Daryl & Wendy Meese
Daryl was born in Champaigne, Illinois and, as a military kid, moved frequently the first five years of his life before settling in his mother’s hometown of Smithfield, North Carolina at the age of five. Though he did not recognize how important it was to him until much later, Daryl’s love for diverse people was already evident as a young child through his friendships with African American, Hispanic and handicap people – boundary-crossing friendships that were uncommon in North Carolina at that time.
Daryl thought of himself as “spiritual but not religious,” though he was neither until accepting Jesus when he was thirty years old. After five years filling various volunteer ministry roles in the church, Daryl accepted the call to ministry, closed his internet software business, became a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church, and began studying for an M. Div at Asbury Seminary.During seminary, Daryl completed several internships and helped launch a new church start, serving as Pastor of Small Groups for a short time before recognizing God’s call for him to return the North St. Louis County, where he and Wendy have lived for ten years. Daryl then became the part-time local pastor of North Hills UMC, where he has been serving for the last two years. He graduated from Asbury Seminary in December of 2013.