Pastor Daryl R. Napper, Sr. was born and raised in the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the son of Mrs. Constance Daniels of Winston-Salem. He is married to the beautiful and anointed DiNina Stephens Napper, his college sweetheart. From this union God has blessed them with four beautiful and vibrant God-fearing children: Daryl Jr., DeQuan, Destiny and Daniel. Pastor Napper attended Winston-Salem State University, where he majored in Economics and continued his educational journey and earned his Masters of Divinity from Shaw University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Living Epistle Bible College in Greensboro.
Pastor Napper proclaimed his call into the ministry of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in April of 1999. He preached his initial sermon at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, where the Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Cornelius is Pastor. He was ordained by the High Point Educational and Missionary Baptist Association, Inc., in July of 2000. With a love for youth and service, he and his wife served as the Association’s Youth Trac Directors from 2001-2005. He was also the Association’s 2004-2005 “Man of the Year”. He is also a member of the General Baptist State Evangelism Committee.
Pastor Napper diligently served as the Pastor of New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, in Greensboro, North Carolina for over ten years. At New Calvary he reestablished the church as one that is respected in Greensboro and grew church membership from about 30 to 350 in six years. Under his leadership the church’s inside was remodeled- new carpet, padded pews, painted walls and sound room built. Through his vision, guidance and leadership, numerous ministries were birthed to fulfill God’s call to serve mankind. Upon leaving New Calvary he pastured Living Water Baptist Church in High Point for three years before being called to First Baptist Church in Lexington.
He has a profound and genuine love for people and an undying passion for Kingdom building. This burning passion is evident in his daily life, for he lives to inspire others to understand their purpose in life and utilize their God-given gifts and talents effectively for God. He is definitely a passionate preacher, a tenacious teacher, and a true friend. Most importantly, he is a sincere and true Man of God who has vowed to let the Lord’s light shine through him so that men may see His good works and glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is ecstatic about this new God-given assignment to lead such a loving and caring church body that is ministry minded and God-fearing.