Before the turn of the twentieth century, a small group of New Yorkers had a big dream: “to preach holiness evangelism to a new and rapidly developing part of the city”.
This community of 32 became the initial seed plant that merged with the Church of the Nazarene in 1907. On that historic occasion, witnesses later said that “the rafters shook with the demonstration of joy.”
Today, the Metro New York District Church of the Nazarene touches lives from across the globe. Over 120 churches across the New York metropolitan area, from a multitude of cultures, live out that “holiness experience” in their homes, at their jobs, and within their churches.
We celebrate this grand mosaic of the Church and dream of the possibilities yet to come.
We Are a Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
We Are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace — cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. We understand this as “Christlikeness.”
We Are a Missional People
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (See: Matthew 28:19-20 and 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission begins in worship, ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship and prepares women and men for Christian service through faith-based education.
Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassel
Rev. Bruce Barnard
Director of Operations and Finance
Executive Director of Manhattan Initiative
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Rev. Dr. Jeffrey T. Barker
Director of Clergy and Congregational Life
Executive Director of Palmer Institute
Rev. Althea Taylor
Director of Compassion, Justice, and Immigration
Rev. Christine Paolino
Chairperson of SDMI Board
Dean of the Palmer Institute
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Rev. Phillip Park
President of Asian American Ministries
Rev. Norberto Rivera (Tito)
President of NYI
District Communications Coordinator
President of NMI
Nancy L. Rivera
Assistant to the District Superintendent
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Assistant District Bookkeeper
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District Advisory Board & Council
Rev. Dr. Les Mullings
Humphrey Crookendale, Esq.
Rev. Otoniel Cruz
Ann Van Hine
Rev. Yves Latouche
Rev. Carlene Reynolds
Rev. Josefina Stephens
Honorable Wavny Toussaint