OUR PASTOR & FIRST LADY
Pastor Daniels was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland to the parents of Phillip U. Daniels II (deceased) and Brenette E. Daniels (deceased) and is the brother of Mia T. Daniels (deceased). He currently resides in Baltimore County with his wife (married June 3, 1995), the former Valerie D. Birdsong. The Daniels have two children, Victoria Elizabeth, and Phillip IV (P4).
Pastor Daniels has also honorably served in the Maryland Army National Guard and United States Army Reserves from 1985 to 1997 and has been employed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Washington D.C. since July 13, 1987, where he currently serves as an IT Program Manager. In 2019, Pastor Daniels also became the Vice-President of the Executive Board for a new non-profit organization called Winning Strategies: Fathers, Courts & Custody that assist qualified and willing fathers who are seeking custody rights.
Pastor Daniels accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, in May of 1990, and on Sunday, November 25th of that same year, he joined The Good Shepherd Church C.O.G.I.C., where the Pastor is Bishop Tony W. Torain, J.D. On February 24, 1996, he was ordained a Deacon, and on December 3, 2000, he gave his initial sermon and received his minister's license. Pastor Daniels was ordained as an Elder in the Church Of God In Christ on August 8, 2006. In July 2021, Pastor Daniels received his Certificate of Chaplaincy from The San Diego Black Chaplains Association Inc. & The Grace School of Ministry and Chaplaincy.
Pastor Daniels is an active member of the Greater Maryland First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Pastors and Elders Council. In 2008, Elder Daniels was appointed by Superintendent Torain as the chairperson of the Bishop Frank J. Ellis Memorial District Evangelism Department and served in that capacity until 2016. In 2009, Pastor Daniels was also appointed by Jurisdictional Bishop Joel H. Lyles, Jr., to serve as the Secretary of the Greater Maryland First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Ordination Board. In 2019, he also began serving as the President of the Greater Maryland First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Department of Evangelism.
In March of 2001, during a Sunday morning worship service at The Good Shepherd Church, then Minister Daniels, heard the voice of the Lord say, "There are sheep in need of a shepherd." A few years later, while praying at the altar during an evening service, Pastor Daniels heard the Lord's voice say once again, "There are sheep in need of a shepherd." After much prayer, contemplation, and counsel on what the Lord had spoken, and under the charge of Bishop Torain, Pastor Daniels and his wife stepped out on faith to begin Agape Ministries C.O.G.I.C. in Westminster, Maryland. The doors of the church opened on January 4, 2009 and remained in Westminster until October 2021. It is now the Pastor's vision and goal to continue and develop Agape Ministries into a strong outreach and evangelistic ministry that will lead people to Jesus Christ.
First Lady Daniels, R.N., B.S.N.
Lady Valerie Dineen Daniels, formerly Birdsong, was born and raised in Hartford, CT to the parents of John and Bernice Birdsong, is the youngest of five siblings and accepted Jesus as her Lord and personal Savior at the age of eight. Lady Daniels was joined in holy matrimony, in 1995, to her husband of eighteen years, Pastor Phillip U. Daniels III, and together is raising their two children, Victoria Elizabeth Daniels and Phillip U. Daniels IV a.k.a. P4. In 1989, Lady Daniels became a founding member of The Good Shepherd Church C.O.G.I.C., under the leadership of Pastor Tony W. Torain and First Lady Celestine Best Torain, and faithfully operated in the gift of helps and singing in the Good Shepherd Ensemble.
Lady Daniels also served her nation faithfully as an Army National Guardsman and Army Reservist and received the Army’s Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal and many other service ribbons and awards. In 1995, she graduated from the Baltimore City Community College, acquiring her Associates of Science degree in Nursing, and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the Coppin State University Helene Fuld School of Nursing, in May 2010, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She was also inducted into the Mary Mahoney Nursing Honor Society as a recipient of the Highest Academic Achievement Award for the R.N to B.S.N. class of 2010. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education at Stevenson University.
In 2008, Lady Daniels also completed her Deaconess Missionary courses at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible School in the Greater Maryland First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and she received her license on March 19, 2011. In 2009, Lady Daniels helped to establish Agape Ministries C.O.G.I.C. in Westminster, MD. Lady Daniels is also the leader of the Bishop Frank J. Ellis Memorial District's Wellness Ministry. Should you ever meet Lady Daniels while you are in a time of despondency and low of spirit, she will always have a word of encouragement to remind you that “You are loved!”
Wherever you may be on your path, at Agape Ministries C.O.G.I.C. you will find a wealth of opportunities for spiritual and personal growth. Join us in the celebration of the Lord each Sunday morning at 11 AM for worship and become a part of a church that is "A Church of Faith, A Church of Power, A Church of Action!"
The Mission of Agape Ministries Church of God in Christ, is to use a holistic approach in leading people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We seek to establish them as disciples into the kingdom of God through evangelism, community outreach, preaching, and practical teaching of God's Word that they may live a victorious life, in their covenant rights and privileges as children of God.
Our continuing desire is to foster wholesome and satisfying relationships within our local body, as well as bringing people to salvation in Jesus Christ, through our corporate and individual witness to a non-Christian world. The name and purpose of this ministry was divinely given to Pastor Daniels while reading John 21:15-19.