Staff and Volunteers

Moriah Ministries Staff

Chap Andy McDaniel leads our ministry staff. A big part of Andy’s ministry focus is serving the GVSU Women’s Basketball team He enjoys serving the coaches, players and their families. Chap is at practices, on the road, at their summer camps and more.  When there is an injury, he is ready to encourage while recovery is happening. Andy also actively provides encouragement to the softball team, the volleyball team and to the Men’s Basketball team when their games line up with the women’s. Another significant piece of Andy’s ministry involves the training and equipping of our other ministry staff and volunteers. Following up with and mentoring our alumni after they graduate is another significant piece of Chap’s ministry. He leads and implements student, alumni and volunteer events over the course of each school year.

IMG_2097

Anthony Adams can be found in the locker room and the sidelines at Lubbers Stadium encouraging the awesome GVSU football team.  As a two time all-American Laker, he is well equipped to serve and understand these students.  As a volunteer for the team, he is knowledgeable and equipped to bring needed encouragement. This is his first season taking the lead serving the football team following Chap Andy’s years as their chaplain. Anthony also assists us with student, alumni and volunteer ministry, the golf classic and he has participated in several SERVE trips. In addition to his degree from GVSU, Anthony is a recent grad from Cornerstone Theological Seminary with his degree in counseling.

IMG_2096

Tony Bonacci is our newest staff member. His specific focus is serving the Track and Field team, the largest group of athletes at GVSU.  Tony’s personal history with Track and Field gives him a solid base for reaching out and understanding the needs of the students in this wide ranging sport. In addition to serving with us, Tony is a husband, Dad and a local businessman – he is the owner of Stitchtime.  He can regularly be found in the Track and Field Building getting to know these students and coaches, encouraging them with a heartfelt passion to make a difference in their lives. Tony stepped in to take the place of our long-time staff member, Jamie Balcom, this January.

Administrative Staff

IMG_7400Rachel Postma serves in two key areas – ministry and administrative.  She has been a tremendous blessing this past year as our Supersonic Coordinator and our SERVE Coordinator and she nailed it!  We are so thankful for her organization and ministry skills – a rare combo but she has it!  Rachel manages and ministers with our student, volunteers as well as alumni.  She is Mom Val’s right hand assistant for CareLinc Classic and much more!

Valerie McDaniel (a.k.a. Mom Val) serves alongside Chap Andy assisting with all things administrative.  She is our website creator, social media manager, she assists Chap with ministry development, Val is our CareLinc Classic coordinator and she oversees our communications and organizational needs. As Chap’s wife, she has been part of his ministry story for the past 34 years.  She is “Mom Val” to many GVSU students as well as “Mom” to three amazing McDaniel kiddos and 2 of the best sons-in-law around and she loves being “Grammy” to 4 beautiful tiny people!

M5D_1534Chap Andy McDaniel – Executive Director  Under Andy’s leadership, Moriah Ministries is a vibrant growing ministry, influencing countless students at Grand Valley State University.  Andy developed and directs our student outreach, touching the lives of hundreds of students and alumni.  This ministry is changing the lives of students who never would have considered faith as a priority during their college careers.  Andy directs, trains and oversees all staff and volunteers involved in Moriah Ministries. Andy also developed the annual Moriah Golf Classic, helping to provide a firm financial base for the ministry.

 Each year Andy leads GVSU students on service project trips to serve both around the world and right here in the US. Teams have served in the Dominican Republic, offered tornado relief in Tuscaloosa, AL, traveled to China serving orphans with Bring Me Hope, served Nashville, TN providing flood relief and Homestead, Florida twice serving an urban kids ministry called KIX. He also brought a team to serve Appalachia in Asheville, North Carolina. This past season we served in Birmingham, AL. Andy leads student service teams providing needed services right here in Michigan as well including Camp Roger, Grace Youth Camp, Young Life’s Timber Wolf Lake, Camp Mel Trotter as well as other locations.  

Moriah Ministries relies on many Volunteers who serve at a varity of levels!

Moriah volunteers have a great time and options for service are endless!  Contact us today (using the form below) with your volunteer interest area!

We have faithful volunteers who:

fix food for our student gatherings

serve coaches of our Laker athletic teams *

offer insight as our Alumni Advisory Board

provide us with technology expertise

provide home-cooked meals to injured or ill students

serve as our Board of Trustees *

photograph our events

clean up or set up for events

do the shopping for our events

serve on our golf committee

IMG_8076

All Staff and Volunteer positions require training. All staff and volunteers have an application process to complete. Being on Staff requires one year of on-the-job training as well as the ability to provide 24/7 accessibility to the students being served.

*Potential Board of Trustees members have a Board of Trustees interview process to complete and must be approved by a vote by the Board of Trustees.

* Moriah Ministries volunteers or staff who serve coaches are determined by a volunteer application process, require a training period and serve only at the request of the coach.