Daniel Dominick Meyer
Senior Pastor, Christ Church of Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois
Christ Church of Oak Brook (nondenominational);
Ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Daniel Meyer grew up in Chappaqua, a suburb of New York City, and during his young adult years, worked on an off-shore oil rig, in a maximum security prison, at IBM’s world corporate headquarters, and on a farm. As the son of a state senator and nephew of a US senator and ambassador, Dan acquired an early interest in politics and public service, earning his bachelor’s in political science from Yale University in 1981 with honors and distinction. As a student, he served two terms as head of the student government, received the John C. Schroeder Prize for Leadership, and rowed on a Henley-finalist crew team.
Following college, Dan volunteered for two years at the Duncairn Presbyterian Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he worked among the area’s youth and senior adults, helped to found an ecumenical community service center (the 174 Trust), and played semi-pro basketball on one of the province’s few Protestant-Catholic teams.
Dan completed an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary. Before graduating in 1985, he was awarded the Long-Grier Prize for Excellence in Preaching and served as an assistant at Presbyterian churches in Clinton and Woodstown, New Jersey. He later received a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008.
From 1985 to 1991, Dan served as an associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, a suburb of San Francisco. In 1991, he became the senior pastor of the Village Community Presbyterian Church of Rancho Santa Fe, north of San Diego.
Since March of 1997, Dr. Meyer has been senior pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook, a nondenominational congregation whose ministry is based on a 25-acre campus 30 miles west of Chicago. Christ Church has an average weekend attendance of more than 2,500 persons and is served by 10 clergy and some 60 other staff members. The congregation invests $1.5M annually in 80 domestic and global mission partnerships.
Dan’s teaching ministry extends beyond Christ Church through a variety of media channels. An estimated weekly audience of 60,000 households hears his messages on WPWR television and WGN radio. His sermons are frequently featured in Christianity Today’s Preaching Today resource, appearing in their Top Ten list for the past three years. His books, Witness Essentials (InterVarsity Press, 2012) and Leadership Essentials (InterVarsity Press, 2007), are widely used resources on Christian influence. Dr. Meyer is also the on-air host of Life Focus Television, a multiple Emmy Award–winning news magazine broadcast on PBS and religious networks nationwide.
Dan is married to Amy Ballard Meyer, an interior designer with Garnett Architects in Chicago. They make their home in Hinsdale, Illinois, and have three sons.
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|Dean’s Advisory Board ||Midwestern University |
|Chaplain ||Executives Breakfast Club of Oak Brook |