REV. JOSEPH and MARY PURCELL have served in the ministry since 1989 and have lived and ministered overseas as resident missionaries since 1992. They have four adult children, and five grandchildren.
A former lawyer, Joe graduated in 1988 from RHEMA Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2016, he was awarded a Masters degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Before moving to Singapore in 2004, he and his wife lived six years in Khabarovsk, Russia where they helped start a Bible school, trained church leaders, and pastored a local church. Prior to this they were resident missionaries in Provideniya, Russia for six years, where they helped to establish what are believed to be some of the first evangelical churches in history in the eastern part of the Chukotka region of Arctic Russia.
In August of 2004, the Purcells relocated their ministry base to Singapore where they served as directors of Rhema Bible Training Center Singapore from 2006 to 2014, during which time they also established six other Rhema campuses in Russia, India and Malaysia.