The Penn York District

The Penn York District is one of 24 districts in the North American Conference of the Wesleyan Church, and is comprised of 79 local churches across Central New York, as well as the Northern Tier and western half of Pennsylvania.

Our district is comprised of large and small churches, urban and rural, with many in existence for over 100 years and some less than a year old! All united around the mission to make disciples that make disciples and plant new churches, until we have a transforming presence in every zip code in our region.

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The eastern border of the district runs from the northern most corner of Jefferson County, NY on the St. Lawrence River, south into the state of Pennsylvania. The boundary then continues south along the eastern border of Susquehanna County, PA and then heads west, along the southern borders of Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties to U.S. Route 15. The district boundary then follows U.S. Route 15 south to the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line, at which point it turns to follow the Pennsylvania state line to the southwestern corner of the state. The district boundary then turns north, following the state border with Ohio to Lake Erie, following along Lake Erie to the New York state line. The boundary then follows the NY State border south and east to the western border of McKean County, where it runs south along the western border of McKean County, and then east along the southern borders of McKean and Potter Counties. The district boundary then follows the western border of Tioga County to the New York state line, extending north to the Rochester area and Lake Ontario, which also serves as a natural, northern boundary.


Rev. Dr. Matthew Pickering

District Superintendent

Rev. Carl Chapman

Assistant District Superintendent

Rev. Alan Eckenroad

Assistant District Superintendent

Mrs. Tammy Leonard

Executive Director

Rev. Gary Hart

Business Manager

Mr. Kurt Parker

Finance Director

Mrs. Sheila Huey

Administrative Assistant

Our Mission

The Penn York District exists to glorify God and empower local churches to raise up disciples that make disciples and churches that multiply themselves.

Our Strategy

Developing effective pastors and local church leaders
Cultivating healthy, growing, multiplying churches
Planting multiplying churches

Our Core Values


A commitment to holiness of heart and life

The Authority of Scripture

A commitment to the Word of God as absolute truth

Reliance on the Holy Spirit

A commitment to Spirit-led and empowered ministry


A commitment to making disciples that make disciples


A commitment to helping churches start new life cycles


A commitment to multiplying disciples, gatherings and churches


A commitment to releasing believers for ministry and multiplication

Team orientation

A commitment to the district team of pastors and churches


A commitment to creativity, innovation, and adaptability

Lifelong learning

A commitment to continued growth and development