Liberty Church is a family of local church communities, born in New York City in 2011, with a heart for cities everywhere. Our vision is simply to know Christ and to make him known.
We have a growing community of people who call Liberty Church home but who make their home in southwest Brooklyn. And we are on the road to establishing a new Liberty Church in Bay Ridge to extend the freedom that we have found to the neighborhoods where we live and work.
"Check out what BKLYNER is saying about Liberty Church Bay Ridge."
“We were sitting there after the service, and we just felt like we wanted to talk to someone. Then Andi came up and asked us, ‘What’s your passion?’ And it had been awhile since we had asked ourselves that question. But through Liberty we rediscovered our passion to live a life of purpose and make a difference.”
“I never want to be satisfied with where I am. And people like me tend to just move away...And me, I feel like going back to school and then finding Liberty—it changed my life. It gave me the push to say that I shouldn’t settle. I found out there’s so much more to my faith. And I think that’s what freedom means: being able to explore and step outside what you’re used to and experience more.”
"This neighborhood is really good at sniffing out if you’re authentic or not. They’re going to know if you love like you say you do or if you really believe what you say you believe. That’s why Liberty Bay Ridge is going to surprise a lot of people. Because it’s really simply about community."
“I feel like Liberty continues to build a foundation for my daughter, because I'm still going through my journey at church. I'm still learning, but thanks to Liberty when I see things instilled in my daughter, I'm like, 'Right! I have to carry that over too!' And that becomes my habit as well. And I see the church doing that here for Bay Ridge, just creating a huge family here. People are searching for a place to feel like home, and that's what Liberty's going to do for Bay Ridge."
“I had been so isolated, and I had gotten so good at doing things on my own. I didn't need family. I didn't need anybody. But I came to Liberty... and I fell in love with it. And my kids too are so passionate about coming to Liberty. They love everybody there. And I found my life again. I found my family. I found my energy again...And from that point on there's so many friendships that I didn't think that I could get any closer to people, and I was building stronger and closer relationships, and that was really, really important.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:6–11, NIV
Paul and Andi Andrew moved to New York City from Sydney, Australia to pioneer Liberty Church in 2010. The first gatherings were around a picnic table in Central Park as they studied the birth of the church in the book of Acts, and prayed over our vision to influence a city that influences the world. They now lead a growing family of local church communities in Downtown Manhattan, Union Square, Downtown Brooklyn, Upper West Side, and Manzini, Swaziland and are currently establishing new communities in Bay Ridge, San Francisco, and St Petersburg, FL. They are also the founders of Liberty City which serves our local neighborhoods “for the greater good” and Liberty Foundation which invests hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in planting local churches globally and helping the hurting around the world. And they support the local expressions of Liberty Church by developing specialized ministries for men, women, and kids and our business community, among others.
The Kirkendolls stumbled upon Liberty Church two years after moving to New York, and, surrounding themselves with a church that has a contagious love for people, they felt their hearts moved toward the city they call home. Living and working in Bay Ridge, they began dreaming of a church that would extend the freedom and love and family they’d discovered to others in their neighborhood. Heath is a high school social studies teacher in Bay Ridge and is passionate about youth, education policy, and, of course, history. Emily served on staff as Finance Director at Liberty Church since it was a year old, witnessing the heart and mission of Liberty expand over many stages of growth. They were engaged during a nor’easter in Boston, married during a blizzard in Toronto, and honeymooned during the rainy season in Zambia. So, they’re pretty much weatherproof. They share a passion for connecting people through the church and seeing lives transformed, and as parents they love helping kids and families thrive in the city.