Since its inception in 1985, the New York Metro District has endeavored to catalyze revival among a rapidly growing and fast paced society. The City of New York is saturated with cultures from everywhere in the world. The mission is clear: to IMPACT this metropolitan area with apostolic doctrine resulting in a global revival.
NY METRO DISTRICT, UPCI – A BRIEF HISTORY
Starting in 1985 with 13 churches and 15 ministers to present 32 churches, 9 preaching points and 135 Ministers and Pastors. Being the first “Home Missions District” NY Metro became a recognized District of the UPCI within a state district. (Usual status was one district per state). NY Metro began the first official Spanish Speaking outreach ministry for the UPCI within the USA Incorporating Spanish / English functions and participation in the district.
- 12/1985 – 5/1990 -Rev. Jack E. Yonts, General Director of Home Missions UPCI Superintendent and held his General Office in Hazelwood, MO.
- 5/1990 – 5/2001 – Rev. Scotty F. Teets
- 5/2001 – 5/2003 – Rev. Robert S. Carter
- 5/2003 – 5/2011 – Rev. Arthur Thomas
- 5/2011 – 5/2019 – Rev. Devon Dawson
- 5/2019 – Present – Rev. Michael Mitchell – District Superintendent
Bishop Micheal A. Mitchell
Micheal A. Mitchell is the Pastor of New Life Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn, New York. He was elected Pastor in April 1989 with a membership of twelve. Over the past 32 years, the membership has grown to over 1000 people. He has mentored twenty-six ministries, which consist of Pastors, Ministers, Evangelists, and Teachers. He served as the Section 2 Presbyter for the New York Metro District and Pastoral Advisor to the Children’s Ministry (Sunday School) of UPCI for 16 years. He also served as the Building the Bridge Ministries Director of the United Pentecostal Church International for two years and most recently was elected Superintendent of the New York Metro District. He is the author of the Bread Crumbs Series Volume 1-4. He has been happily married to Vivienne Mitchell for more than 42 years. As a pastor, evangelist, visionary, mentor, and author, Bishop Mitchell gives the Lord Jesus Christ the glory for the privilege of serving in such an anointed ministry.
Rev. Thomas Vayna
Rev. Thomas Vayna has been the New York Metro District Secretary-Treasurer since March 2020. Prior to that, he was the District Global Missions Director. Pastor Vayna has been a member of Bethel United Pentecostal Church in Old Westbury for over 50 years where he serves as Assistant Pastor, Secretary-Treasurer, and Purpose Institute Administrator. Before entering full-time ministry, Pastor Vayna worked for 30 years in Human Resources. Pastor Vayna has been happily married to his wife Brenda for over 38 years. They have one son, Brandon.
Rev. Santos Jiménez
District Spanish Evangelism Ministry Coordinator
Rev. Santos Jiménez received the Holy Ghost in 1986 and has been the pastor of Iglesia Vida en Abundancia in Hollis, Queens for the past 12 years. He and his wife Elvira Jiménez have three sons: Pastor Santy Jiménez, Yefry Jiménez and David Jiménez. One of their greatest joys is knowing that they all serve and live for the Lord. His passion is soul-winning for the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is currently serving as the NY Metro District Spanish Evangelism Ministry Coordinator.
Rev. Wilmer Estupinan
Section 3 Presbyter
Rev. Wilmer Estupinan is the founding Pastor of Iglesia Despertar – UPCI and is the Section 3 Presbyter of the NY Metro District. Previously, Pastor Estupinan was the NY Metro District Men’s Ministry Director (2018-2019) and the NY Metro District North American Missions Secretary (2017). Pastor Estupinan is an international lawyer and senior member of the Inter-American Bar Association.
Rev. Nerrick Chung-Ying
Section 2 Presbyter
Rev. Nerrick A. Chung-Ying is the Senior Pastor of Word of Life Apostolic Center, in Rahway NJ, an Ordained Minister with the UPCI, and a NY Metro District Board Member. He is an IT and Finance professional as well as an Advisor to the City of Rahway Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Prevention and an Advocate for multi-cultural evangelism and congregations. He has been married to his wife Janet for 32 years, and has two sons (Andrew and Chris), a daughter-in-law (Julie), and grandson (Judah).
Rev. Maximo Lopez
Section 1 Presbyter
Rev. Maximo Lopez pastors Casa De Refugio Y Restauración in Yonkers, NY and has a daughter work in Peekskill, NY that he started a few years ago, with the vision of planting two new churches in the Bronx and Long Island. He has had the honor of working with the District Board as the Spanish Director for more than ten years and now has the privilege to serve as the Presbyter for Section 1. He has been married to his wife Sis. Joselyn Lopez for 35 years and is blessed to work in ministry with all of his children: Rev. Alan Lopez, Rev. Ariel Lopez, and Sis. Genesis Lopez.
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