Rev. Dr. Rolland Daniels, Lead Pastor
Rolland Daniels was born and raised on a cattle farm in Collinsville, Mississippi. This small, rural community instilled in him the values of hard work, respect, courtesy and deep faith. Upon graduating high school, he attended Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and studied Business Administration. After graduation, he returned to Mississippi to take over the family roofing construction business. After 4 years, he received a call into the ministry and returned to Anderson to complete his Masters of Divinity at Anderson School of Theology.
Upon arriving at Anderson he met his future wife, Ellen. They have been happily married for nearly 34 years and are the proud parents of two sons: Tyler and Seth, daughter-in-law, Catherine, and granddaughter, Raelyn May, with a 2nd grandbaby due in January! The Daniels are a tight knit family who loves spending time with each other.
For the past 34 years, Rolland has given executive leadership to organizations, congregations and the national church. Daniels has years of professional and personal experience in leading and training leaders. He has pastored churches, taught as an adjunct professor, coached and consulted young leaders, spoken on various topics across the country and is an author. His book, Church in the Middle, is a template for how organizations/congregations can get outside themselves and engage the communities around them.
In 2010, Rolland completed his Doctorate of Education with a focus on the changing dynamics of diversity in the world today. Daniels has helped to grow organizations, broaden their scope of influence, and further define their purpose, goals and culture. He is a consummate people person with a passion for impacting individuals and organizations to positively transform the communities in which they reside. He is well respected for his leadership development ideas and strategies. He is also a much sought after speaker who uses his knowledge, life experiences and humor to inspire and encourage people toward a life of loving Jesus.
Gene spent most of his adolescent life in Southern Illinois where he spiritually “cut his teeth” under the mentorship and guidance of Marty Samples (youth pastor at the time). From there, he studied Philosophy and Religion at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY. After a year at KWC, Gene moved to Anderson to help take care of his Grandparents. It was here that he enrolled at Anderson University and met Tabitha, to whom he has been married for 10 years. He graduated from AU in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministries and continued his education at Anderson University School of Theology pursuing his Masters of Ministry degree.
Gene’s passions include spending time with his family (including his children: Alivia, age 9 and Tarry, age 7), martial arts, fitness, and learning. Gene has spent his career investing in the lives of youth, beginning with his past roles at Madison County Youth Center and as a youth pastor at Cadiz Friends Church. He currently serves as Executive Director of Mentoring Warriors, Inc. where he pours into the lives of students; utilizing martial arts as a tool to develop mind, body, and spirit.
Gene feels a strong call to Catalyst and is excited to invest in the lives of our youth. His primary goals and focus will center around discipleship through youth leadership development and providing an atmosphere that radiates the love of Christ.