Our staff collaborates with Forefront Brooklyn's Leadership Team (elders) and Deacons to foster the best environment for spiritual, emotional, and communal growth. 


Jonathan Williams, Lead Pastor

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I lead Forefront BK, a part time blogger at the Huffington Post, and am a long suffering Mets fan, which is also a full-time job. 

I love story telling and am writing my story for Westminster John Knox Press. God willing it will be released in late 2018. 

I love my family, a good beer, a better playlist, an excellent book, and a community that loves good questions. 


Ben Grace, Worship Director

I'm an Australian singer/songwriter who moved to NYC 6 years ago to pursue cowriting.  I fell into ministry & came on staff to help launch Forefront Brooklyn.  In the process I fell in love with liturgy & in particular the cycle of the church year & established a worship collective called The Calendar Years.  Outside of church music I write songs in the Americana tradition & have recently been fascinated by the protest folk movement of the 60s & 70s.  You can hear more of my music here.  Beyond that my passion extends to local craft beer, good stories, messy
community, and better questions. 

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Mira Joyner, Family Ministry Director


I hold a Graduate Diploma in Education and Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages. I'm from Australia and have taught children in various capacities for over 12 years. Born in Hong Kong and of Indian and Philippine descent, and a mother of three interracial girls. I'm committed to fostering healthy conversation on the relationship between faith, culture and education.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing Capoeira or doing crafts with my kids in the backyard of my brownstone.



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