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Session

What is the "session"?

The session is the governing body of the local church. It is composed of godly men who have been called by God to lead His church together; each member of the session is selected by the congregation. The session includes both teaching elders (pastors) and ruling elders. Specifically, they teach, equip, disciple, nurture, discipline and shepherd the congregation. 

Teaching Elders:

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Pastor David Ellis
Senior Pastor

David is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. He has an M.Div. from New York Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Sobeyda, have four grown children and one grandson. You can reach him at david@astoriachurch.org.

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Pastor Jeffrey Choi
Associate Pastor 

Jeffrey is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. He has an M.Div from Westminster Seminary California and graduated from University of California, Irvine. Jeffrey is driven by the reality that Christ uses Christians to do kingdom work; he is especially intrigued by the constant struggle that both Christians and non-Christians have with the gospel and its implications of grace. Jeffrey is married to Christine; they are both native to Los Angeles, California, but think of New York City as their permanent home. You can reach him at jeffrey@astoriachurch.org. 

Ruling Elders:

Bruce DiCicco
Jason Greene
Joe Kickasola
Buddy Mungo
Bryan Taylor
Rory Verga
Brad Wade
Steve Wu