Curtis McDaniel grew up in the South in the states of Alabama and Tennessee. He attended several different schools in college, but finally graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in History. At UF, he became involved in RUF and caught a passion for ministering to students. After college, he went to Covenant Theological Seminary and graduated with his M.Div in 2009. During his time there, he married Margaret whom he had met through RUF at UF.
After graduation, God opened a door to serve as an assistant and eventually associate pastor at a church in Savannah, GA (Grace Church of the Islands). While he was called primarily to work with middle and high school students, he had a broad array of experience in pastoral ministry. In 2013, the Lord opened a door for them to work with RUF at Purdue University. Curtis served there for 8.5 years until he became the RUF Area Coordinator for Georgia & Florida in 2022.
They have been blessed with three children: Anna, Kate, and Drew. In his free time, Curtis likes reading books, riding his bike, watching & playing sports (Go Gators!) and watching a good movie/TV show. The McDaniels are grateful to be back in the state of Florida and are excited about this opportunity.
Prayer Requests:
1. For me to encourage and equip my staff well when I visit them this fall.
2. For God to send many new students to RUF groups and that our RUF groups would be hospitable to them.
3. For safety as I travel (often 3 out of 4 weeks a month during the semester).
4. For God to use RUF both to deepen students' love for Jesus and to bring students to know Jesus & His love for the first time.

Additional Info: RUF Area Coordinators (ACs) have 3 main areas of responsibility:
1) A Consultant: ACs advise, influence, advocate, and connect. As a result, I help with national events (e.g., recruiting, training, etc.), communicate with RUF Presbytery committees, and assist in the placement of new campus ministers for Georgia and Florida.
2) A Coach: ACs develop, motivate, train, & evaluate the Campus Ministers in their area so that they can reach and equip students on their campus. I "win" when my campus ministers "win." As part of this role, I visit each campus & campus minister in my area once per semester (twice a year), as well as communicate regularly with them.
3) A Shepherd: ACs encourage, confront, comfort, supervise, and challenge. We function like a pastor for pastors. I walk alongside the staff and their families so that they would love Jesus more as they labor on the campus.