LAPC Leadership and Staff
Rev. David F. Telfort
Rev. David F. Telfort was called as Pastor of LAPC on June 18th, 2017. A Brooklyn native, Rev. Telfort was born, raised and molded in the Afro-Caribbean neighborhood of East Flatbush. He heeded a call to ministry early in life as he learned about community organizing at Occidental College. After graduating, he matriculated at Yale Divinity School where he learned how to blend his love for scholarship with a ministry rooted in activism. Rev. Telfort comes to us most recently from Des Moines, Iowa, where he served as a Lily pastoral resident at Plymouth United Church of Christ.
J. David Williams
Director of Music
Fascinated by the thick, sonorous orchestral sound of the 1923 Austin organ at his childhood church of First Baptist in Paris, TN, J. David Williams began self-study of the organ in junior high school due to a lack of organ teachers in the area. Since then, he has become one of the most gifted organists and musical talents in all New York City. In addition to serving as Director of Music at LAPC, he is Organist/Pianist/Music Director at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan, and accompanist to the New York City Community Chorus at Holy Apostles in Manhattan. Learn more here: www.jdavidwilliams.com.
Since 2001, Janis Russell has been the Director of the Lafayette Avenue Inspirational Ensemble, a multi-racial, interfaith choir based out of LAPC. She is also a nationally known jazz and blues singer in her own right. She is most known for her moving contralto tones, but her vocal range spans from soprano to baritone, and she is equally comfortable in jazz, gospel, country, and classical. Janis is also a songwriter and arranger, and has worked as a studio musician, recording jingles and background vocals.
Fekade Sergew, Treasurer
Desmond Montoutte, Financial Secretary
Cecil Holland Jr., Clerk of Session
Gail Blaize, DeaconTeam Leader
Clint Robinson, Deacon Team Leader
In addition to serving as Administrative Assistant at LAPC, Nancy Nevarez has been a professional playwright for many years. Her work has received numerous awards including: a playwright fellowship in the Dramatist Guild program, a Puffin Foundation grant, playwright’s residency awards from both the National Endowment for the Arts/Theater Communications Group and Mabou Mines. In 2007, Nancy wrote a historical play about LAPC, to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary.