Rev. Gary Meekins to speak at Waugh Chapel

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CAM­BRIDGE — Rev. Gary Meekins will be the guest speaker at an­nual Men’s Day at 3:30 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 14, at Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, 425 High Street, Cam­bridge.

The theme of the cel­e­bra­tion is “Methodist Men... Where Are You?” Rev. Meekins, a na­tive of Cam­bridge, is pas­tor of Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, Del., and Bethel United Methodist Church in Fed­er­als­burg.

Rev. Meekins is a 1970 grad­u­ate of Liv­ing­stone Col­lege, Sal­is­bury, North Carolina with a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree. He be­gan his min­istry as a mem­ber of the Penin­sula Con­fer­ence of the United Methodist Church. Or­dained a Dea­con in 1971, Rev. Meekins re­ceived his Masters of Di­vin­ity in 1974 from Wes­ley The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. He was or­dained an El­der at An­nual Con­fer­ence in 1974.

While a mem­ber of the Penin­sula Con­fer­ence, Rev. Meekins served as pas­tor of var­i­ous churches on the Eastern Shore of Mary­land and in Delaware. Dur­ing his ten­ure, Rev. Meekins achieved sev­eral ac­com­plish­ments. Dur­ing his first ap­point­ment at Janes and Em­manuel UMC, he played an in­stru­men­tal role in hav­ing a new church erected, Em­manuel UMC, Ch­ester­town.

Rev. Meekins went on to serve the Lewes Charge, Lewes, DE. and the Bridgeville Charge, Bridgeville, Del. In 1980 while serv­ing the Ber­lin Charge in Ber­lin, he helped to erect an ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity at St. Paul’s UMC which bears his por­trait and plaque ac­knowl­edg­ing his lead­er­ship.

He served as Cam­pus Min­is­ter at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Eastern Shore in 1984 while also serv­ing as Pas­tor of Metropoli­tan UMC, Princess Anne, MD. In 1985, he was named to a cross-racial ap­point­ment as the first African Amer­i­can to serve as se­nior pas­tor in the his­tory of Sil­ver­brook UMC in Wilm­ing­ton, Del.

In 1988, Rev. Meekins trans­ferred to the Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia Con­fer­ence and served in Philadel­phia as as­so­ciate pas­tor at the na­tion­ally known Tind­ley Tem­ple United Methodist Church in Philadel­phia, PA. From 1989 to 1995 Rev. Meekins was ap­pointed se­nior pas­tor of Mt. Zion UMC; from 1995 to 1999 he was ap­pointed to Whar­ton Wes­ley UMC; and from 1999 to 2004 he was ap­pointed to Cam­phor Me­mo­rial UMC, wherein 2004, he was ap­pointed by Bishop Peter Weaver to Po­cono Lake UMC in Po­cono Lake, Pa. as the first African Amer­i­can to serve this con­gre­ga­tion.

In 2008, Rev. Meekins re­turned to the Penin­sula Delaware Con­fer­ence where he served un­til 2010 as the first African Amer­i­can pas­tor at Ch­ester Bethel UMC, Wilm­ing­ton, Del. He also served as sec­re­tary of the Methodist Ac­tion Pro­gram


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