August 8, 2019
By Lanell Downs Smith
Correspondent, The Alabama Baptist
Matt Daniels began serving as campus minister for University of North Alabama (UNA) Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) on June 1. Daniels is new to the position but not to UNA or to BCM.
Daniels, a UNA graduate, served as BCM president during his time as a student. Later he worked on staff at UNA as the director of gameday operations and facilities for the university’s athletic department.
“There is no doubt in my heart and mind that UNA is the place where God wants me to be,” said Daniels. “Being an alum and former employee, I absolutely love this university.
“Through much prayer and counsel, it became overwhelmingly clear that this is the place for my wife and me to serve our Lord. God drew me in close to Him as a student here and to have the opportunity to lead students closer to Jesus is a true honor.”
The BCM at UNA offers a variety of services including weekly worship, a weekly missions lunch fundraiser, discipleship groups, retreats, local missions opportunities and fellowships.
Students participate in an annual missions trip, local missions and statewide conferences.
“I am looking forward to getting to know our students this year and seeing what opportunities the Holy Spirit gives us,” Daniels said. “I want to make sure everything we do is gospel centered and led by our BCM students. This year will be very exciting as we engage the Lord through prayer so we can engage our campus.”
Mike Nuss, director of the office of collegiate and student ministries for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, said Daniels will be a good fit at UNA.
“Matt has a deep love for the UNA campus, its students, faculty and staff,” Nuss said. “He is well known and loved and is excited about continuing the great legacy of BCM ministry on that campus.”
Daniels said the BCM is “truly blessed” to have the support of many churches in the Shoals area who love UNA and students.
“We will continue to partner with them to reach our campus and community,” Daniels said. “We are so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us this year.”