Information found this week in Jacksonville Councilwoman the Rev. Kim Daniels, divorce filings raises questions about her finances and personal comportment, possible tax and nonprofit status irregularities, and her residency itself, which could affect her city council eligibility.
The filings, obtained by FloridaPolitics.com, provide details in Daniels’ divorce from her husband of 18 years, the Rev. Ardell Daniels. Two nonprofit corporations, Spoken Word Ministries and Kimberly Daniels Ministries International Inc., are named as third party defendants.
Ardell Daniels filed for divorce in September in Davie, where the couple “owns a marital home together,” about 350 miles south of Jacksonville. The mortgage on home is $3,674 a month.
In the filing, Ardell Daniels claims to “have devoted himself” to his wife and that “the accumulation of the Wife’s assets has been accomplished largely as a result of the contribution and support of the husband.” This is a key point.
On Nov. 3, 2014, Kim Daniels requested more time to file a response, partly because she had received “no service of process.” At that time she had been on Jacksonville City Council a few years and claimed to have “been locked out of the Davie parsonage” by her husband.
That led to an amended verified petition for divorce by Ardell Daniels, which reveals some questionable moves.
The Davie home, bought in 2010 by Kim Daniels with a G.I. Bill loan, was quitclaimed to Spoken Word Ministries in October 2010. In April 2011 it was quitclaimed back to Kim and Ardell Daniels, the same time she was running for office in Jacksonville. In November 2011 it was quitclaimed back to Spoken Word Ministries. All the while, the home carried the same G.I. Bill mortgage. Typically, a mortgaged property can’t be quitclaimed. The filing contends that the quitclaim on the shared property was an “attempt to keep the interest of the property from the Husband” and “avoid paying taxes to the IRS.”
Beyond that home, the couple acquired other properties, including three Jacksonville homes, a Jacksonville commercial property, and three Central Florida timeshares. The Jacksonville home where Kim Daniels lives is appraised at $386,940.
Additionally, Spoken Word Ministries has 13 vehicles, either in the name of the corporation or the husband. Ardell Daniels drives a 1983 Porsche. Other vehicles include a 2007 Escalade, a Lexus, several vans, and a 2013 Chevy Silverado pickup clearly being used as a campaign vehicle for the Daniels re-election effort (pictured below).
The amended filing details the organization of the couple’s churches. Spoken Word Ministries has two franchises: one in Fort Lauderdale, where Ardell Daniels officiates, and the other in Jacksonville, run by the councilwoman. Kim Daniels handled the money throughout, leading her husband to request alimony “to continue to enjoy the lifestyle and standard of living which he enjoyed during the marriage” and child support for the couple’s children who live with him in Davie.
Organized religion is a business, and Spoken Word Ministries itself is in contention. Ardell Daniels was a director until October 2014, when Kimberly Daniels removed him from the board. The proceeds earned by the “South Church” in Davie are deposited into the “main account,” the filing states.
Ardell Daniels also asserts that his wife “does not respect corporate formalities and routinely uses the assets of the corporations as her alter ego, to pay regular bills,” and that there is a “complete blending” of their personal and corporate property.
In November, Kim Daniels filed a counterpetition alleging that Ardell Daniels changed the locks on the Davie house, locking her out, then called police to say “strangers” were present. She petitioned for “exclusive use and occupancy of the Davie parsonage,” which, because she’s an elected official in Jacksonville, seems curious.
Kim Daniels makes allegations of domestic violence and “secreting vehicles” against her husband, which he calls a “vicious tale.” In turn, he makes similar allegations, describing her as having “an issue with anger,” and “choking her daughter” at one point.
The two parties agree the primary business of the corporation is done in Davie, and that the Jacksonville church is an adjunct.
Kim Daniels has been accused of blurring lines before, A few months ago she used her campaign account to buy $4,000 worth of ad space for her book, The Demon Dictionary: Know Your Enemy, Learn His Strategies, DEFEAT HIM!, in Shofar magazine. At the time, she told Florida Politics that she had done nothing wrong.
Florida Politics attempted Thursday to question Councilwoman Daniels about the filings as she got out of her church-owned Lexus before a press conference at city hall. She said the divorce was “personal” and that she didn’t want to comment. Her campaign manager, accompanying her to the city hall event, reinforced that claim.
Attempts to reach Ardell Daniels on Thursday were fruitless. However, we are working toward an interview of Ardell for a followup piece in the coming days. More to come on this story.