Rev. Joseph (Joe) Perdue grew up in Florida and felt a call to ministry at a young age. He has a passion for social justice and for serving the most vulnerable members of our community. Joe attended seminary in Richmond, Virginia, where he earned a Master of Divinity concentrating in Biblical Interpretation, focusing on the Hebrew Bible. While in seminary, he served as Pastoral Intern and later as a Children’s Ministry Associate at The Tabernacle Baptist Church, an ethnically diverse inner-city community. Joe’s first full-time ministry position was a Pastoral Residency in New York City with Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries. He did pastoral care on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen with people experiencing high emotional stress and mental illness. He also engaged the community in direct social services such as food pantries, clothing closets, and medical outreach.
Joe is married to his wife, Julia, a Connecticut native. She is a professional costumer and has worked on many well-known shows and taught students at the undergraduate level. She is currently working at the Public Theater in New York City. Joe and Julia have two cats and a very active dog. Their dog, Scout, often accompanies Joe to the office to assist in pastoral care and to distract everyone from working.
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