A series on female pastors in Brooklyn, who are becoming increasingly common as churches open up in alternative spaces, such as storefronts and homes, across the borough. Produced for The New York Times. See the full story  here . Pictured: Linda Laney at her church, the Timothy Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

A series on female pastors in Brooklyn, who are becoming increasingly common as churches open up in alternative spaces, such as storefronts and homes, across the borough. Produced for The New York Times. See the full story here. Pictured: Linda Laney at her church, the Timothy Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

  Linda Laney at her church, the Timothy Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

Linda Laney at her church, the Timothy Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

 The Rev. Susie Elliott, 83, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Brooklyn. At Mt. Paran, Pastor Susie shares the pulpit with her daughter, Damele Collier, 38.

The Rev. Susie Elliott, 83, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Brooklyn. At Mt. Paran, Pastor Susie shares the pulpit with her daughter, Damele Collier, 38.

 Debbie Jackson, a pastor, at her home in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Debbie Jackson, a pastor, at her home in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

 Irene J. Wallace, senior pastor of the Friendly Christian Church in Brooklyn.

Irene J. Wallace, senior pastor of the Friendly Christian Church in Brooklyn.

 The evangelist Vandalyn Kennedy in Mt. Sinai Cathedral in Brooklyn. Ms. Kennedy has been evangelizing for 17 years.

The evangelist Vandalyn Kennedy in Mt. Sinai Cathedral in Brooklyn. Ms. Kennedy has been evangelizing for 17 years.

 The Rev. Ayana Ajanaku-Vason inside Ebenezer Christian Center Ministries in Brooklyn.

The Rev. Ayana Ajanaku-Vason inside Ebenezer Christian Center Ministries in Brooklyn.

 The Rev. Susie Elliott, 83, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church at 12 Schaefer Street in Brooklyn. Pastor Susie discovered early on that simply being ordained would not guarantee a woman a spot at the pulpit. Often women were "benched" while the men led the congregation.

The Rev. Susie Elliott, 83, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church at 12 Schaefer Street in Brooklyn. Pastor Susie discovered early on that simply being ordained would not guarantee a woman a spot at the pulpit. Often women were "benched" while the men led the congregation.

 A series on female pastors in Brooklyn, who are becoming increasingly common as churches open up in alternative spaces, such as storefronts and homes, across the borough. Produced for The New York Times. See the full story  here . Pictured: Linda Laney at her church, the Timothy Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
  Linda Laney at her church, the Timothy Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
 The Rev. Susie Elliott, 83, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Brooklyn. At Mt. Paran, Pastor Susie shares the pulpit with her daughter, Damele Collier, 38.
 Debbie Jackson, a pastor, at her home in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
 Irene J. Wallace, senior pastor of the Friendly Christian Church in Brooklyn.
 The evangelist Vandalyn Kennedy in Mt. Sinai Cathedral in Brooklyn. Ms. Kennedy has been evangelizing for 17 years.
 The Rev. Ayana Ajanaku-Vason inside Ebenezer Christian Center Ministries in Brooklyn.
 The Rev. Susie Elliott, 83, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church at 12 Schaefer Street in Brooklyn. Pastor Susie discovered early on that simply being ordained would not guarantee a woman a spot at the pulpit. Often women were "benched" while the men led the congregation.

A series on female pastors in Brooklyn, who are becoming increasingly common as churches open up in alternative spaces, such as storefronts and homes, across the borough. Produced for The New York Times. See the full story here. Pictured: Linda Laney at her church, the Timothy Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

Linda Laney at her church, the Timothy Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

The Rev. Susie Elliott, 83, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Brooklyn. At Mt. Paran, Pastor Susie shares the pulpit with her daughter, Damele Collier, 38.

Debbie Jackson, a pastor, at her home in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Irene J. Wallace, senior pastor of the Friendly Christian Church in Brooklyn.

The evangelist Vandalyn Kennedy in Mt. Sinai Cathedral in Brooklyn. Ms. Kennedy has been evangelizing for 17 years.

The Rev. Ayana Ajanaku-Vason inside Ebenezer Christian Center Ministries in Brooklyn.

The Rev. Susie Elliott, 83, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church at 12 Schaefer Street in Brooklyn. Pastor Susie discovered early on that simply being ordained would not guarantee a woman a spot at the pulpit. Often women were "benched" while the men led the congregation.

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