Reverend Charles Bell ("The Rev") is a native Long Islander having grown up in Mineola, N.Y., became a part of the Messiah family in March of 1997. He has an AA degree from Concordia Junior College Bronxville N.Y., a BA degree from Concordia Senior College Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and his Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. After serving as a vicar at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Flint Michigan and as the Assistant Pastor of Elm Grove Lutheran Church in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, he took over the pastorate at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue, Long Island. In addition to serving as a Circuit Counselor for the Eastern Suffolk circuit of the Atlantic District, Pastor Bell also served on the Nominations Committees and the Charismatic Study Group in the District.