Reverend Joseph G. Casper, Jr.,
is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and the only son born to the late Joseph G. Casper, Sr., and Mary T. Casper. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from Manor High School in 1975.
He was ordained as Deacon in 1993, by Zion Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Virginia, under the Pastoral leadership of Reverend Joseph L. Roberts, where he served faithfully for nine years. In 2001 Reverend Casper graduated from the University of Lynchburg, Virginia Seminary School of Religion. After his call to the ministry, he was licensed to preach the gospel by Zion Baptist Church on May 26, 2002, under the Pastoral leadership of Dr. J. Michael Little.
As an Outreach Minister, Reverend Casper delivered powerful, spirit-filled messages, to the lost and homeless at Zion Baptist Church's "Drop-In" Outreach Ministry Center. He also ministered to those who were sick and shut-in at area nursing facilities and hospitals. He was awarded a “Certificate of Recognition” from the City of Portsmouth’s National Day of Prayer Celebration on May 6, 2004.
On January 8, 2006, Reverend Casper was ordained to the position, Assistant to the Pastor, by the late Pastor George E. Henry, Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Norfolk, Virginia. He, then, was installed as Bethel's fifth Pastor on April 8, 2007.
He is retired from the City of Portsmouth where he worked for 19 years as a heavy Equipment Operator.
Reverend Casper is married to the former Mary B. Jones, of Portsmouth, Virginia and together they have four children - Tommy, Emory, Joseph III, and Farrah. The Lord has also blessed them to have five grandchildren - Jasmine, Jah'Fae, Miles, Joseph IV, and Jazz. Reverend Casper and his wife, Mary, have been ministering the gospel for over 25 years through their outreach music ministry - "Joseph and Mary".
God has truly shown His favor throughout the life of Reverend Casper, however, the most significant fact about him is that he is a "Born-Again Christian", in service for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!