Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church

Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church


On the corner of Lafayette Avenue and South Oxford Street in Fort Greene stands Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church. Established in 1857 as a "Temple of Abolition” it was founded on the principles of social justice, activism and inclusivity. These values continue to guide LAPC. The edifice was built in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War when the church served as a shelter on the Underground Railroad.


Susannah Evans and Sarah Smiley who were the first women ever to preach in the Presbyterian denomination spoke within the LAPC sanctuary in the 1860s and 70s. LAPC was also one of the earliest congregations to become a "More Light" church, explicitly welcoming LGBTQ community members beginning in the 1970s.


When you step into the church on any given day, you'll find an inviting space of worship, community gatherings, ritual, and the arts--a diverse convergence that represents the past, present, and future of Fort Greene and surrounding neighborhoods.