Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. is lead pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. A sought after speaker, preacher, mentor and author, he is most happy when inspiring and equipping others to see the possibilities God has for them and their communities.

Daniels is leader of a Relevant, Enthusiastic, Authentic and Loving (REAL) church movement at Emory UMC, which seeks to be a “Real Church for Real People.”  During Daniels’ ministry at the church, weekly worship attendance has grown from 55 people to more than 400 every Sunday, and Emory has been acknowledged numerous times for its role in changing lives and changing communities.  The has received the Kim Jefferson Northeast Jurisdictional Award for effective urban ministry representing The United Methodist Church, and is one of 25 Congregational Resource Centers for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21).

Daniels is active in community affairs, serves on boards, teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary, and has been called upon to provide training for pastors and laity in Zimbabwe and South Africa in the area of community development.

He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., is a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity, and earned Bachelor and Master degrees in the areas of Public Communication, Psychology, Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. 

He and his wife Madelyn are parents of two young adults.