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Inaugural Distinguished Community Leader Lecturer

CEHHS Welcomes Inaugural Distinguished Community Leader Lecturer

This fall semester, College of Education, Health & Human Sciences (CEHHS) will welcome its inaugural Distinguished Community Leader Lecturer: Pastor Daryl Arnold, founder and senior pastor of Overcoming Believers Church in Knoxville, TN.

Daryl Arnold

Pastor Daryl Arnold

The position of Distinguished Community Leader Lecturer was created as an engagement service to both the university and the local community, with the goal of providing our departments access to leading professionals and practitioners from the Knoxville community whose work falls within the college’s various areas of study. It is an opportunity for faculty and students to learn about work being done in our fields of interest beyond the “walls” of CEHHS, and to meet and engage with some of the prominent members in the surrounding area.

The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (ELPS), the first CEHHS department to choose a Distinguished Community Leader Lecturer, has appointed Pastor Daryl Arnold to the role for the Fall 2022 semester. Arnold will teach ELPS 201 to the second Project Excellence cohort at Austin-East High School, as well as share his vast leadership experiences with students in the Leadership Studies Minor.

Pastor Daryl Arnold is known nationally for his revelatory preaching and his passions for the Word of God and serving the Knoxville community. He is committed to “Reaching Out Around the Rest” with outreach ministries, services, and events that have impacted thousands of lives. Arnold was the first Board Chair for Girl Talk Inc., and he sits as co-chairman for The Change Center board of directors. He has served on the Knoxville City Mayor’s Save Our Sons (S.O.S) Task Force under the umbrella of My Brothers Keeper initiated by President Obama; Knox County School Superintendent for Disparities in Educational Outcomes; Steering Committee for Community Connectors Knoxville under the umbrella of CEO’s for Cities Nationally; and on the board of the Trinity Health Foundation. Arnold presently serves as a board member for Leadership Knoxville, Johnson University Advisory board, and is a member of the Leadership TN Foundation. He is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Knoxville and a 2019 graduate of Leadership Tennessee. Arnold is a 2021 graduate of Johnson University with a Master of Arts degree in Ethics and Leadership. A native of Chattanooga, TN, Daryl’s greatest joy is his beautiful wife of 26 years, Carmeisha Arnold, his four children and granddaughter. His hands are on his ministry, but his heart is on his family.