Reverend Richard Meeks serves as the District Superintendent for the East Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church. He is active in church planting and serving the marginalized. Through his ministry, Meeks focuses on racial reconciliation. “We have really seen people come together as the body of Christ,” he stated.
Meeks said, “I always knew I had a strong sense of call to ministry.” He felt his call to ministry in sixth grade and even preached his first sermon as early as eighth grade. After high school, Meeks enlisted in the military and served our country until deciding to leave in pursuit of an education in ministry.
Currently, Meeks is helping plant a church in Detroit called Mosaic Midtown Church. As District Superintendent, Meeks has made it a priority of the East Michigan District to focus on helping resolve the Flint Water Crisis. While there is a significant amount of the Flint population who cannot use their water, they are taking steps toward fixing this by establishing Flint Grassroots Initiative (FGI). FGI provides clean water, hygiene centers, physical and mental care, fresh fruits and vegetables, Spanish language volunteers and job training all with the goal of reconciliation with the marginalized in mind.
Meeks work revolves around meeting the population’s physical needs, as well as their spiritual. “You have to work hard at building relationships with other people and reaching those who don’t know Christ,” said Meeks.
Written by Emily Lehner, a writer for the Alumni Center and a sophomore Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at www.emilylehner.wordpress.com.