Pastor Douglas W. McDaniel, Jr
Doug McDaniel is co-owner of Hartzog Insurance Agency in Bluefield, WV. He has been in the insurance business for ten years, and is licensed in life and health products in multiple states. He has been recognized as top producer with numerous companies during his short stint as a broker. Prior to his work in the insurance world, Doug worked for many years in the heavy duty truck parts after-market industry. He began this career when he was 13 years old in his father’s shop in Roanoke, Virginia. He learned from the ground up and excelled in his knowledge of heavy duty brake system manufacturing and many other related products. That business was sold and Doug eventually moved to Bluefield to begin a new manufacturing business from the ground up which is still in operation today.
Doug was born into a Catholic family, whose parents would later divorce and remarry bringing step parents and siblings into his life. He went to live with his father when he was 13, attended a Christian camp in Wise, Virginia and accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at a chapel service there. Shortly thereafter, he joined Union United Methodist Church in Union, VA and was given responsibilities as assistant Sunday School superintendent. He opened the church services, made announcements and led the music. When Doug was 18, he felt the Lord call him into the ministry. He married at 19, had his first child at 21 and has been raising children ever since. While still in Roanoke, Doug taught high school Sunday school, sang in the choir, and opened the services.
Today, Doug lives in Bluefield and has been there for 23 years. He actively serves as Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church, EPC, and is past chair for Nurture and Education of Youth, and has been past chairs for Worship and Music, Congregational Care, and Diaconate committees. He has taught Sunday School, speaks at the monthly Widow’s luncheon, reinstituted the church’s visitation, is a lay preacher, sings solo and also in a men’s group, and has attended many Bible studies over the years.
Doug is a sought after preacher in the area. He regularly speaks at a community church, a trio of United Methodist churches, and is on a monthly rotation to speak at a state correctional center where he is also involved with training for inmate re-entry into the world outside of the prison. He is also well known in the community as the radio color commentator for local high school football.
Doug founded Community Men’s Fellowship, which brings together men from different denominations for a variety of experiences always centered on a devotional and prayer time. These activities can include basketball, hiking, making pancakes, etc. It was through the basketball and devotional activity that led to a group of men going to mimic the same kind of thing at the correctional center, which has led to Doug’s great commitment to prison ministry.
Doug has been married to his wife for 30 years. They have four children ranging in ages 28 to 18. Doug enjoys tailgating (cooking), grilling corn for many occasions, and chaperoning numerous band camps and the occasional round of golf.
Doug came from a working class family who did not consider college an option upon graduation from high school. He has spent his adult life raising a family and is now working to put his children through college. His dearest desire is to know more about his Lord and Savior and to be able to preach the truth always without compromise. He considers it an honor to be able to minister at any level. It is his desire to be available to whatever call God puts before him.
Words from Doug…..
• I love the Lord! • I love my family! • I love to sing! • I love to preach! •I love serving others! • I love to tell people about Jesus! • I love to witness wholesome laughter! • I love to see lives transformed! • I love to see the Father at work in His church!
• A favorite verse-“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,” Colossians 3:23
• I am an ordained Elder/Evangelist in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (The Evangelist designation gives me the authority to administer the sacraments in and outside the EPC)
• I am licensed to marry in the state of WV.
• I love a good cup of coffee and fellowship. (and not necessarily in that order)
A 2010 graduate of Graham High School in Bluefield, Virginia, where he played football, basketball and track, Darius attended Concord University three years and Bluefield College one year, studying sports management, playing football, and serving as a resident assistant and Bonner Scholar.
His experience with youth includes three years as summer mentor for Energy Express, leading youth in community service projects and recreational activities, and one year as a summer mentor and counselor for West Virginia GEAR UP U!
Darius has also served as a volunteer for Bluefield Union Mission, Melrose Elementary School, and Concord University Day Care. He is currently a missions coordinator for the Wade Center, securing and managing on-site missions teams for the center.
The son of Tyrone Carper, Sr., pastor of New Vision United Holy Church in Northfork, West Virginia, Darius’ church involvement has included choir, soloist, drummer for praise band, and devotion leader. In addition to youth and ministry, he loves music, singing, sports, and giving to others.
“I have a passion for youth and teaching them the things that I wish I knew growing up – not only Bible principles, but life lessons that they encounter every day. “I’m letting God lead the way, and up to this point this is where he has me – in the midst of youth and on the front lines fighting for the Kingdom.”
Harold Brown, Music Director
American pianist Harold Brown has been heard throughout the United States, in Europe, Australia and South America, as well as on television and radio, in recital, in chamber music, and as a soloist with symphony orchestras. Mr. Brown has participated in numerous music festivals and has often appeared in master classes and lecture recitals. He has an extensive repertoire ranging from Bach to Messiaen. His performances of Ravel’s complete piano works have garnered high critical acclaim.
Mr. Brown’s formal studies were at George Mason University and at the Juilliard School. His teachers include Nina Sveltlanova, Adele Marcus, and Josef Raieff. His keen interest in style and performance traditions has led him to a broad range of study and research in various musical centers throughout the world. Of special importance were studies devoted to Baroque and early Classical keyboard music in Germany with Edith Picht-Axenfeld and in Oxford, England with Rosalyn Tureck. Mr. Brown’s close association with French piano music began as the result of his extensive work in Paris with Gaby Casadesus and Vlado Perlemuter both of whom were closely associated with Ravel and Fauré. Mr. Perlemuter is the only person to have studied Ravel’s entire oeuvre for piano solo with the composer himself. For performances of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-]ésus in 2008, the centenary of the composer’s birth, he has worked under the guidance of the great French pianist Yvonne Loriod Messiaen, who premiered nearly all of her husband’s piano music. As a student of Alicia de Larrocha, he received the Specialization in Spanish Music diploma from the Academia Granados Marshall in Barcelona.
He currently resides in Bramwell, West Virginia with his wife, the singer Rhonda Brown. They have two children, Harold II and Elizabeth.
Sharon Carroll, Secretary
Listening to God - Preparing Your Heart to Hear Him
Listening to God is like listening to anyone-before you can hear Him, you must be ready to listen. Just as in a conversation, you cannot hear the other person if you are talking or if your mind is distracted. So it is with God. If you want to hear Him speak, you must be quiet and you must be focused on what He is saying. Regular conversation with God can transform your life! Consider identifying a place and time to meet with God everyday.
Prayer is how you begin a conversation with God. Think of it as saying "hello."
Listening to God - How Can I Hear Him?
Listening to God requires a deliberate choice to shut out the chaos around you and focus your thoughts. Is God someone you can hear? The Bible says He is, and the Bible is one of the main tools through which He speaks.
We live in a world of noise. Almost everywhere we go, we find sounds competing with our minds, keeping us from letting our thoughts get below the surface level. Hearing God's voice means not listening to the noise of the world around us. It's not easy, but it can be done.
King David, author of most of the book of Psalms, gave us a model for meeting with God, "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul" (Psalm 143:8).
He sought God's direction in the morning, at the beginning of the day. Like a general in God's army, he wanted to hear from his Commanding Officer before he entered into battle. Beginning each day fresh with God is a great reminder that, as the Scripture says, His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22, 23). You must find the time of day that works for you, but morning is the best time if that is possible.
Do you want to hear God speak to you? Listening to God requires regular Bible reading, since the Bible is the Word of God.
Listening to God - Get the Picture
Listening to God requires a heart committed to understand His message. God often speaks to us in visual images. Consider the example of the prophet Habakkuk, in Habakkuk chapter 2. The prophet longed to hear from God! He was so determined that he was willing to stand and wait as long as it took. "I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me…" (Habakkuk 2:1).
Habakkuk found that God was faithful. "Then the LORD replied, 'Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay" (Habakkuk 2:2).
Listening to God - What Now?
Listening to God requires a right attitude in our hearts. In order to listen to God and receive His instruction, we must want to do His will, much as Habakkuk did. God honors the heart that is fully surrendered to Him. If we are stubbornly clinging to our own desires, we are likely to get a garbled message that will not be God's voice at all. As a result, we are likely to continue pursuing a path that is contrary to the one God has designed for our lives.
Psalm 40:8 says, "I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."
Do you desire God's will for your life above every other desire? If you do, you can trust that He will direct your path. Listen to His message, and be quick to obey. Write down what He tells you and be ready to share it so that others may understand.
When you listen to God and obey Him, you will discover a life that is full and rich with purpose, confident you are following the Master's plan.