Born in Louisville, Kentucky to the parents of Doris A. Smith and Clarence E. Brooks (deceased) and spent her early years in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri from the age of 14 years old. Donna McDaniel is the second of seven children. She is the mother of five children and the grandmother of seven grandchildren and has been married to Herman McDaniel since 1996.
Donna had worked for twenty-one years in the hotel hospitality business with the Alameda Plaza Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel, the Intercontinental Hotel, and now serves as a Banquet Captain at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. Donna received her call to ministry in 2005 following a conference she attended in Dallas, Texas where she heard a motivational speech by John Maxwell. After speaking with her pastor who said he believed she was called to ministry, she accepted the call to serve in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Donna is a member of Centennial United Methodist Church and began the Caregiving Ministry for her home church.
Donna was hired as the Minister of Outreach at Red Bridge United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri on July 1, 2007 and was appointed as the Associate Pastor of Outreach at Red Bridge on November 1, 2009. She received her license to preach in June 2009 and is currently in the ministry process with the Heartland District of the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Donna was appointed to serve as the pastor of Northmoor United Methodist Church located in Kansas City North where she began serving on July 1, 2011. Donna volunteers as a Bridge Advocate with Rose Brooks Center, a member of the Faith Committee with Spofford Home. Donna is a member of the Citywide Prayer Movement, active in the Metro Organization for Racial Economic Equity (MORE² ), Concerned Clergy Coalition and serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the Methodist Ministers’ Fellowship of the Greater Kansas City Area.
Donna believes in the “Four Stages of Life” as a charge that John Maxwell gave when he said, “Make a difference, doing something that makes a difference, with someone who wants to make a difference, and at a time when it makes a difference.”