Emmanuel Baptist Church at
Lafayette avenue and St. James
place is a comparatively new
church, having been organized in
1881. The pastor, the Rev. Dr.
John Humpstone, is one of the
most prominent clergymen in
Brooklyn and has gathered a
large and devoted congregation
about him. The church is a very
handsome one and is famed
throughout the Greater New York
for its choral services. Greene
and Gates avenue cars run to St.
James p lace, which is but a
block from the church.
The Protestant Episcopal Church
of the Messiah at Greene and
Clermont avenues is one of the
handsomest in the city. The Rev.
St. Clair Hester is rector. The
church contains a number of rich
ornaments and decorations and
several valuable altar pieces,
which have added considerably to
its fame. it is one of the few
Brooklyn churches which boast a
peal of chimes. Greene and Gates
avenue cars pass the door.
Directly opposite to the Church
of the Messiah is the residence
of the Right. Rev. Charles
Edward McDonnell, bishop of the
Catholic diocese of Brooklyn. It
is a large square structure of
granite, imposing in appearance.
Adjoining this building is the
Roman Catholic Cathedral, of
which only a part is completed,
although the foundations of the
entire edifice are constructed.
The completed portion contains
many valuable and precious
relics and objects of interest
to Protestants as well as
Catholics, and is a splendid
promise of what the completed
structure will be.
The fame of the Rev. Dr. A.J.F.
Behrends, pastor of the Central
Congregational Church, at
Hancock street, near Franklin
avenue, is national. Dr.
Behrends is one of the leading
metaphysicians in this country
and his sermons are profound and
able. Though not a young man, he
is still vigorous, and his brain
is as keen as ever. His church,
which is a large structure of
peculiar architecture, is always
crowded during service. It may
be reached by Fulton street
cars, from the bridge, or by
Franklin avenue cars, from the
The Marcy Avenue Baptist Church,
in Marcy avenue, near Putnam, is
one of the largest in the city.
The Rev. Dr. C.L. Rhoades is
pastor and Professor Stout is
organist. The latter has made
the church famous for its
musical services, his programmes
embracing the most classical
oratorios and selections. Putnam
avenue cars pass the door of
One of the youngest and most
enterprising clergymen in
Brooklyn is the Rev. J.F.
Carson, pastor of the Central
Presbyterian Church, at
Jefferson and Marcy avenues. Mr.
Carson has been connected with
this church but a few years, but
he has made it one of the
largest and most prosperous in
Brooklyn. When he was called to
the pastorate a number of years
ago the church occupied a small
and inadequate building at
Willoughby and Tompkins avenues.
Mr. Carson began at once to mend
its shattered fortunes and has
so far succeeded that it now has
a new building which is much
larger than the old one, but
still is too small to
accommodate the crowds who go
every Sunday to hear him preach.
Mr. Carson believes in popular
preaching, though not in
sensationalism, and his sermons,
while strong and untrammeled by
traditions, do not overstep the
limits of propriety. He is
fearless in his utterance, but
always just, and to this
probably is due his great
influence in Brooklyn religious
circles. As a man he is very
popular and possesses a strong
personal magnetism which has
helped him in his work of
rejuvenating the fortunes of his
church. Putnam and Halsey avenue
cars run within two blocks of
The Nostrand Avenue Methodist
Episcopal Church, at Nostrand
avenue and Quincy street, is one
of the handsomest in Brooklyn.
Like the Hanson Place Church, it
has had some very able preachers
among its pastors. The church is
very large and adjoining it are
the church parlors and chapel.
The Rev. John H. Willey is
pastor. Gates avenue cars run a
The Washington Avenue Baptist
Church, at Washington and Gates
avenues, is one of the oldest in
the city. The Rev. Robert
McDonald is pastor. The church
has become famous on account of
its Chinese Sunday School, which
nearly all the converted Chinese
in Brooklyn attend. Greene and
Gates avenue cars run within a
block of this church.
In State street, near Bond, is
St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal
Church, of which the Rev.
Lindsay Parker, D.D., is rector.
Dr. Parker is one of the
foremost citizens of Brooklyn
and from his altar he frequently
discusses matters of public
concern. Being an eloquent and
forceful speaker, he attracts
large congregations, and is much
sought for public gatherings and
occasions. Atlantic avenue and
Smith street cars are the
nearest to this church.
The Rev. Dr. R.R. Meredith is
regarded as one of the leading
American divines. He is pastor
of the Tompkins Avenue
Congregational Church, which is
one of the largest and most
modern church edifices in
Brooklyn. It is at the corner of
Tompkins avenue and McDonough
street and is reached by Fulton
street elevated and surface cars
and by Tompkins avenue trolley
The most famous of Eastern
District churches is the Roman
Catholic Church of Sts. Peter
and Paul, in Wythe avenue, near
South Second street. The Rev.
Father Sylvester Malone is
rector of this church and has
ministered there more than half
a century. The church became
prominent during the Civil War,
when Father Malone nailed an
American flag to the steeple and
he has ever since taken an
aggressive part in all matters
affecting the public and
national weal. The church is
most easily reached from the
bridge by the Williamsburgh
branch of the Myrtle avenue
trolley line. The
also marked several other Roman
Catholic and many Protestant
churches in the war and Father
Malone is too much of a man to
claim a monopoly of it.
Christ Protestant Episcopal
Church in Bedford avenue, near
Division street, is one of the
leading Protestant churches in
the Eastern District. The Rev.
Dr. J.H. Darlington is Rector
and his sermons are always
placid and refined. The musical
service in this church is always
of the highest order. This
church may be most easily
reached from the bridge by the
Williamsburgh cars, which run
within a short distance of it.