Hello, I am James Daniely, the new Pastor of Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church, here in Old Town Alexandria.
Before coming to Alexandria, I was involved in Campus Ministry for more than 20 years at Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Over the years, I have evolved into a person who celebrates inclusivity. By that I mean, celebrating the value of all persons, their gifts, and totally involving them in the work of the ministry, at least to the extent they are willing to accept. God has equipped every one with a gift, believers as well as non-believers. With believers, learning to honor that gift and using it for the glory of God is always a work in progress. I am known as an innovator to some; but really, I am bound to trying different approaches to build the kingdom of God. This means, we attempt different things until we get something resembling the Spirit of God in action.
The Spirit has given me favor over the years to be a part of ministries that grow. Sometimes, that means numerical growth, but at other times, it means spiritual growth! Neither is better; each is dependent upon persons willing to put self aside and work harmoniously together in building a ministry model where everyone is welcomed (Hospitality) and everyone is celebrated for their gifts! When we work out of our passion for God, love and unity are by-products! It does not mean “peace on earth”; but it does mean that the fruit of the Spirit is visibly present and active throughout many relationships.To me, the objective for every ministry endeavor is to serve one another and not forget about the least, the lost, and the left-out! Jesus, the Christ of Calvary, empowers and enables us to love one another, even as He has loved us. That’s my story and I am sticking to it!
I am a native of South Carolina and a product of the New York City public school systems, graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School (Bronx, N.Y.) in 1967. After spending 7 1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force, I received an honorable discharge. I studied and graduated from Morgan State University (Magna Cum Laude, BA); then Virginia Union University, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology (M. Div.), and finally, Union Theological Seminary & School of Christian Education (D. Min.) I have been involved in many mission endeavors, leading some, within the US (Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana,) and abroad to West Africa and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic & Haiti).
Married to Lili Rebecca Spain, and we are the proud parents of three adult children, seven grands, and one great grand.
We Don't Have to Walk Alone!