M. Bert Daniels, retired minister, evangelist, and district superintendent, passed away 14 June. He was 98 years old.
Daniels served as minister for nearly 20 years in Idaho, Oregon, and Florida. In 1956, he became superintendent of both the Alaska and Canada Pacific districts, where he served for seven years. He went on to lead the Washington Pacific District (1963-1976), Southwest Oklahoma District (1977-1985), and the New Zealand District (1985-1989). He also served as an evangelist for four years before retiring in 1993.
He attended Northwest Nazarene College (now Northwest Nazarene University) before going on to Bresee Nazarene College and Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University), where he earned his Doctor of Divinity.
In 2007, Daniels married Merreta Ketchum, mother of former Nazarene Missions International Director Daniel Ketchum.
"The Daniels' had been some of my parents' best friends in ministry on the Washington Pacific District," Daniel Ketchum said. "Dr. Daniels asked my widowed mother, Merreta, to marry him. They enjoyed nearly 11 years together.
"He was an exemplary Nazarene pastor, DS, and evangelist. He preached and practiced heart and life holiness."
M. Bert Daniels was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lola Marie (Feldman) Daniels; his brother, Harold Daniels, and a sister, Ruthie Daniels. He is survived by his wife, Merreta Daniels; his daughter, Lyn Hunter, and husband T.J.; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held 21 June at 2:30 pm in Harrison, Arkansas, at CrossRoads Community Church. Visitation will be open 20 June from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coffman Funeral Home in Harrison.