Joe and Laura Bergquist

Joined Metro in 2015

After being a part of and serving a large congregation in New York City, we felt compelled to be more a part of our Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. We visited several places and then decided to visit Metro on the advice of a friend and to “check it off the list.” That was September of 2015 and we’ve never left. After life in many corporate churches, the simplicity of the commitment to the neighborhood and each other makes this community extraordinary. Our service, our money and our time truly make a difference to our neighborhood community of faith. Metro not only serves Hell’s Kitchen through the Clothing Closet, Food Pantry, Tutoring, Camps, Rooftop Garden, programs for Veterans and Women in Crisis, but it is a place where we can invite any person and not be fearful that they will feel judged or unwelcome. We love our pastors and the words of wisdom, gospel and courage they lead with. We love the music and scripture that is lifted humbly as a weekly offering. We love that the building is used around the clock for programs the church sponsors as well as welcoming others to use it in a myriad of ways. We love that every dollar is used to the fullest and without waste. But mostly we love that we are known and welcomed and encouraged by God through every member of the community. God is here and you are welcome.

Kerry Cissell & Melissa Harlow

Joined Metro in 2012

After moving to the area in September 2012, we were seeking a church that had a passion for social justice, a strong sense of community, and was open and affirming to all. We were drawn to Metro because of what the Sunday church does Monday thru Saturday. Seeing the church transform to a weekly clothing closet, food pantry, tutoring center, rooftop garden, etc. we were excited to begin serving. Our first Sunday there, we found a warm sense of family and an uplifting community. We felt wanted and valued. We attended a couple churches in Manhattan after our move, and Metro was the first church where we felt immediately included. People invited us to lunch, asked us to volunteer, learned our names, and understood the loneliness a couple might feel moving from the Midwest. We found a family in a city where we had none.

Alan H. Green

Joined Metro in 2012

Metro is an answer to my prayers (and my mom's). Its so nice to have found a church in NYC that I go to because I actually want to go and not simply because I feel like I should go. And it's been a long time coming for me. I have lived in NYC over the course of the last 13 years and have attended many churches all over Manhattan. I feel a little like Goldilocks....most of the churches were a little too this or a little too that but Metro was 'just right.' 

If you are looking for a church that loves God and can love you exactly the way you are then Metro is the place for you.