Ada — Clergyman honored with evangalism award
By TALINA EAKER
ADA — The Rev. David Daniel, senior pastor at Ada First United Methodist Church, was recently named recipient of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. He was selected out of more than 600 ministers in Oklahoma.
Why is evidenced by the passion he has for sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Daniel said a layperson and a clergyperson receive the award annually for their work in evangelism.
"I was selected by a team of folks in our conference as a clergy receiving this award," Daniel said. "Harry Denman was an incredible evangelist, a Methodist layperson the Lord used in a great way to share the good news of Jesus Christ." he said.
"It's really a big deal a group of people would recognize the work you are doing for the kingdom of God and the work you are doing for Jesus," Daniel said. "It's not solely because of me; it's the entire church.
Daniel believes part of the award is that the church is growing tremendously.
"Methodism and a lot of mainline churches are seeing a decline," Daniel said. "Our church is growing, from children to youth to young adults to senior adults, and I think that's in due in part to people being hospitable and worship services being spirit led."
Daniel said the Methodist faith is based on the grace of God.
"I don't care who you are … everybody has an issue of one type or another, and everybody is in need of peace of heart and mind," he said. "Until you find that, you will keep on looking and keep on struggling, trying to fill a void that can only be filled by the Lord.
"I was loved into a relationship with Jesus Christ. I wasn't scared, I wasn't pushed, I was loved," he said.
"When I read the gospels — about Jesus' life, his ministry — I read that he really loves us. He loved the people right where they were. Now he didn't leave him there, He called them to a different way of living.
"People have been beat up on enough," Daniel continued. "God's been merciful to me, and it's my role to express that mercy in whatever way it can be.
"Because of God's mercy, I get to share what he's done in my life with the congregation and, hopefully, with this entire community."
Daniel will formally be presented the award at the Oklahoma Annual Conference May 31-June 3 in Oklahoma City.
Daniel is in his fourth year as senior pastor at the church. He was ordained as a deacon in 1992 and an elder in 1997.
He is married to Ginger, and they have twin toddlers.