Tyler Sprouse

 

Email

Mailing Address
Grace UMC
125 West 104th St
New York, NY 10025

Phone
(212) 316-3161

Pastor Tyler Sprouse has a heart for serving God and His people. Although a relative new-comer to the New York Annual Conference, throughout his undergraduate and divinity school studies, Pastor Sprouse was actively involved in various forms of Christian ministry. He has served as:
 
  • Student Pastor of Bridgeport United Methodist Church in West Virginia under the leadership and mentorship of Rev. Dr. Ken Ramsey (2014-2017)
     
  • Student pastor at Bridgeport United Methodist Church, where he led Bible studies and faith-oriented discussions at weekly youth group meetings, helped lead other youth group events and preach in the context of Saturday and Sunday worship services and in nursing home settings. He also  helped lead the worship liturgy and serve communion.
  • Student pastoral intern at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, among other things, he led liturgy each week; led a reading initiative and Bible lessons sponsored by Project Transformation; ministered to incarcerated persons in the Marion County Jail; led a six-week adult education class on a theology text; organized a group of parishioners to attend a protest at the state capital building (protesting the President’s immigration policies at the Mexico-U.S. border) and represented the church at the monthly “Indiana Faith and Politics” meetings.
Pastor Sprouse has also worked in the Workforce Development office at Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina where he ministered to the community’s most vulnerable residents—people experiencing extreme levels of poverty, lack of permanent shelter, mental illness, the collateral consequences of having past justice-involvement and other obstacles and crises. He assisted clients in preparing their resumes, job applications, and getting employment-related resources (such as driver’s license renewal processes, jobs skills trainings, federal bonding letter access, among others).

While serving with Urban Ministries of Durham, Pastor Sprouse also served as a community advocate through a program called the “Second Chance Coalition,” created to facilitate partnerships between local businesses and homeless shelter residents. The program focused on giving those struggling with homelessness a “second chance” at employment, a living wage, and easier access to stable housing.

A West Virginia native, Pastor Sprouse earned a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) in Religious Studies and Philosophy from West Virginia University and a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Duke University Divinity School. 

Serving

Manhattan: Grace
125 West 104th Street
New York, NY 10025-4254
(917) 409-1178