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15-43 149th Street
Whitestone, NY 11357

718.746.7858

The First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone has been at work in northeast Queens since 1871, seeking to proclaim God’s Word and live out God’s justice and peace in our lives and our community. We welcome all to join us for worship, fellowship, learning, and service in our small but vibrant community of faith.

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Our Leadership

Julie Suh, Church Musician

Julie Suh, our organist and pianist, joined us in 2004. She is also on the faculty of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Thurnauer School of Music. She was previously on the faculty of the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, NJ, and the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens.

A former special scholarship student at Westminster Choir College and the American Conservatory of Music, Julie won the latter's 1986 and 1989 concerto competitions, resulting in performances with the ACM orchestra (Grieg and Mendelssohn piano concertos, respectively). She has also given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Chicago, New Jersey, and New York. Among her accolades is a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Performance at the Seventh Annual International Friendship Music Competition and a grand prize in the National Student Music Contest in South Korea.

Julie holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the American Conservatory of Music, and a Suzuki Teaching Certificate in piano. She has also done coursework toward her master's degree at Westminster Choir College. Her former teachers include Ena Bronstein, José Santana, Abraham Stokman, and Sheila Keats. Julie is a member of the Associate Music Teacher League and also teaches piano to students of all ages.

The Session

Our Session is composed of six ruling elders, members of the congregation who are elected by the congregation and ordained to lead the church and make decisions about what God is calling us to be and to do together. 

  • Lisa Sisenwein, Clerk of Session
  • Laurie-Jean Ankersen
  • Carol Bombardi
  • Beth Handler
  • Rex White

The Deacons

The Deacons assist with pastoral care and help coordinate special events for the congregation. They are also elected by the congregation and set apart through ordination for this important work. 

  • Elizabeth Ankersen, President
  • Mary DeBlasio
  • Caitlin Dockery
  • Kathy Lenz
  • Julie Suh
  • Camilla White