LIVING CHURCH: A Parish Grows in Brooklyn

A bustling congregation fills the nave at St. John’s Park Slope.

"St. John’s Park Slope describes itself as the second-oldest Episcopal church in Brooklyn, and adds: 'But don’t let our age fool you, we’re just getting started.'

The Rev. Ben DeHart — a native of Princeton, New Jersey, who previously worked in Manhattan and Birmingham, Alabama — was called as rector more than a year ago. 'Restarting churches is what we need to do,' he said.

Bishop Lawrence Provenzano of the Diocese of Long Island agreed: 'Fr. Ben DeHart has come to St. John’s with great enthusiasm, vision, and a working ecclesiology that fits perfectly into a renewed sense of mutual responsibility and interdependence within the congregation, the deanery, and the diocese.'"

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