Reverend David F. Telfort
“I am thrilled to have been called to serve as pastor at LAPC – a church that has a history of dynamic, inclusive, and radical ministry. It feels good to be back home in Brooklyn. This church plays a critical role as a hub for social justice and advocacy here in the neighborhood and the broader community. People are craving a place where they can wrestle with the big questions of faith, experience stirring worship, and engage in liberating work. We want folks to know that LAPC is that place. ”
Rev. David F Telfort
After an exhaustive 18-month nationwide search, LAPC selected Rev. Telfort to serve as the church’s eighth installed pastor. Founded by abolitionists in 1857, the historic Brooklyn church is a multi-racial, multi-cultural congregation with a long history of progressive leadership, social justice work, and community engagement.
“We are delighted that Rev. Telfort has accepted the call to serve as pastor here at LAPC. His preaching and leadership qualities stood out, along with his deep commitment to social justice. As a church founded by abolitionists, social justice is a central ministry of LAPC along with Christian education, faith-inspired music, and community engagement. The Pastor Nominating Committee feels that Rev. Telfort’s pastoral experience strongly aligns with what matters to our congregation and that he is passionate about connecting with the Fort Greene community. We are excited to have Rev. Telfort shepherd our church into its next chapter, especially as Fort Greene continues to grow and evolve.” [LAPC Pastor Nominating Committee]
A Brooklyn native and the son of Haitian immigrants, Rev. Telfort is a graduate of Yale Divinity School who most recently served as an Associate Minister at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa. Rev. Telfort began his tenure at LAPC on August 16, 2017 and his formal installation as permanent pastor will take place later in 2017.
Rev. Telfort’s faith journey began early in life. He grew up in a Wesleyan church in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and his father is currently a Wesleyan pastor in Newark, NJ. While working towards his BA degree at Occidental College, Rev. Telfort explored a career in finance, interning for a private equity firm. In 2010, he changed course to explore ministry as a vocation.
Rev. Telfort’s leadership development and language skills were put to good use during a recent week-long church delegation visit to Cuba and as a group facilitator for The Forum for Theological Exploration. He is a member of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship Alumni Association, an organization that mentors talented young African American men. Under the auspices of the Academy of Preachers, Rev. Telfort has preached for churches both domestically and abroad.
Outside of church Rev. Telfort can be found in the gym, boxing, practicing yoga and enjoying life with family and friends. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. His passion for life is fed by an insatiable appetite for literature, film and music.
Contact Rev. Telfort at:
Tel: (718) 625-7515
Facebook page: fb.me/davidjam