Statement on the shootings in Charleston S. C.

The Metro NY Churches of the Nazarene offer our heartfelt prayers for our brothers and sisters at Emmanuel AME Church and the entire Charleston S. C. community. Acts of senseless violence like this are inconceivable to most of us and leave us with a profound sadness. It is difficult not to feel anger toward the shooter who ambushed a group of defenseless saints gathered to study the Bible and pray...but "the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God." James 1:20

As Martin Luther King Jr. put it,

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."

These are difficult times but we must never give up hope. Let us continue to be diligent in serving our communities as beacons of light, in Jesus' Name. There is God and there is evil...and evil does not have the last word; God does.

In Him,

Art Alexander
Metro New York District Superintendent
420 W Merrick Road
Valley Stream, NY 11580
(516) 317-0496(516) 317-0496 Cell
(516) 561-8614(516) 561-8614 Office
(516) 561-8615 Fax

May 7th is National Day of Prayer
America needs your prayers.

The National Day of Prayer   is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation".  

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning. 

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Dear friends,


Resources are now available for the upcoming 2015 Easter Offering for the World Evangelism Fund. The offering is typically taken on Easter Sunday, April 5, but may be customized in light of local churches' needs.

This year's theme, Every Tongue Confess, focuses on Philippians 2:1-11, where Paul speaks of the great sacrifice that Christ made in order to bring His people to unity with Him. Funds received from the offering provide essential resources for outreach in the Church of the Nazarene's 159 world areas.






Dear Church,

Let us support and listen to the stories of God through our Missionaries
God is real and He does miracles even to the ends of the earth.

Missionary Dr. Bill Kwon will be visiting the Metro New York District from June 12th to June 27th, 2015.

Give your church or groups a first-hand opportunity to hear the exciting ways in which God is working in Myanmar (Burma) [this place is in an area of persecution against Christians].

Retired Missionary Linda Braaten will be visiting us from March 25th to April 15th, 2015

Linda has served as a global missionary with the Church of the Nazarene at the Regional Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, since January 1999.



Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It has been my personal practice to follow the Christian calendar for many years now. I receive so much from focusing on Advent instead of Christmas , Lent in place of Spring etc. We are approaching the beginning of Lent that begins next week on Ash Wednesday. I thought you might be interested in joining me on this forty day journey.
Ruth Haley Barton reminds us of our deep hunger for more of God and the spiritual disciplines that put us in the place of a greater experience with Him.


Just a gentle invitation.

Your brother in Jesus,

"I thank my God every time I remember you..." (Phil. 1:3)

Pastor Art
(516) 317-0496 Cell

 Jersey City Church of the Nazarene has a new pastor.


Vicki Webb was born and currently lives in Jersey City, NJ. She has been married to Ronald Webb Jr. for 21 years. They have three children together: 22 year old daughter Raini, 16 year old son Bassell and 13 year old daughter Tempest.

She felt a calling into the ministry in 2001 and verbalized it to Pastor Larry in 2004. She then attained a job in 2004 at New City Kids which is a faith based non profit . She worked there for 8 years counseling, mentoring and discipling teenagers.

She was doing well there but in 2012 she felt God moving her from there. She started writing and recently finished a 40 day devotional and is working on a play. Pastor Larry then began speaking to her more about pastoring the church after he retired. She accepted the invitation and in now pastoring the Jersey City Church of the Nazarene. in 2013.

You can e-mail Pastor Vicki at



Metro New York Pastor Becomes Circuit Rider Preacher

Pastor Ron Pankey and his wife Kathi, accepted a call from the Fishkill Church of the Nazarene to become their next pastor, but that does not mean he has resigned from his present assignment as pastor at the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene. Because of the close proximity of the churches the Pankeys will be serving both congregations. This is made possible by the generous and enthusiastic support of both congregations. Lets join together in prayerful support with this new venture.


You can send them words of encouragement to




Join us in welcoming the newest members to our District Pastoral Team.

Pastor Stephen and Christi Bennett are the new co-pastors of the Warwick Valley Church of the Nazarene. They have been ministering as a team since their marriage in 1990, serving in places as far away as the Philippines and New Zealand and as near as Nyack College in Rockland County.

They are passionate about connecting people with the living and active Word of God. Both earned Master of Divinity degrees from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1990 and PhDs from the University of Manchester in England in 1995.

Pastors Christi and Stephen live with their four children and their fluffy black dog in a house full of books, Legos and musical instruments. They enjoy hiking and biking with their family along the many scenic trails in the Hudson Valley.


Dear Friends,

This summer many of our Nazarene churches participated in missionary trips around the world and the USA. We are thankful that our churches are responding to the Great Commission of Christ to GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS. Please take some time to view the pictures.

Thank God for Missionary Trips 2014!!!

Take a look at the pictures below...



Dear Friends,

Please take a few minutes to watch the link below. It is less that 10 minutes. It is very helpful in trying to understand how to mend the racial divide in our nation. Dr. Porter sent this Bill Hybels video to Dr. Broadbooks and he to us.

It is really worth the time.



Dear Friends,

The LINKS program of the Church of the Nazarene is a network of personal connections between missionaries and Nazarenes around the world. Missionaries are assigned to districts and, then on the district level, connected to local churches. Here are the names and biographies of the missionaries that have been assign to our District.

Please read their biographies and share their information with your church members.


Please do not stop praying for our precious full time missionaries.

In Jesus,
Yelssy Manza
NMI President Metro NY District

An Important Message from Yelssy Manza our Metro NY Missionary President


"I am so amazed at the things God is doing in the lives of young Nazarene people who want to make a difference at this time. Yes! Post-modern youth, who not only want knowledge and logic but above all, want a real experience, full of action, just like the Lord Jesus. I have visited churches during these past few months and have found youth who prayed two years ago for a missionary experience. And now......


An Inspirational Story from Saving Souls for Christ Church of the Nazarene in Jalapa, Guatemala

Our Spanish District Coordinator, Juan David Paniagua, shared with us the new birth of "Saving Souls for Christ" Church of the Nazarene in Jalapa, Guatemala. Sister Marina Recinos, a member of Juan David's church, decided four years ago to move back to Guatemala. Once there, as an expression of gratitude to the Lord she decided to hold a service at her new home. The service had such an impact that the group decided to continue meeting every two weeks. Over the months, the meeting became a weekly event and many people were receiving Christ. In the beginning of 2014, it became clear that they needed a bigger location. The group decided to name the church "Saving Souls for Christ," which reflects the spirit that drives every member of this new church. On June 23, 2014 Pastor Juan David and his wife, Paola, traveled to Guatemala with the purpose of opening the church and to celebrate a mini campaign. During that week the Lord moved greatly. They baptized seven church members and 20 people came to Christ. The new church now has an attendance of 60 people but during the inauguration they had a total of 120 people of which 30 were children. Pastor Juan David calls this church their daughter and is helping with mentoring, leadership training, discipleship of believers, and a project to assist low-income children. He and Paola plan to visit their Parent Affiliated Church (PAC) in December to continue the work that has already been established.

We ask for you to keep the new congregation in Guatemala in your prayers. We know that you will be
encouraged to hear the miracles that God is doing outside our borders.

Here are some pictures....




My Fellow Leaders,

How do we know if we are being effective? Sometimes it is difficult to know if our ministry makes a  difference - a lasting impact. There's only one way to know your ministry's effectiveness: measurement. This month we wanted to give you the tools to design programs to produce measurable outcomes.

We are here to serve you and help you do what God has called you to do.

Connect well with your community - To find important resources for your local church and community read the rest of this message by clicking HERE.


Jay Height
Coordinator, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada