Our Team

Joel McDaniel, Chief Executive Officer

A native Arkansan, Joel McDaniel is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor in Texas and North Carolina for over 25 years. Joel and his wife Kimberly currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. Joel is also the author of Ducks, Deer & Dynamite. In this 52-week men’s devotional, Joel connects God’s truth to God’s creation in the African bush of Botswana, the flooded fields of Arkansas and the deer stands of Eastern North Carolina. This book was published for the purpose of providing copies to all active duty servicemen attending outdoor events hosted by Operation Resolute®


Kimberly McDaniel, Communications Director

Kimberly McDaniel is the communications director for Operation Resolute®. Kimberly holds a BA in communications from the University of Arkansas and a teaching certificate in secondary English education and speech from Baylor University. A former English teacher, Kimberly enjoys reading biographies, playing Scrabble and writing. She coauthored Comeback Coach with her father, Fred Goldsmith. Joel and Kimberly have been married 31 years and have twin daughters, Kayla and Kinsey. Kinsey and her husband are currently stationed at Ft. Bragg.

Dave Brubaker, Program Director

Dave Brubaker serves as Program Director for Operation Resolute®. Dave is a semi-retired professional land surveyor and is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He actively serves several outdoor ministries and his church, Providence Baptist Church, through family and men’s ministry events. Dave and his wife Willie of 47 years have three married children and nine grand kids. They currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jeff McKinney, Chief Operating Officer

Jeff grew up in the military and served 26 years as both an Infantry Officer and Army Chaplain. His is the graduate of the University of Kansas, Dallas Theological Seminary and Covenant Seminary. Jeff loves the outdoors and its impact on restoring the soul. He is passionate about discipling young believers, encouraging young families and mentoring those in ministry. Jeff and his wife have been married 27 years, have four children and three grandchildren. He currently resides in Sanford, North Carolina.

Board of Directors

  • Michael Absher, Chief Investment Officer/Founder Absher Wealth Management
  • Smith Andrews, Senior Vice President, The Nautical Group
  • Harold Cooley, Board Vice Chair, Managing Partner, Navitas Wealth Advisors,Inc., Raleigh, NC
  • Chuck Duncan, NC Real Estate Broker & Investor, Raleigh, NC
  • Ben Hedgepeth, Board Chair, Co-Owner, Think! Promotional Group, Raleigh, NC
  • Lee Holder, Senior Vice President, Anthony Property Group, Raleigh, Durham & Eastern NC
  • Marti Sparrow, Retired educator, Raleigh, NC