Part of the Bridge Fellowship

Pastor Joe and Debbie Tassell

Joe and Debbie have been in full-time ministry since 2004. Joe completed his Ph.D. in 2000, was ordained
in 2003 to the gospel ministry by his home church in Winter Haven, FL, and has pastored three churches
prior to coming to First Baptist.
Joe and Debbie grew up in pastors’ homes, which influenced their love of people and ministry. Joe had
many vocations before going into full-time ministry. After his undergraduate studies, he even served
some time in the military. Because of his eclectic background he is able to relate and communicate with
just about every walk of life. Joe has a passion for making the Word of God accessible and
understandable to everyone.
Debbie was born to missionary parents who taught her to have a deep love for Christ by living their lives
passionately in gospel ministry. She is alongside her husband helping him carry out the administrative
aspect of the church. Designing the website, taking care of the advertising and taking care of the social
media for the church are a few of her activities.
Joe and Debbie love to walk and getting to know and ministering to people in their neighborhood. When
they are not out walking you might catch them hanging out at local eateries in Hillsdale.