Darian, originally from Trenton, New Jersey, moved to Southern California with his then single mom. Shortly after their move, Darian’s mom married a man who loved the Lord. This is when Darian was introduced to Jesus. While in high school Darian heard the call of God for his life: to raise up and release leaders within the church. Since then Darian has been on three pastoral teams: The first in Walnut, California, the second in Chino, California and most recently Denver, Colorado. It was while in Denver, Darian along with his lovely wife Kinessha of 19 years and their three amazing kids, Ezekiel, Olivia and Ethan, answered God’s call for them to return to Chino, California and launch Upward Call Church. Darian’s passion and enthusiasm for life comes through in all he does whether it’s preaching the gospel, playing (or watching) various sports, winning at Scrabble or riding his Harley, he believes that Jesus is and should be at the center of it all!
Kinessha is a native of California and the middle of five kids. Her relationship with the Lord began at an early age as she practically grew up in the church. Kinessha’s singing voice helped to find her on the worship team at her local church’s youth group. Kinessha’s journey with Jesus started with worship and has allowed her to walk through many doors of ministry, specifically to women. Kinessha has played significant roles of leadership in women’s ministry for many years as she has worked along side her husband, Darian in ministry for nearly 20 years. Kinessha has three teenaged children, Ezekiel, Olivia and Ethan. Kinessha not only enjoys singing but loves preaching God’s word, finding the best pastry shops in town, winning at Scrabble and laughing with friends. Kinessha believes that true freedom and joy are only found in Jesus.