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.


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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 Nazarene Family,

We who serve you from the District office simply want to "thank you." May you experience a joy unspeakable and full of his glory.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, bring peace for today, and createsa vision for tomorrow." -Melody Beattie

Statement on the Status of Refugee Ministry at Camp Taconic 


Dear Metro NY family,

As you are aware, Camp Taconic, with the enthusiastic support of the churches on the District responded to the call to help the unaccompanied minors that are crossing the U.S. boarder from Central America. This summer we began a partnership with Urban Strategies' Refugio program to serve unaccompanied youth. We were informed this past week that Urban Strategies has lost part of their funding for this program and are therefore no longer able to continue their partnership with us. But we are NOT giving up. Our commitment to the refuges remains solid and we are now exploring options that include talking with other Christian ministries that are well funded and possibly interested in partnering with the camp and Metro NY District.
My heart is filled with hope and joy. Many of you have rallied around this call to help the children, you have donated your time, talent and treasure to help us get ready for them. Thank you...and don't give up. Let's not let this bump in the road undo us. Pray that the Lord will provide what is needed to welcome these children to our sacred grounds.

In the meantime, Camp Taconic is still open for retreats and group events. Exciting renovations are under way that will enhance our ability to serve retreat groups. We welcome inquiries from all who are interested in our work and ministry.

God is blessing you, and you are passing that along. It is such an honor to serve you.

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


Many of you have known that the Nazarene Publishing House has been struggling financially for the last few years. With the changing culture and how we get our reading material, the competition of online ordering and other unforeseeable challenges, regardless of attempts to turn things around, the decision has been made to close down operation of NPH.

The Board of General Superintendents has sent a letter detailing the events that led to this decision.

Click Here for Letter


October is Pastor Appreciation Month. It's a time for us to show, in tangible ways, our love and respect for who they are and what they do. The majority of our pastors work bi-vocationally in order to serve the Church. Many receive little or nothing monetarily from the local church and never complain. They are "called by God" to do what they do. They serve us in many ways during the most important and challenging times of our lives. Please find ways to thank our pastors this month. Talk to the church board secretary and see what you can do.

God bless you as you return honor and thanks to our leaders.Should you have any questions or suggestions on how we may be an encouragement to the clergy that lead us, feel free to contact me.

Click Here for More Information

Grace and peace,

Art Alexander

District Superintendent


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

Happy Retirement Rev. Ken Blish

Rev. Ken Blish's last day in the District Office was Thursday, August 28th. We will miss his presence and knowledge but we know that God will continue to bless him in this new chapter of his life. 

We are thankful for all the years of hard work and dedications. He will be greatly missed. If you would like to send letters of appreciation you can mail them to:

9510 Transit Rd., #313, East Amherst, NY14051 or E-mail him at

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....




The June Funding the Mission report is attached. The World Evangelism receipts year-to-date are .7% below the prior year and 3.73% below the forecast.

We are grateful for the faithfulness of Nazarenes around the world and have faith that God will multiply their giving toward the various ministries of the Church of the Nazarene.



Dr. Marilyn J. McCool

General Treasurer / Financial Officer
Tel: 913-577-2701 | Fax: 913-577-0843



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