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The singing pastor celebrates 31 years

Gigi Tinsley | 4/3/2014, 9 a.m.
Rev. Rudolph Daniels, a gospel singer and preacher, was selected Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in 1983 and will ...
Rev. Rudolph Daniels

Rev. Rudolph Daniels, a gospel singer and preacher, was selected Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in 1983 and will be celebrating 31 years of service this month. The members proclaim: “He is an outstanding Man of God who demonstrates great leadership skills, commitment, and a love of God’s people through mentorship. He shows unconditional love by constantly praying for his congregants. He is always willing to listen; make necessary preparations with dedication; and, ultimately implement those initiatives that will render positive results.”

Daniels retired from Miami-Dade County Public School System, after rendering 24 years of service. He and “First lady” Inez Daniels have been “happily” married for 45 years and to this day, according to observant parishioners,’ still open doors for her, eagerly. They are proud parents, grand and great-grand parents. Daniels loves his family without measure,” they added.

“Rev. Daniels is such an outstanding servant - he truly understands his calling and has shown over the years his commitment in accepting this overwhelming yet inspiring and uplifting challenge to serve.  God has blessed us by placing him in our midst and it is an honor to reflect upon him at this time, celebrating his dedication and devotion for the past 31 years,” Linda Williams the church’s secretary said.

“While Rev. Daniels is not my official pastor (my membership is with Apostle Carlos Malone at Bethel Church, Richmond Heights), I have worked with him  here at Macedonia for the past 13 years as the church’s secretary.  I love both Rev. and First Lady Daniels as well if not more than their congregation and welcome the opportunity to share in his milestone of achievement - it is a glorious time for all of us.

Daniels remains concerned with the welfare of the community-at-large. Under his leadership, Macedonia has an open door policy to the citizens of Coconut Grove and community to utilize the church for funeral services, special functions and meetings, with his blessings. Under his leadership, the ministry is steadily growing physically and spiritually.

His achievements are many.

Daniels has ordained approximately 15 deacons into the Deacons Ministry; licensed four ministers and ordained three as pastors. All of these individuals are serving with eagerness and loyalty to their dedicated ministries.

Daniels’ affiliations include: Currently, he serves as 2nd Vice President of the Baptist Ministers Council of Greater Miami and Vicinity; member of the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance; Devotion leader and Board Member of the Florida East Coast Baptist Association; Board Member of the Florida General Baptist Convention.

Under Daniels’ tenure the following improvements and ministries have been accomplished or in process at the church, according to church records: Installation of an elevator; purchased a 15-passenger van; the completion of a decorative ornamental fence financed by Choir #1 under the presidency of the late Mrs. Alba Finlayson; paved the church parking lot to include proper drainage; organized the Jail Ministry under the leadership of Rev. Robert C. Smith; Willing Workers for Christ; male chorus, (the Jordanairs changed their name to Danielairs).

Also, an after-school tutoring and enrichment program was initiated by the late Mrs. Roslyn Scippio-Sparks; the Brotherhood; Mime Dancers and Angels of Praise by youth workers (Latoya Williams and Lillian Ambrister, renowned choreographers throughout local churches in Miami-Dade County); Pastor’s Scholarship for high school graduates; acquired the church’s first diesel bus for transporting our members to various functions, especially our seniors’ to luncheons and youth activities; and, currently, in the process of renovating of the fellowship hall, business office, pastor’s office and kitchen to include total rewiring of the entire church to meet code upgrades.

Daniels will be honored for his 31 years of dedicated service by visiting pastors rendering nightly services from April 21-25.

The culminating program will be held April 27.