Our staff is the heartbeat of our church! Our pastors and office manager make is possible to navigate the services that we provide from our worship to our service to the community.
Pastor Brad Cassell
Pastor Brad is in his seventh year of ministry as the lead pastor here at Tampa First. He was born and raised in south central Pennsylvania and met his wife Julie Bragg of Georgia in Pittsburgh. Julie and Brad went to Andrews University and returned back to PA where they ministered for 10 years. During these years, Brad and Julie were blessed with the birth of their three sons; Mason, Adam, and Liam. The Cassells moved to Fayetteville, Georgia where they pastored for five years before coming to the Tampa area in 2011. Julie is currently teaching at Tampa Adventist Academy where their sons Adam and Liam attend. Mason, the oldest, plans to attend Adventist University of Health Sciences of Orlando in the fall of 2017. Outside of pastoral ministry, Brad enjoys working out with his boys, golfing, writing, and watching Philadelphia sports teams. Pastor Brad plans on finishing his Doctor of Ministry from Andrews University in leadership by the end of the summer 2017. Pastor Brad’s ministry passion is to see people grow into fully devoted disciples who make disciples for God’s kingdom.
Associate Pastor Claudette Aleman
“My family and I have been blessed to be here at Tampa 1st church since the spring of 2010.” Claudette studied Theology at Southwestern Adventist University, and Graduated from Andrews University with Masters of Divinity. “I love the adventure of God, every time you make yourself available to God, life becomes a amazing roller coaster ride.” Mission trips and traveling with her family are what drive Claudette outside of church ministry. As a family, Claudette with husband Rene, son Adrian, and daughters Lina and Adela enjoy the beach and hanging out with new and old friends alike.
Office Manager: Dorine
For the past several years Dorine has been our lifesaver. She, husband Michael, and daughter Amber were baptized into our church on April 7, 2001. As natives to Tampa they have lived here all their lives which is not something you meet every day. A fun fact to know is that Michael and Dorine were born at the same hospital and delivered by the same doctor (and no they are not brother and sister as Michael likes to tease). Amber now lives in Lakeland with her husband where she recently earned her Master’s in Library Science.
Outside of the job that she loves, you can find her cooking up a new recipe for family and friends. She feels blessed to be in the position but we feel even more blessed to have her.