January 21, 1968.
This was when our first service was held at our current location at the corner of Cedar and Hoey Avenues. The first phase of the building program was the educational wing and the meeting hall which was dedicated to a long time member, Mary Shaw. Our worship services were held in Mary Shaw Hall (dedicated on May 5, 1968).
Until the next phase of the building could be completed. "We had a dream". Our desire and dream which began in 1968 started to become a reality when a commitment by member's pledges and available funds came together. And plans to build a sanctuary record wereset in motion.
On December 4, 1983, our sanctuary was dedicated to all those who have worshipped and served our risen Lord.
The first 100 years were celebrated on December 28, 1983. Our church home has had many different looks. No matter what the outward appearance of the building, inside, God has always been vibrant. It has been said, “Every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.”