The Rev. George Borthwick was ordained by the Presbytery of Long Island in Occtober 1935, and served the church as pastor until 1940. While pastor, he wrote a history of the church: "The Church at the South," which has been acclaimed as a chronicle of the beginnings of the first English-speaking settlements on Long Island, especially the Town of Brookhaven. At his ordination, which took place at the South Haven church, the Rev. Henry Sloan Coffin (then president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City) preached the sermon. It is said that Rev. Coffin arranged for the planting of the mother tulip tree to this sapling at the then Presbyterian manse, now the home of Claudia Taylor.

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