Biography of Dr. Wilbur N. Daniel
Dr. Wilbur Nathan Daniel, B. Th, B.S., M.A., D.D.
Wilbur N. Daniel was born on January 2, 1918 in Louisville, Kentucky to Nathan and Fannie Daniel. He received his elementary education in West Point, Kentucky and graduated from Central High School in Louisville. In 1938 he was married to Ms. Marguerite Richards. The Daniel’s have two sons; Wilbur N. Jr., a graduate of Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, and Rickey Eugene, a graduate of Michigan State University at East Lansing.Daniel entered the ministry at the age of 25. His first pastorate was the Macedonia Baptist Church in Garrett, Indiana. While there he studied religious education and pastoral theology at Fort Wayne Bible Institute. Daniel later accepted the invitation to pastor the Pilgrim Emmanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee where he served for three years.While in Nashville, he enrolled at the American Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving the Bachelor of Theology degree. From there he enrolled at the Tennessee State University where he received the Bachelor of Science degree. In 1949 he accepted the pastorate of the St. John Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee and while there he applied for admittance to Austin Peay State University which up to that time was all white. Rev. Daniel pioneered the way for integration of this university and graduated with honors in 1957 receiving the Master of Arts degree.
In 1957 Daniel became the Pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago.
In the mid 1960's, under Daniel’s leadership, Antioch became the first church organization
in the country to take advantage of Section 202 of the National Housing Act. Passed
under President Dwight Eisenhower, Section 202 provides government loans for not-for-profit
organizations such as Antioch to purchase land for developing low-income senior citizen
housing. From those first townhouses and apartment units, Antioch has developed or
rehabilitated more than 900 units for senior citizens, the handicapped, and families.
This housing effort includes the Ft. Wayne, Indiana and joint ventures with the North
Woodriver Baptist District Association and New Pisgah Baptist Church.
This information is courtesy of: http://www.antiochmissionarybaptistchurchchicago.com/history.php