Advocacy + Outreach

Announcement: New Director of Outreach & Missions Appointed

We are excited to announce the appointment of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church’s new Director of Outreach & Missions, Christine Boyle.

After a thorough 3-month search process, the Search Committee was unanimous in its selection of Christine Boyle to lead the church’s Outreach and Missions work. Christine holds a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology and brings an extraordinary range of relevant skills and experiences spanning both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She most recently served as the Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City. Her role there included administrative, financial and programmatic oversight of the department that ministered to members of the university community. Christine’s experience in strategic planning, program management, and writing and securing a portfolio of grants, including a $3.2 million grant for spiritual care, will serve her well in her new role at FAPC. Her unique work experience also spans Goldman Sachs & Co., The Hoboken Shelter, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, and The Whelan Group consulting firm. 
 
Mark Moreland, chair of FAPC’s Search Committee for the Director of Outreach & Missions role, shared his perspective about Christine. “We have all been very impressed by Christine’s clear faith and exceptional qualities, capabilities and experiences. Without question, we are confident in her ability to thoughtfully lead all aspects of the FAPC community to make an increasing difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors near and far.”
 
In this new role, Christine will be responsible for leading FAPC’s Outreach and Missions volunteers, staff, partnerships, programs, communication, engagement, fundraising, and stewarding all grant opportunities and resources.
 
Christine is invigorated by this invitation to join the FAPC team and looks forward to her February 1, 2021 start date. “Throughout the interview process it was very clear to me that there was an emphasis on community engagement at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. That engagement created a sea change in ministering to the homeless in the 1980’s and quite literally put Christ on the streets. The Gospel is alive in this community, and that is a legacy I am proud to carry for and with the community of FAPC in this new role.

“I am so impressed,” says Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston, “with Ms. Boyle’s leadership skills and her vision for outreach at this church. Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church is committed to being the light of Christ in NYC and beyond. Ms. Boyle’s proven skills and compassionate leadership style will surely be a beacon of hope for our neighbors in need.”

Christine’s newly configured role (“Director of Outreach & Missions”) comes as the direct result of a thoughtful strategic planning process. Over the past year and a half, the church has discerned a need for expanded efforts in Outreach and Missions and has embraced an enhanced vision focused on assisting the most vulnerable. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have amplified this crucial need. Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church is committed to stepping up in this time of crisis to provide additional care and support for men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness and hunger.

The Director of Outreach & Missions Search Committee was led by The Rev. Kate Dunn, Greg Dow, Meredith Fleck, Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston and Mark Moreland.