I’m Pastor Daniel McFeeters, and I have a mission to share Jesus and the message of His soon coming! I have a passion to help people know Him better. I have a burden to minister to the needs of those who have less opportunity than others. I believe God has called me to be one of His ministers, to reach the people of Appalachia with God’s last-day message, symbolized by the three angels of Revelation 14.
I was raised in a loving Christian home. Although my family moved frequently when I was young, we settled near Somerset, Kentucky, when I was 13. I still claim southeast Kentucky as my home. I studied at Somerset Community College, and graduated in 2009 from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology. Already, I had been building a successful computer consulting business, and I continued working in the technology field until the summer of 2018.
As a child, I was fascinated by mission stories, and story-tellers like Eric B. Hare and Josephine Cunnington Edwards. That sparked an interest in ministry and missions which has grown to bring me to the work God has given me today. I dedicated my life to Christ as a teenager, and was baptized on June 27, 1998. In 2005 I went on my first overseas mission trip, to Cuba, and in 2006 I had the opportunity to work in Namibia for 9 months with Adventist Frontier Mission.
This was a life-changing experience in many ways. The AFM training and experience sparked a vision to use cross-cultural “friendship” ministry to reach the people of Appalachia with the love of Jesus. At the same time, I was getting better acquainted with a beautiful young woman, Kristina, whom I had known since childhood. Kristina and I kept up a correspondence while I was in Africa, and after I returned, our friendship grew into a relationship. We were married on March 8, 2009, and together we set up our home in McCreary County, Kentucky.
Since the beginning of our relationship, Kristina and I have been partners in ministry. After our wedding, we set about intentionally building friendships, not just in our local church, but in the local community–looking for ways to minister to the felt needs and share the love of Jesus. In the fall of 2009, Kristina began teaching a monthly cooking class, which soon grew to two classes each month (in separate locations). These classes eventually led to the opening of Kristina’s Kitchen, a bakery and vegetarian cafe in downtown Whitley City. Our community knows this isn’t a “money-making” venture, but another opportunity for ministry. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from our community, and though Kristina and her parents spend long hours every week in the restaurant, it has allowed us to develop many friendships for the Kingdom of God.
In 2011-2012, I spent a year working as a literature evangelist, selling Bibles, Bible story books, and health books in 18 counties across eastern Kentucky. From 2012 – 2018, I worked full-time as IT manager for the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, in addition to doing local lay ministry.
In 2014, Kristina’s Kitchen opened, and then in 2015, I was asked to serve as a lay Pastor (bi-vocational pastor) for our local church in Stearns, Kentucky. Kristina and I prayed earnestly before accepting God’s call to ministry. Then, In summer 2018, we received a call to full-time ministry in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. I was asked to take a pastoral position in a district of four Seventh-day Adventist congregations in southeast Kentucky: London, Monticello, Stearns, and Williamsburg. After earnest prayer, I decided to give up my technology career in order to accept this call to full-time ministry.
We can see God’s leading at each step of the way. The COVID-19 crisis of 2020 has changed the face of ministry, and continues to challenge the way we “do church” and ministry. But it has also opened the doors for more online ministry, including a weekly video message out in nature that’s I’ve dubbed “Sermons in the Woods.” Kristina’s Kitchen continues to bless our community with a delicious special every weekday. Despite social distancing and continued challenges, God is still working!
Please continue to pray for us as we press forward in following His calling!
~Pastor Daniel (and Kristina)