Rev. John T. Ames, PhD


Rev. Ames in the 350th Anniversary Parade

Rev. Ames in the 350th Anniversary Parade


Plaque in the Narthex of the First Presbyterian Church, East Hampton, NY

John T. Ames was minister from 1995 until his retirement in 2005. He is now “Pastor Emeritus.” John, who is a life-long Presbyterian, is a native of Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), BA; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, BD; and Duke University with a PhD in American history and religion. He was ordained in Bethesda, Maryland in 1965 and served churches there and in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and Anchorage (Louisville) Kentucky before coming to East Hampton.

At retirement, John and Gillian moved to Chestertown, Maryland. He served as Interim Pastor of the Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church in Newark, Delaware, and since 2008 has served as “Parish Associate” at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown with duties in adult education, pastoral care and worship leadership, and community involvement.

John’s ten years as the 19th minister of the East Hampton Church included the celebration of the 350th anniversary of both the church and the town in 1998. He delivered one of the Guild Hall lectures on the town’s history, and the church was honored with a visit by the Moderator of the General Assembly. His tenure also included the planning for the renovation of the Session House which took place shortly after his retirement. Under his ministry the church grew in numbers; enthusiasm for mission, both local and world-wide; and ecumenical, interfaith and community leadership. In East Hampton John was active in the Choral Society of the Hamptons, served on the Committee on Ministry and the Permanent Judicial Commission of Long Island Presbytery, and in numerous other community and denominational activities.

John and Gillian have three children: Jean DuBose, Baltimore, Maryland and two sons who lived in the church’s manse for some of the years that John was pastor here: John William, now in Kigali, Rwanda, and Andrew, who is a banquet chef at a resort in Key Largo, Florida. They have three grandchildren: Colin and Cecelia DuBose of Baltimore, and Benjamin John of Key Largo.


Religion in the Marketplace: The Churches of East Hampton
Rev. John T. Ames, East Hampton Library Lecture November 30, 2003

Booklet - A Brief History of the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton 1648 - 1998, Rev. John T. Ames (35page pdf file)

Leading the Way: Political Force of the Revs. James, Huntting, Buell and Beecher, Rev. John T. Ames, 1998 East Hampton 350th Anniversary Lecture Series

New Pastor Chosen, East Hampton Star, April 27, 1995

The Star talks to the Rev. John Ames - New Presbyterian Minister, East Hampton Star, October 5, 1995

Sermons in the Style of First Three Ministers, James, Huntting, Buell East Hampton Star , Michelle Napoli | January 22, 1998

Dr. Ames Delights in Church with Deep Roots, East Hampton Independent, September 2, 1998

Town Joins Nation In Hope And Mourning, East Hampton Star, Susan Rosenbaum | September 13, 2001

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Rev. Ames leading a community 9-11 service in 2001.

Rev. John Ames 2018

Rev. John Ames 2018