Skip to main content

“Your redemption is drawing near.” — Luke 21:28

Monday, October 19

Share with a friend



New York City Presbytery


Fredrick T. Thompson, Ovaldo Brown, Chibueze Okorie, Anthony Simpson, elder Nathaniel Wright, and Derek Campbell Photo by Diane Lacey


Fredrick T. Thompson, Ovaldo Brown, Chibueze Okorie, Anthony Simpson, elder Nathaniel Wright, and Derek Campbell


Photo by Diane Lacey


The Church of Gethsemane in Brooklyn was created in 1986 by and for those with some connection to prison: people who are or have been in prison, their families, and those who feel called to ministry with them. Gethsemane strives to create a spiritual community that comforts and challenges, fortifies and sustains, heals and liberates. It thrives in its diversity and inclusiveness. No one is turned away.

Gethsemane sends newsletters into federal, state, and local prisons in New York, inviting incarcerated persons to write to the church for prayer and to participate in a correspondence program of Christian education and membership.

Chibueze Okorie was convicted on drug charges in 1989 and represents both the hope and potential of Gethsemane’s mission and ministry. He completed the membership course while in prison and was, on his release, welcomed and baptized by the church. Three years later, he became a ruling elder, and today he is the minister of evangelism. He writes to persons in prison and their families, makes prison visits, contacts state parole boards for inmates about to be released, and helps those released make successful transitions to church and community. He also visits other congregations to lead workshops, offer his testimony of personal transformation, and share the story of Gethsemane’s mission.

New York City Presbytery’s 96 congregations, seven new-immigrant fellowships, and two new worshiping communities serve God in the city’s five boroughs.

—Robert Foltz-Morrison, executive presbyter

Let us join in prayer for

Ellen Pearre Cason, at-large committee member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Shirley Fleming, administrative assistant
Robert Foltz-Morrison, executive presbyter
C. Anderson James, stated clerk
Yzette Swavy-Lipton, executive administrator / office manager
James Tse, controller

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Sabino Salazar, PMA
Kim Saltzman, BOP

Let us pray

Look with compassion, O God, upon those who feel themselves beyond the reach of your love or outside your limitless mercy. May we follow Christ and show his love toward those the world despises and rejects. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 57; 145
First Reading Jeremiah 44:1-14
Or alternate First Reading Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:30-41
Gospel Reading Matthew 11:16-24
Evening Psalms 85; 47

Leave a comment

Post Comment