Daryl W. Arnold, Senior Pastor
Daryl W. Arnold is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the youngest of five children, born to Cladie Arnold. He attended Brainerd High School and graduated in 1988. After graduating from high school, he decided to further his education by attending Knoxville College where he received a B.S. degree in Business Management and Marketing. While in college, Daryl participated in several social and civic organizations. He was an extremely active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity inc. where he served as Chapter Historian, Guide Right Chairman and Chapter Intake Chairman. He also was a member of the K.C. Humanitarian Club where he received the college’s Humanitarian Award.
While in his last years of undergrad, Pastor Arnold was called by God to ministry. He has served as the Youth Pastor for Wesley Chapel Christian Community Church and served five years as a campus chaplain at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Pastor Arnold then transitioned out of para church ministry into full-time pastoral ministry. He served as the Executive Pastor at Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga and assisted in growing that ministry from 400 to approximately 4000 people at his departure.
In 2003, Pastor Arnold was led to come back to Knoxville and plant the Overcoming Believers Church (OBC), which started with just his wife and two daughters and now has approximately 2500 members on roll and roughly 1000 in weekly attendance. The church is an icon in the Knoxville community and makes a huge impact in inner city Knoxville. OBC is extremely focused on youth development, economic growth, urban renewal, the transformation of humanity, and ultimately, winning souls to the Kingdom of God.
Pastor Arnold’s ministry has been featured on a plethora of media outlets. He has previously been featured on “It Takes A Church” reality show on GSN; he has been the guest pastor on the Word Network; a frequent regional host for the Trinity Broadcast Network; the weekly host for the Iron Sharpens Iron television broadcast for CTV; and he can be heard daily on WJBE radio in Knoxville, TN. His preaching ministry is sought out all over the country, but he has a special love and passion to serve in Kenya and Nigeria, Africa.
Pastor Arnold was the first Board Chair for Girl Talk Inc. He presently serves on the Knoxville City Mayor’s Save Our Sons Task Force under the umbrella of My Brothers Keeper initiated by President Obama. He serves as a Task Force Member for the Knox County School Superintendent for Disparities in Educational Outcomes. He serves on the Steering Committee for Community Connectors Knoxville under the umbrella of CEO for Cities Nationally, and also as a board member of the Trinity Health Foundation.
Pastor Arnold’s greatest joy is his beautiful wife of 21 years, Carmeisha Arnold and his four children. His hands are on his ministry but his heart is on his family.