Senior Pastor | Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene
Dr. Samuel Vassel has been Senior Pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene (BBCN) since October 2000. Before migrating to the United States from Jamaica in 2000, Dr. Vassel was for ten years, Senior Pastor for the Bethune Avenue Holiness Christian Church. He was also Bishop of the Holiness Christian Church in Jamaica for two of those years. Dr. Vassel has also worked extensively over the years in various student ministries in Jamaica including Inter-school Christian Fellowship (ISCF), University and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) and the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
Dr. Vassel has served as a Seminary Lecturer at the Jamaica Theological Seminary and the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. He is also a contributing writer for Preacher’s Magazine: A Preaching Resource in the Wesleyan Tradition.
Dr. Vassel holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, (Doctoral Dissertation: Understanding and Addressing the Absence of Men from the Jamaican Church), a Masters in Theological Studies from Wheaton College (MA Thesis: Socio-political Concern of the Gospel in the Gospel of Luke) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the West Indies.
Dr. Vassel is married to Angela and is the father of David and Kara-Beth.