John, Laura, Hannah and Evelyn Daniels
After 13 years of ministry, God began to give Laura and I a burden for Starkville, home to Mississippi State University, the state’s largest university with over 20,000 students and 4,000 full-time employees. We soon found out that only 38% of the more than 47,600 residents in the county attend an Evangelical church regularly. We moved to Starkville in March 2009 with the goal of starting a church in Starkville that is real, relevant and relational. That dream became a reality in September 2009. Come check out Life Church!
Having grown up in a college town as the son of two university faculty, I grew to love the college scene. After completing my Bachelors in Education and Masters of Divinity, I served ten years as Outreach Pastor at Cathedral of the Cross in Birmingham. I had the privilege of leading 175 of the greatest volunteers in ten outreach ministries that touched thousands outside the church. My passion for the nations has led me to take thirteen mission trips to nine countries. For two years I was also the Administrator of Cathedral Christian School while I began doctoral studies.
Laura, a native of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, came to Christ as a college student. She finished her bachelors in business at Samford University. After 12 years working in the business field, she resigned her job as Corporate Project Manager at Southtrust Bank in 2003 to take on a new project – raising our first born Hannah Rebecca. In 2005 Evelyn Moriah “Evie” was born. Laura also has a passion for missions and has traveled to many countries. She is known for her love for people. She also has a great eye for photography. She is a Canon girl with mad photoshop skills.
After arriving in Starkville, God allowed me to meet a musically gifted couple named Jason & Kaile' Minor. We shared a similar vision and love for a variety of worship styles. Jason & Kaile' began to feel a calling to team up with with us and provide the music leadership for Life Church. They have many skills and giftings and are a huge part of what is doing through Life Church!