Pastor Brad has been the the lead pastor here at Tampa First since 2011. 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 Pennsylvania where they ministered for 10 years. During these years, Brad and Julie were blessed with the birth of three sons. 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 North Tampa Christian Academy.
Outside of pastoral ministry, Brad enjoys working out with his boys, golfing, writing, and watching Philadelphia sports teams. Pastor Brad’s personal vision is to daily surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ and learn to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit more clearly. His ministry vision is to foster a healthy church environment by modeling the exploration of the spiritual disciplines and the implementation of shared leadership resulting in a passion for God and His vision of discipleship in the body and in the community resulting in conversion growth and the birth of daughter churches.