Biographical Statement for Donald Francis Guest
Rev. Dr. Donald Francis Guest was appointed as Pastor of Easter Hill Church, July 1, 2012. Prior to this he served as special consultant on Urban Affairs for the Bishop of the California Nevada United Methodist Church. From 2006 to 2011, he served as pastor of the famed Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, Glide Foundation in San Francisco, California.
Prior to this Dr. Guest served as superintendent of the Chicago Southern District/Chicago Area Office, Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church (1999-2006), Trustee and Insurance Coordinator, Northern Illinois Conference UMC, 1990-1999), and Chair of Conference Relations, Northern Illinois Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, 1988-1996.
He has served United Methodist pastorates in the Chicago area from 1981 to 1999 and in addition served the following ministries and churches:
- Staff Consultant for Black Christian Education
- General Program Council, Eastern Metro Region
- Reformed Church in America (1978-1981), NY, NY
- Moderator: Black Reformed Clergy, 1979-1980)
- Director: Douglass-Tubman Christian Center, Chicago
- Reformed Church in America, 1975 to 1981
- St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (interim), 1974 to 1975
- Grant Memorial AMEC (youth pastor), 1972 to 1974
Pastor Guest received his ministry training at Moody Bible Institute, BA (Chicago-1970), McCormick Theological Seminary, M. Div. (Chicago-Presbyterian Church USA, 1979) and United Theological Seminary. D. Min. (Dayton, Ohio, United Methodist Church-1999). He has done post-graduate work at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Jesuit School of Theology and Catholic Theological Union.
Pastor Guest was mentored in ministry by the Reverend William Jarvis Vance, Sr. pastor emeritus, Berean Baptist Church, Chicago, the late Dr. Harvey E. Walden of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL, the late Max Janowski, of the KAM Isaiah-Israel Synagogue, Chicago, Rev. Esther Mitchell, (ret) James Memorial AMEC, Maywood, and the late Rev. John C. Jackson, Jr., founder of St. James United Methodist Church, Kansas City.
Pastor Guest has certificates in elementary education from the Chicago Board of Education and Family Counseling Certificates from the Adler Institute, Chicago. Don served as an officer with the Ebony District Superintendents Forum for Black Methodist for Church Renewal, as President of Chicago BMCR for four years, and also served on the executive committee of the NAACP, Southside Chicago Branch, and the NAACP, San Francisco, CA Branch.
In addition to his present social justice involvements, he was an active member of Committee for Divestment of Illinois Pension Funds in South Africa Coalition for Illinois’ Divestment from South Africa (CIDSA), Free Mozambique Support Network and Friends of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, SNCC under the leadership of the late Dr. James Forman.
His social justice mentors include the late Madeline Stratton, Grand Sorer AKA, the late Linda White, National President AKA and Beatrice Caffrey Youth Centers, the late Kwame Toure (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, SNCC and the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party, A-APRP), and Dr. Jeanette Branch (The Woodlawn Organization).
Rev. Guest has seven children, 22 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Most important to him is his relationship with Jesus Christ, and his belief that the primary purpose of his pastoral ministry it to equip and train other disciples of Jesus to fulfill the great commandment (Love God and Neighbor), the Great Commission (Preach the Gospel to every human being), and the Great Manifestation, (to demonstrate the unconditional love of God in all that we do and say) by the power of the Holy Spirit.