Daniel has passion for talking to students about the one who pursues them relentlessly, loves them unconditionally, and cares for them graciously, that person is Jesus. He has a passion to see students growing in their walk with Jesus and changing their community with the gospel. Daniel also believes that student ministry has to thrive through relationships. Students need relationships in their life and need people they can trust! If Daniel is not doing student ministry related things, he is probably playing basketball, watching Parks and Recreation, attending a sporting event of some kind, or eating lasagna.
Favorite Bible Verses:
"Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them”. - Luke 15:1-2 (ESV)
Jesus said to them. “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. - John 6:35 (ESV)
Daniel Kelly was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Ohio and attended Mount Vernon High School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth/Sports Ministry and Bible/Theology at Malone University where he graduated in May of 2015. Daniel gave his life to Jesus at the youth group where his friend invited him. After that, his passion for ministry and his love for people grew. The turning point for Daniel in ministry was working at a summer camp called Beulah Beach. He was a Day Camp counselor, a Resident Camp counselor, and a Day Camp Assistant Director. Over the three summers at Beulah Beach, Daniel realized that he was called to be impacting the next generation. Other than working at Beulah Beach, Daniel’s ministry experience would consist of being a Resident Assistant at Malone, interning for two years with Whipple Heights C&MA Church, interning with Fellowship of Christian Athletes for a semester, interning with Trinity Friends Church for a summer, and being the Youth Pastor at Trinity Friends Church for a period of time. Through the internships and working as youth pastor, Daniel has learned to grow and develop young leaders, grow a youth ministry with Jesus as the focus, and develop students through discipleship. Daniel loves being able to say that some of his main responsibilities are going to sporting events, playing dodgeball (with toilet paper rolls), eating pizza (often), listening to a variety of different music, and playing basketball. Daniel married the love of his life, Rose Marie Scott, on July 2, 2016!
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