Rev. Dr. Denise Smartt Sears appointed Metropolitan District Superintendent

Rev. Dr. Denise Smartt Sears appointed Metropolitan District Superintendent


January 28, 2013

Beloved Friends:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Dr. Denise Smartt Sears as the District Superintendent for the Metropolitan District of the New York Annual Conference. The appointment will begin July 1, 2013.

Reverend Dr. Denise Smartt Sears is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She currently serves as pastor of the New Rochelle United Methodist Church. Previously, Reverend Sears served as the pastor of St. Luke's UMC and Christ UMC. Sears seeks to unite individuals from various socio economic and cultural backgrounds while strengthening youth and emerging small group ministries. She is passionate about living out the challenge of being a church of "Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors."

Reverend Sears possesses an authentic spiritual presence. Her effectiveness is a treasure to our Conference, and I ask you to join me in celebrating her new appointment.

Reverend 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.

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

All my prayers,

Bishop Martin D. McLee