Our History

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.

Our Values

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.

Our Team

District Leadership

Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassel

District Superintendent
(516) 561-8614
samvassel@mnynaz.com

Rev. Bruce Barnard

Director of Operations and Finance
Executive Director of Manhattan Initiative
(516) 561-8614 EXT: 7670
pastorbruce@mnynaz.com

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey T. Barker

Director of Clergy and Congregational Life
Executive Director of Palmer Institute
(516) 561-8614
jeff@mnynaz.com

Rev. Althea Taylor

Director of Compassion, Justice, and Immigration
(516) 561-8614
althea@mnynaz.com

District Staff

Rev. Christine Paolino

Chairperson of SDMI Board
Dean of the Palmer Institute
(516) 561-8614 EXT: 7668
pastorchristine@mnynaz.com

Rev. Phillip Park

President of Asian American Ministries
(516) 813-7868
phillipaam@mnynaz.com

Rev. Norberto Rivera (Tito)

President of NYI
District Communications Coordinator
(516) 561-8614
tito@mnynaz.com

TBD

President of NMI
(516) 561-8614
missions@mnynaz.com

Nancy L. Rivera

Assistant to the District Superintendent
(516) 561-8614 EXT: 7671
nancy@mnynaz.com

Coleen Mendes

District Bookkeeper
(516) 561-8614 EXT: 7669
coleen@mnynaz.com

Everith Palmer

Assistant District Bookkeeper
(516) 561-8614 EXT: 7675
everith@mnynaz.com

June Nuzzo

CPA/Accountant

Julissa Urrutia

Administrative Assistant
(516) 561-8614
julissa@mnynaz.com

Diana Lodespoto

Administrative Assistant
(516) 561-8614
diana@mnynaz.com

Ron Carlton

Properties Coordinator
(516) 561-8614
rontavis@msn.com

District Advisory Board & Council

Rev. Dr. Les Mullings

DAB Secretary

Humphrey Crookendale, Esq.
Rev. Otoniel Cruz
Ann Van Hine
Miriam Hunte
Rev. Yves Latouche
Rick O’Neil
Rev. Carlene Reynolds
Rev. Josefina Stephens
Honorable Wavny Toussaint
John Butters

District Treasurer

David Mendez

District Secretary