Bio Data

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. 

While they continue to oversee three RHEMA campuses in Malaysia, the primary thrust of their ministry is to conduct Advanced Biblical Preaching Clinics in Asia, for the purpose of training ministers to think exegetically and to preach biblically, in order to expound Christ-Centered expository messages from every part of Scripture, consistent with the unifying and overarching themes of the Bible, which are brought to fulfillment through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  




Changing Deeply

One way to think about salvation is that God saves us from ourselves and He saves us from our sins. Even after we become children of God by faith in Christ, habits hound us and true and lasting change can seem hard to come by. 

When you try to change yourself, the change is often partial and temporary. But when God is the One doing it, the change is deep and lasting. How's that work?