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In Memoriam- GCAH Commission Member Rev. Dr. DarEll T. Weist

Featured In Memoriam- GCAH Commission Member Rev. Dr. DarEll T. Weist

The Rev. Dr. DarEll T. Weist died of a heart attack suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday afternoon, December 10, 2021.

For the past quadrennium (plus an extra, pandemic year), DarEll Weist was chair of the Western Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History, and thus was a member of the UM General Commission on Archives and History. He treasured that opportunity for involvement with other Jurisdictions in larger issues of Methodist archives and history, and especially enjoyed working on the determination of Historic and Heritage sites.

DarEll was born and raised in North Dakota, in the Evangelical United Brethren tradition. He graduated from EUB-affiliated Westmar College, in Iowa, and from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois. He subsequently received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology at Claremont, California. In 2013, after retirement from active ministry, he and his wife of nearly 40 years, Diane Kenney, moved to Claremont.                                

Having served as a Methodist missionary teacher at a seminary in Sierra Leone and as pastor of United Methodist churches in the Midwest and in Southern California, DarEll was deeply concerned about what the next stage of a multifaceted United Methodist Church may be. Always interested in history, his retirement allowed him to focus on his passionate love of Methodist history specifically. His many articles bear testimony to his determination to explore and bring attention to various aspects of his particular interest, Southern California Methodist history. 

DarEll was a member of the California-Pacific Conference Commission on Archives and History, serving as secretary/treasurer, then chair, and spearheading the Commission’s digitization projects. He revitalized the position of Conference Historian, which he held until his death. More recently, he was able to revive the long-dormant Methodist Historical Society in the Conference, growing out of GCAH's remarkably successful course to train local church historians.

Following in the giant footsteps of Cornish Rogers, DarEll Weist was a significant contributor to the Methodist “ministry of memory” in Southern California and the West. He will be missed.