About Mike McDaniel

“Strategic – Pioneer”

Taken in tandem, these two words could be called redundant. Or are actually complementary parts of a whole concept?

A strategist creates pathways to a desired future. The pioneer is willing to blaze the trail into the unknown and uncertain. The pioneer must clear the pathway; the strategist makes the expedition permanent and sustainable. The work is best done by someone who has the understanding and skills of both, and this is how I see God’s calling on my life. Knowing me is more than my pedigree or degrees, although I have those if you want to see them. I have my Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

If you really want to know me, I land solidly in the Strategic Thinking Gifting of the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment. I love life coaching, exploring the depths of emotional health and marriage enrichment through Prepare Enrich.

I thrive in leading movements that start movements. I’ve experienced that as the first white man to enter a village with the good news of Christ (Siankwkwani, Zambia)—then helping indigenous Zambians start churches of their own. I’ve experienced it through launching Grace Point Church in Bentonville, Arkansas—and pouring into its foundation the capacity to launch other independent, self-sustaining churches around the world.

I enjoy “boldly going where no one else has gone,” but for me, the ultimate fulfillment is the vision of millions coming behind me, –exponential products of well-designed mission.

Meet Our Team

Lori McDaniel: My bride of more than 25 years is my best friend and colleague. Lori is a Mission Catalyst with the IMB, as well as an incredible communicator and visionary who thrives in environments of creative idea formation and collaboration. She is currently working on her Masters degree. Catch up with Lori here: www.LoriMcdaniel.org.

Jordan McGrath:  My “one-and-only” daughter. To the surprise of no one, she is a “daddy’s girl.” She is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital and is married to Tiernan McGrath. If a dad has to give away his “one-and-only” in marriage, it might as well be to the best son-in-law imaginable. Tiernan is a “creative genius” for RevUnit in Northwest Arkansas. Jordan and Tiernan are graduates of Liberty University.

Caleb McDaniel: My son is a graduate of West Point, the United States Military Academy, with a degree in International Relations, having studied French. He has served and returned from his first deployment. Look for Caleb to become your candidate of choice in a future election; he is already a statesman and not a politician.

Josh McDaniel: Upon entering his Freshman year at Liberty University has probably been in more countries than most people will travel in a lifetime. Josh is our entrepreneurial mind with his own creative bent for film and photography. Look out, world!

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But enough about us. Now let’s talk about you …