Meet The Staff

Jeffrey D. Prey – Pastor

Jeffrey D. Prey was born in Pittsburgh, PA and later moved to Greenwich, CT (via a brief stint in Arenzano, Italy). He grew up as an active participant in the Presbyterian Church, accepting Christ into his life while a High School student through the ministries of his church youth group and Young Life, an outreach ministry to young people. In 1976, during his freshman year at Cornell University, Jeff received God’s call to ministry and in 1977, transferred to Gordon College where he earned a B.A. degree in history, graduating magna cum laude in 1980.

In 1984, Jeff graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, having earned his Masters of Divinity degree with cum laude honors. He then went to work for two years in marketing and new business development for a firm in New York City.

On January 11, 1986, Jeff married Barbara Ernst, who had grown up in Manhasset, New York. The Preys then moved to Taiwan, R.O.C. where Barbara had a placement as a Henry Luce Scholar and Jeff taught as a Visiting Lecturer at Tainan Theological College and Seminary.

Returning home in 1987, Jeff became a Youth Minister at the Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich, CT and an instructional aide at Greenwich High School.

In 1988, Jeff was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church and served eight years at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Prosperity, PA, just south of Pittsburgh. The Preys’ two children were born in Pittsburgh, and in 1996, Jeff earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In the fall of that year, Jeff came to be the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay.

Jessica Chen – Director of Music Ministries

Cristina Harrison – Church Administrator

Manuel Denegri – Custodian