Rev. Dr. Daniel Meyer
Rev. Dr. Daniel Meyer grew up in Chappaqua, New York, and graduated from Horace Greeley High School in 1977. Over the course of his young adult years, Dan gained varied life experiences working 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 U.S. senator and ambassador, Dan acquired an early interest in politics and public service. While a student at Yale University, he served two terms as head of the student government, received the John C. Schroeder Prize for Leadership, rowed on a Henley-finalist crew team, and graduated in 1981 with honors and distinction in the field of Political Science.
Dan experienced several life-changing events as a teenager that greatly influenced him. This took him on a faith journey that refocused his attention toward God.
He took action on this following college, where he spent two years serving and learning alongside the pastor and people of the Duncairn Presbyterian Church, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. There he worked among the area’s youth, started a ministry that brought together Protestant and Catholic senior adults, helped to start an ecumenical community service center (the 174 Trust), served as a part-time hospital chaplain, and played semi-pro basketball on one of the province’s few Protestant-Catholic teams.
This pastoral experience was the beginning of what would become his life’s work.
Upon returning to the United States, Dan earned a Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. Before graduating in 1985, he was awarded the Senior Prize for Excellence in Preaching and served as a seminary assistant at Presbyterian churches in Clinton and Woodstown, New Jersey. In 2008, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
From 1985-1991, Dan served as an Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, in California, a suburb of San Francisco. It was there, in 1988, that he married his wife, Amy.
In 1991, they were called to the Village Community Presbyterian Church of Rancho Santa Fe, north of San Diego. There they saw God grow a solo pastor church with aging facilities into a multiple-staff congregation with a full ministry program, new land and buildings, and an active stake in Christian missions.
Since 1997, Dan has been the Lead Pastor of Christ Church, a vital nondenominational, multisite church with locations in Oak Brook and Downers Grove, about 20 miles west of Chicago. Christ Church offers both classic and contemporary worship services, as well as livestreaming and a substantial on-demand media library. The congregation averages approximately 2,500 in weekend attendance, 150 full and part-time staff, and hundreds of volunteer servant-leaders. The church invests approximately $1.3M annually in 80 domestic and global mission partnerships that multiply churches, lift women and children, transform communities, relieve suffering and develop leaders.
Dan’s messages are frequently featured in Preaching Today, and are available through the Media portion of the church’s website. In 2019, Dan was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Additionally, he moderates the Executives Breakfast Club (a forum for business leaders), and is the recipient of four Emmy Awards for his role as host of Life Focus – a television newsmagazine airing on PBS and other stations. He is the author of Discovering God (Waterfall Press, 2014), Witness Essentials (InterVarsity Press, 2012), and co-author of Leadership Essentials (IVP, 2007).
Dan and his family make their home in the western suburbs of Chicago.