Metropolitan District

Superintendent


Rev. Denise Smartt Sears

Reverend Dr. Denise Smartt Sears is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She currently serves as district superintendent of the Metropolitan District of the New York Annual Conference. Rev. Sears was the first pastor of the New Rochelle United Methodist Church formed under her leadership. Previously, Rev. Sears served as the pastor of St. Luke’s UMC for eight years and Christ UMC for one year. Sears seeks to unite individuals from various socio economic and cultural backgrounds while strengthening the youth and small group ministries.  She is passionate about living out the challenge of being a church of “Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors.” By the grace of God she is equipped to…run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Rev. Sears holds a B.S. from Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana, a M.S. from Bank Street College of Education, New York, New York, and the M.Div. from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. She earned her D.Min from Drew University in Congregational Growth and Development in May, 2011.

She served the United Methodist Church of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York where she began an outreach ministry to the Russian community. In 1999 she was appointed pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church, Bronx, New York. There she instituted a midday weekly worship and praise service and enhanced their after school program. In 2002 Rev. Sears was ordained an elder and appointed as the first woman pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, New Rochelle, New York. Under her leadership Christ United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s merged and formed New Rochelle United Methodist Church with the motto: “UPLIFT: United People Living In Faith To Transform."

Active in the community, she is a member of the Coalition of Mutual Respect; Citizens for A Better New Rochelle; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Westchester Alumnae Chapter, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Westchester Chapter, and is a chaplain for the New Rochelle Police Department. Rev. Sears is married to Mr. Wendell T. Sears and they are the proud parents of two sons, Daniel and William.

Churches


Ardsley


Bronx: Bethel


Bronx: Butler Memorial


Bronx: Calvary


Bronx: Co-op City


Bronx: Crawford Memorial


Bronx: Epworth


Bronx: Fordham


Bronx: Ghana


Bronx: La Resurrección


Bronx: New Day


Bronx: St. Stephen's English


Bronx: St. Stephen's Hispanic


Bronx: Tremont


Bronx: Trinity (City Island)


Bronx: Wakefield Grace


Bronx: Westchester


Bronx: Woodycrest


Croton-on-Hudson: Asbury


Dobbs Ferry: Aldersgate


Hartsdale: St. Paul's


Mamaroneck


Manhattan: Chinese


Manhattan: Christ


Manhattan: Church of the Village


Manhattan: First Spanish


Manhattan: Grace


Manhattan: Japanese American United


Manhattan: John Street


Manhattan: Korean Methodist Church & Institute


Manhattan: Metropolitan Community


Manhattan: Metropolitan Koryo


Manhattan: Morningside


Manhattan: Mount Calvary/St. Mark's


Manhattan: Park Ave


Manhattan: Salem


Manhattan: St. Paul & St. Andrew


Mt. Vernon: Asbury


Mt. Vernon: First


New Rochelle


North Yonkers: Community


Ossining: St. Matthew's


Ossining: United


Pleasantville


Staten Island: Bethel


Staten Island: Christ


Staten Island: Christ Korean


Staten Island: Faith


Staten Island: Korean


Staten Island: Marn-Baeksung


Staten Island: St. Mark's


Staten Island: St. Paul's


Staten Island: Summerfield


Staten Island: Woodrow


Tarrytown


Tuckahoe: Central Korean


Valhalla


Westchester: Union Japanese


White Plains: Memorial


White Plains: Trinity


Yonkers: Asbury-Crestwood