12 months to ApostlesBK: 12 people to know
So, the rundown is simple: Apostles NYC will be planting a church in Brooklyn, NY next September and Staten Island, by the grace of God, gets to be a part of it. ”Why?”, you might be wondering and, well, the answer is simple: PROXIMITY! — ‘being in community with those closest to you. After all, it’s no secret that most of Staten Island originally hails from its connecting borough of Brooklyn, including most of my community group and family.
In the past couple of months, I’ve decided to share life with (BREAK BREAD, DIALOGUE, AND CO-LABOR ALONG SIDE OF) a bunch of dedicated Brooklyn-ites (IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER, EXCEPT OUR LEADER) that will be involved in the early stages of the church plant.
The man, the myth, the legend, but seriously, the brother, the friend, and the mentor. Can’t think of a better leader more suitable to hold the reigns. He goes above and beyond even when he doesn’t have to, and for that, I will be by his side through thick and thin. Can’t wait to hang out with and learn more from his better half, MEGAN!
SARA H. & JANELL S.:
A couple of gals from Texas, surely, but don’t get it twisted —- their southern charm is the very essence of Brooklyn - wise with words, strong personalities, and home-cooked meals to die for. Just don’t get on their good side — they might spoil you!
One of the closest brothers I’ve gained in the past few. ”Yeah, but a jock from H-TOWN with hair I used to have?”, you’re thinking. Well, it’s probably his authenticity in a city of polar opposites that I really connect with most, especially since he offers a fresh perspective on things even if they are hard to swallow.
GREG & TRACEY K.:
Aside from doing a terrific robot dance, these two are world class athletes and people. I absolutely loved hearing how they met one another and what their younger years growing up were like. Besides, GK works for my favorite sports team ever (NY METS!) and has been such a generous brother to his siblings!
The brains behind the non-profit known as “Junket”: a journey for pure enjoyment. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of mentoring a foster youth from NYC, and it really has been an eye-opening learning experience like none other.
Gotten to know more of her from the past year and truly has defined the word “sister” for me. Caring and compassionate, and overall, a really sassy chick! The fact that she constantly puts in a good word to all the single ladies for us single men really speaks volumes! :)
My brother from another mother, and now, a resident of Brooklyn after moving from Washington Heights since leaving Staten Island. His experience being in the midst a church plant in the urban confines of Uptown really allows him to serve with a unique gifting that only a few, if any, possess.
The girl is mature, intelligent, and culturally aware. In a recent conversation about gentrification, racism, and regeneration in Brooklyn, I asked her how she knew so much about these topics (surely, “she must’ve read a lot of books!” I thought). Her response still makes me tear to this day: “BECAUSE I CARE!” … She cares so much for her block, neighborhood, and borough, cares so much as to not step on the shoes of those who came before her, and cares so much that she lives out the name of the Christ that she proclaims … MIND. BLOWN!!
ANGELA & BRYSON W.:
Ah yes, one of the first couples to wed in Brooklyn. I call them the big siblings of our entire family: tender yet tough, witty, and extremly hospitable. I am so excited for the arrival of “BEAN” within the next couple of weeks and look forward to more native New Yawkers/Brooklyn-ites being born in the many years to come.
Obviously, there are many more key players to the game, so expect part 2 of this blog series on the next 12 to soon follow!