dear belle aire family,

it is with great peace but a heavy heart that i write to share with you my resignation as the minister of children at belle aire baptist church.  through scripture, circumstances, and much prayer, i am accepting the call to be the minister of children at dawson memorial baptist church in birmingham, alabama.

i want to make it clear that i was not looking to leave belle aire, and i am confident that God is calling me to this new position.  i cannot stress enough what a tough decision this has been for me.  belle aire is my home church.  it is the place where i “grew up” spiritually, and the church body that took a chance on me in ministry.  belle aire is more than my place of employment or my church–belle aire is my family!

parents, please help your children understand that i couldn’t love them more and it breaks my heart to go.  this is a choice to obey God.  although this will be a challenging time for all involved, it is also an opportunity to teach children how God leads us in our life’s journey.
i have sought God’s direction and confirmation in scripture and have received great peace in the midst of this hard decision.  while this move and transition will be difficult, i am excited about the next season God has for me in ministry.  God has laid out a plan for me and i am seeking to follow His will for my life.

my last sunday at belle aire will be may 20th.  please know that every effort has been made to help the children’s ministry run smoothly this summer (i.e. vbs, camps, sundays and wednesdays).  kelly jackson, preschool minister, will be overseeing these areas and she will need your enthusiastic support.

it has been a privilege and honor to serve under the most humble and God-fearing man i know, dean sisk.  his leadership and passion for Christ is a blessing to this church and has made a lasting impact on me throughout my spiritual journey!

what a joy it has been to serve alongside you the last 15 years.  my heart treasures each memory and moment we sought the Savior together.  thank you!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us; to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

in faith,
danielle bell

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    • danielle Reply

      thanks chris!!! so glad you are a part of my journey!

  1. Kimberly Allen Reply

    Danielle, I will be praying for your transition and for your ministry at your current church. Children have a way of adjusting to change much better than adults but I know they will miss you. I pray that the Lord will give you enough wisdom, love, joy, peace and grace to see you through each step of this new journey! God bless you dear friend!!

    • danielle Reply

      thank you so much kimberly. guess that is why it is called childlike faith. 🙂

  2. Nicole McVey Reply

    Danielle, I can’t thank you enough for your leadership and for helping to bring Logan to a greater understanding and faith at such a young age. You are a blessing to all and I know that will continue in Birmingham. We will miss you and I am privileged to have served alongside you. May the Lord bless you and keep you!

  3. Judy McCall Reply

    Following Gods leadership will never lead you astray. So very proud of you & your ministry. May you be blessed in all that you do @ to God be the Glory.

  4. Rachel Thomas Reply

    Tears are streaming as I read this…what a chapter the past 15 years have been. So thankful the Lord allows me to walk life with you. You are a wonderful friend and I couldn’t be more proud of you as you begin this new journey. Love you and praying for you immensely!

  5. Jason and Deana Anderson Reply


    Who are we to stand in the way of God’s plan for your life serving Him. Deana can’t even talk right now. We are confident that if God has called you out He has great plans for you and plans for Belle Aire too. Blessed is what we have been to have had you and your spiritual influence on us just as much as our kids. We are so heavy hearted but smiling through tears. We love you and are forever grateful for you and your Spirit.

    jason, deana, mitchell, and sloany baloney

  6. Wow…going to miss that blast of energy you give off…what a praise that my whole family got to go thru YUC and all those camps with such Christ filled person like you…..and you will be close to megan and BAMA….we love you and all you have taught us and the kids ….you will be greatly missed… the wards…

  7. Debbie Buckley Reply

    I hope these people know what a gift they are receiving. I am so thankful for the blessing of having you in my life. I’m gonna miss you beautiful friend. Carry your candle!
    I love you!!

  8. Claude King Reply

    Your love for kids and your faithfulness and integrity have inspired me. Thanks for your ministry to us.

  9. Kathleen Shrader Reply

    I am praying for you on this new leg of your journey with Jesus. May God bless you with all wisdom, discernment and grace in the busy and emotionally charged days ahead. Not to rub it in, but based on what I saw at ReGroup, the Belle Aire families are going to miss you big time!
    I am excited for you and at what God has in store for you. Blessings to you! Kathleen

  10. Patty McClatchey Reply


    The world says that all good things must come to an end. But not so with God! The good just keeps on coming!!! We have been so blessed to have you at Belle Aire for fifteen years, and now a sister church gets to be blessed, too! We will, of course, miss you greatly. There is only one Danielle Bell! But we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. So God will work His good for Belle Aire, Dawson Memorial, and Danielle!
    God IS Good!!!!
    Love you,
    The McClatcheys

  11. danielle Reply

    humbled and blessed by all your precious comments. what a treasure in the midst of one of my hardest decisions ever. so don’t want to miss all that God has for me and trusting in His promises!

  12. Stacey Wessner Reply

    the other-side of obedience is beautiful…just like you! praying you into something beyond your hopes and dreams. you are loved BIG!

  13. Barrett Russell Reply

    Danielle, it has taken us a few days to gather our thoughts. First, we are thrilled that God has called you to such a wonderful new opportunity. We know that you are following His Will. We will miss you more than words can say, but are confident that God has a plan for you and for our children. Aubrey, Turner, Boone, and Burke have been impacted for a lifetime by you. Words cannot express the deep love, admiration, and appreciation we feel for you. Truly we are richly blessed to have known you. Thank you for the difference you have made at Belle Aire, and more specifically in our family. In our own selfishness, we are so sad that ATBB won’t get to experience YUC with you- something they have dreamed of for years. We are sad that little Graham and baby Hatch won’t get to learn under your leadership. But we are sure of one thing- GOD IS IN CONTROL. He is in control of you- and of the future for our children. While we cannot imagine what the next year will be like, He can. We are reminded to give thanks in all circumtances (even through the tears). We are thankful to God for you. With much love, Steve, Barrett, Aubrey, Turner, Boone, Burke, Graham, & Hatchett Russell

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