NYC Honorary Street Names


Pastor Agustín Quiles Jr. Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of West 21st Street and Mermaid Avenue
Honoree: Pastor Agustin Quiles Jr., (1947-2017) was affectionately known as the “Pastor of Coney Island.” Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, he graduated from Manhattan's Seward Park High School and then the International Bible Institute. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and two Doctoral degrees. Ordained at the age of 27, he became the co-pastor of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ, “Christ is Coming” in Coney Island, and seven years later, its Senior Pastor. He served the church as Senior Pastor for 35 years, expanding its membership and services. He also served as a chaplain with the Police Department and the Department of Corrections. Pastor Quiles was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council for Pentecostal Churches of Jesus Christ, as well as a teacher at the International Bible Institute, for over 40 years. He was known for providing funeral services to needy community members, and using the church’s resources to feed the homeless and hungry. During Superstorm Sandy, he dedicated most of his time and resources to providing warm meals, clothing and emergency shelter to those affected. This was particularly remarkable since his own home, as well as his children’s and his church, were destroyed by the storm. (Treyger)

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