Samantha was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Married since 2003 to Bob McDaniel, their only child, daughter Clary, was born in 2007. The McDaniels relocated to Columbia at the end of 2010, and began attending Sandhills in January 2011. They attended Foundations in April, were baptized together in June, and began serving the church in August of that year. Samantha has worked in the church office since 2011.