Emory UMC and Joe Daniels


I had the awesome opportunity to be in the company of the Rev. Dr. Joe Daniels on Friday morning for about two hours and what a blessing.

I serve on the AAMT, The African American Ministries Team for The Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church. We are a group that is working to help resource African American Congregations in the Holston Conference and beyond for revitalization and growth .

First of all, it is obvious that God has His Anointing upon Joe Daniels and the ministry he is accomplishing. We were only in the room a few moments when I could smell the Oil of God’s Presence and I knew that I was in the presence of a man in and through whom God is working. (I have found that the smell of anointing is rare)

Joe is pastor of Emory UMC near DC and has been there for 16 and a half years. When he arrived as their hired pastor there were 30 to 50 people in worship and today they have 3 services each Sunday, 8am, 10am and Noon with Communion every Sunday, with about 400 people in attendance each week. Joe is obviously a very busy pastor and he said something that connected strongly with my life. People ask him how he has so much energy to do all the things he does and his answer is that he is excited, God has given him a mission and a vision and when he is tired it is a good tired.

What a story he has to tell. A story of how God has used his ministry to turn a congregation around from death to life.

My Spirit bore witness with Joe’s Spirit and I look forward to getting to know him and his work better. Here is the link to his web site. Spend some time and get to know a man who is walking in the anointing of Almighty God.




Joe Daniels is the teaching pastor at Emory United Methodist Church and has served in this capacity for the past 16 years.  During his leadership at Emory, the Emory congregation has grown from an average of 55 people in weekly worship attendance to over 400 every Sunday. The church has been awarded the “Kim Jefferson Northeast Jurisdictional Award” for effective urban ministry representing the United Methodist Church and has been selected as one of the 25 Congregational Resource Centers churches in the “Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century” effort of the United Methodist Church.  

Pastor Daniels holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (2000) in Washington, D.C.  He is also a 1991 graduate of Howard University School of Divinity, and has earned a Bachelor and Master degrees in the areas of Public Communication, Psychology, Journalism and Public Affairs from American University (1982, 1984) in Washington, D.C.  He is very active in community affairs, serving as a co-chair of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) as well as on the Board of Directors of the STEP Foundation and Ephesians Life Ministries.  He also teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary in both the Urban Ministry and Practice of Ministry and Mission programs.

For the past 11 years, Pastor Daniels has been called upon for mission service to churches in Zimbabwe and South Africa, providing training for pastors and laity in the area of community development.  Instructing groups on establishing neighborhood “Communities of Shalom,” Pastor Daniels’ commitment to a spirit of “peace on earth” is not confined to the Brightwood Community, the city of Washington D.C. or the United States of America.  He fully believes that there can be healthy, wholesome, economically stable families and communities all over the world.

Pastor Daniels has been happily married to his wife Madelyn for the past 23 years.  They are the proud parents of a daughter, Joia, 19, and a son, Joey, 17.

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