The Bells (And Paul!)


Loving God and Others and Making Disciples

Updated January 2008

Welcome to the Bell's Home page! We are glad you dropped by- let me introduce you-

We are most grateful to the one who made us, saves us and brought us together, our Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing we have done, or will do, that might be good is done without God. And the things we do that aren't the best are the fault of our failure, not the Lord's.

Joseph E. Bell, Jr. (Joe) was born May 2, 1964 in Birmingham, AL to Joe & Margaret Ann Bell. His parents and brother-in-law Jim have left this world already, but he has two wonderful sisters, four nephews and one niece, 7 grand nephews and nieces, three aunts, two uncles and some terrific cousins. He has been very fortunate to have such a wonderful family and to have grown up in Alabama, home of the Crimson Tide!

Joe has been pastor of

Eastside Church of the Nazarene in Gastonia, NC since May of 1997. He also worked with the Greater Kansas City and Gaston County YMCAs for 8 ½ years, serving as School-Age Program Director with the East Gaston (now Stowe Family) YMCA in Belmont for 5 years. Since 2003, Joe has been a chaplain with Gaston Memorial Hospital, some weekdays, some nights and one weekend a month. He is also finishing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Carolinas Medical Center this February.

Joe was fortunate to meet Teresa (11/11/66) at Trevecca Nazarene University in 1985. She was born just outside South Charleston, WV, and moved to Gastonia with her parents. She attended Ashbrook High, then headed for Nashville to be a children's pastor (which she does at Eastside). She also works for Curtiss-Wright Flight Systems in Shelby, NC.

He came out in 1988 with a fiancée and a B.A. in Religion. She came out in 1989 to get married (June 17) and go with him to Kansas City, where they both attended Nazarene Theological Seminary. Joe left with an M.Div., and Teresa with a M.R.E.

Teresa worked with Joe at Asheville Church of the Nazarene and Nazarene Christian School there. We left in June of 1994 and came to Gastonia. Teresa worked at Upton's department store, and Joe worked at the YMCA, and with Larry Attig at Eastside. Joe and Teresa were also interim pastors of Forest City Church of the Nazarene from March of 1996 until March of 1997.

A bigger change in 1997 was the arrival of Stephen Andrew Bell (the only "Bell" boy in our family) on September 28. We are very blessed to have a wonderful son (who has his own page!)

In 2000, we added a Cocker Spaniel/ Lab mix named Cubby. She has won over Teresa, who was most unsure but now calls herself the dog's Mommy!

In 2005, Paul DeAngulo came into our lives in a deeper way. Paul, his mother Mary and brother Phillip had been part of our church family, but Mary felt called to go help with the care for her parents in Ohio. Paul stayed with us for the year and a half he needed to finish at Ashbrook High School, and keeps showing up ever since! We are grateful for Paul’s role in our lives, and hope our biological kids turn out as well as our “adopt-a-kid” has!

The final piece of our mixed up puzzle came in 2005 with the birth of Sarah Elizabeth Bell. Born December 13, 2005, she is the best little girl in the world- and we are truly grateful for all the ways God has blessed our family.

 Please feel free to e-mail us: Teresa, Joe, Paul and Stephen
(Cubby and Sarah don’t have e-mail!)

Eastside Church of the Nazarene, Gastonia NC www.EastsideNC.org

Eastside Church of the Nazarene- www.EastsideNC.org

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