The Rev. Dr. Joel R. Grassi serves as the Senior Pastor of Commonwealth Community Baptist Church.
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He is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College (‘97, B.S.) and holds the Doctor of Theology degree from Emmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as an M.Div. and Th.M. degrees.
An experienced teacher, writer, and speaker, Pastor Joel has taught everywhere from boisterous public school classrooms to seminaries and churches in Peru, Ireland, and Japan. He loves teaching the Bible at Commonwealth.
Pastor Joel has done additional post-graduate work at Alliance Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, Fordham Graduate School of Religion, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York City.
Before serving at Commonwealth, Pastor Joel spent time pastoring in Westchester County, New York, and taught as a seminary professor in Hartford County, Connecticut.
Pastor Joel grew up in the New York City area and has a heart for urban ministry. He served in a variety of roles at Commonwealth, from leading music and teaching Sunday School to in-depth pastoral counseling and Bible teaching, before being unanimously nominated to the role of Senior Pastor in 2013.
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