Andrew McDaniel

December 13, 1951 ~
February 21, 2024

Andy McDaniel was born in Birmingham, Alabama. The second of five children, he grew up in extreme poverty, even spending a season living in his car. His earliest memories include standing on a chair at the kitchen stove making breakfast for his family. Andy thought God just had a bad last name and he didn’t have a clue what went on behind the doors of the many churches in his community. All that changed when a girl he liked invited him to go to a Youth for Christ Campus Life club meeting in high school. On September 23, 1970, Andy’s Campus Life leader, Joe Guthrie, helped guide him to the very feet of Jesus Christ. When Andy asked the Lord to come into his heart and take over his life, he knew that he wanted to help others make this same decision for the rest of his life!

Andy attended Southeastern Bible College to study God’s Word. From there he went on to serve in Youth for Christ programs in Alabama (including Woodlawn High School about which the movie “Woodlawn” is based) as Campus Life Ministry Directors and Executive Directors. Youth for Christ programs served through the years include: Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, AL, Clearwater, Orlando, and Miami, FL, Nashville and Franklin, TN and Grand Rapids, MI. A member of the YFC Consortium, Andy was also a Campus Life trainer for many years. Andy was often asked to move to a YFC program to rejuvenate their Campus Life programs. By God’s grace he was able to help bring these ministries to a healthy and thriving place. Andy also helped lead and facilitate many unique YFC ministry events including Haunted House, Rocketown, Underground, YFC Camp, DC/LA, Souled Out, Gatlinburg, and Project Serve trips around the world.

After faithfully serving Youth for Christ for 36 years, Andy spent the next 15 years developing and directing Moriah Ministries, an evangelistic outreach to Grand Valley State University. Andy and his family loved hosting students for Sunday suppers, cheering on the Lakers, Supersonic and SERVE Trips to the Dominican Republic, China, Alabama, and more! Andy trained staff and volunteers in intentional relational ministry, thus earning the right to be heard by serving GVSU students and staff.

God brought Andy and Valerie (Boersma) together in 1981 in Clearwater. A year later they married and continued serving Youth for Christ programs while raising, loving, and home educating three amazing children. During these treasured years, Andy and Valerie were also involved in leading home educators in Community Coffees ministries, homeschool co-ops and the Mid-Winter Home Educators Conferences. Many family adventures alongside the ministry adventures led Andy on an incredibly exciting and adventurous life. Though his final months Earthside may have slowed him down physically, Andy spent his final moments planning new ministry ventures and opportunities to lead more people to a love of the Heavenly Father and a saving knowledge of the free gift of salvation offered by Jesus Christ.

In all these roles Chap Andy led by his clear example, mentoring and training the next generation of ministry leaders, introducing countless souls to the unconditional love of Christ Jesus who forever changed all of our lives.

Two of Andy’s favorite Scriptures are 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” And I Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Andy is preceded in death by his parents, Dewey Britton and Mary Elizabeth (Crawford); his older brother, Randall; brother-in-law, Glyndale Weeks; and granddaughter, Rose Stuart. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Valerie (Boersma); daughters, Elizabeth (Tom) Stuart, Sarah (Cole) Groot; son, Benjamin McDaniel; grandchildren, Azaziah, Alitza, and Boaz Groot, Hope, Faith, Jonathan, and Andrew Stuart; sisters, Vicki Weeks, Debbie (Doug) Weeks; brother, Danny (Ruth) McDaniel; sister-in-law, Emiko McDaniel; father-in-law and mother-in law, Ben and Cleo Boersma; brother-in-law, Jeff (Michelle) Boersma; and many nephews and nieces.

There will be a private family interment. Public celebration of life service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 1pm, Fellowship Reformed Church, 6610 36th Avenue, Hudsonville, Michigan. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Andy’s honor to Moriah Ministries, P.O. Box 333, Allendale, MI 49401.

Celebration of Life
Friday, April 5
1:00pm

Fellowship Church
6610 36th Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Leave Your Tribute Message

April 04, 2024 11:05am
Valerie and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing and know what a hole this leaves in your hearts. He had such a heart for people, the lost, and for the homeschooling community. I’m forever thankful for the Mid-Winters Conferences and all your family did to make that available to us. Praying for the peace that passes all comprehension in the days ahead. ~Connie Kline

- Connie Kline

February 24, 2024 4:06pm
Words won’t do justice for the relationship Chap and I shared. I met Chap as a 21 year old college basketball player at GVSU. I wasn’t walking with the Lord, never read the Bible and couldn’t understand what Chap was doing at basketball practice haha. Little did I know that Jesus would use Chap to change my life for eternity. Chap was like a father to me. When I had no idea what life was about, when I was far from Jesus, Chap explained it all to me. He brought me into his family and his family became my family. We traveled the world together, we ministered and served together, and we laughed and cried together. Chap was always there for me and I’ll never forget all of the advice he gave me and all the time he spent with me teaching me about Jesus and life. I’m so glad that Caliyah, Jireh, and I got to go on the last serve trip with Chap to his home state of Alabama. It was full circle and such a great time! Caliyah, Jireh and I love you Chap!

- Josh Roberson

February 24, 2024 3:11pm
Chap Andy was one of a kind. His warm smile and genuine kindness is what I will remember most. He had a true servants heart and was a blessing to all he encountered. I will cherish the short time I had working with him. I know he will be missed.

- Jessie Brooks

February 24, 2024 2:20pm
Andy was absolutely one of a kind. I only heard stories about Andy before he became a follower of Jesus. When I met him, he was fully in love with Jesus and devoted to sharing that love with rascals like I was at the time. Andy’s unconditional love for and acceptance of me was like a magnet, drawing me to the Gospel of Christ. He not only was the tool God used to point me to Jesus, but also led me to begin developing the disciplines needed for following Jesus faithfully. Over the years, I’ve only grown more grateful for the sacrificial love for others Andy demonstrated and the model for following Jesus he lived out. I’m eternally thankful for the godly influence Andy had in my life as a teen and throughout the following 47 years. He loved hard until the end. Well done Andy!

- Saint Green




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