Teaching and preaching weren’t at the top of Bishop Dorothy Daniel’s list of career choices.
“I wasn’t even a good student in school,” said Daniel, senior pastor at Kingdom Life Family Center and principal of Team Impact Christian University, both in Baton Rouge. “But once the truth started coming out through books and Christian education, it wasn’t so much that I wanted to teach it, I just wanted others to know it.”
Daniel’s journey to find his passion in teaching and preaching took a circuitous route.
The then-divorced single mother left Louisiana in 1987 for a job and opportunities for her family in Los Angeles. While in California, she worked in hospital administration before retiring. She also started a Bible college, developing a passion for the word of God.
“I entered Bible college and continued to get to know the Lord,” she said. “I started evangelising and sharing my experience. … People started being drawn to me. I guess they were drawn to what God put in me.”
As his understanding grew, his longing for Christ also increased.
“I never knew how to have a real relationship with Christ,” she said. “To realize what the scriptures and their principles really mean made me love the Lord because you know He had a plan before you got here.”
Daniel spent five years serving as an evangelist before founding the nondenominational church in Los Angeles about 20 years ago.
“Even in Los Angeles, I didn’t want to be a pastor,” she said. “Then I started to feel this compassion for people. It all starts inside of a person. You start to feel the love and the compassion for wanting to change yourself and your environment.”
After 10 years, Daniel moved the Kingdom Life Family Center to Baton Rouge in 2009.
“We do a lot of teaching. We emphasize teaching the principles of God and how to divide the word of God,” Daniel said.
A key part of this “plain and simple” approach to teaching, Daniel said, is emphasizing the importance of daily walking with Christ.
“That’s my goal – to let every person know that this is our way of life and not just a Sunday thing. I’ve always been curious to know why God would give us a word that only works on Sundays. “, she said. “As I studied the principles of the kingdom of God, I realized that these things should be applied to our daily lives.”
Daniel had the opportunity to expand his teaching as a leader of Team Impact Christian University. The accredited school, which shares a location with the church at 8894 Airline Highway, offers programs ranging from certificates in ministry to doctorates in ministry.
“It’s like public education. You can never have too much because things are always changing,” she said. “Even if the word of God does not change, the more you grow spiritually, the more you understand.”
To learn more about Kingdom Life Family Center, call (225) 444-5000 or email [email protected] For more information about Team Impact Christian University, call (225) 292-1771 or visit www.tiuniversity.com.