William and Barbara DeSue, Pastors
Dr. William B. DeSue, Sr. is the second son of Elder Thomas B. DeSue, Sr. and Sadie M. DeSue (deceased) of Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife Dr. Barbara R. DeSue are founding pastors of the dynamic Increasing Joy Ministries located in
Palmetto, Florida. He received Christ as his personal Savior on July 1, 1979 and was called into the gospel ministry in 1986. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Memorial College in Miami, Florida in 1970, Master of Public
Administration from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida in 1980 and his Doctorate in Theology from International Theological Seminary in Bradenton, Florida in 2005.
Pastor William was a higher education administrator at the University of North Florida until 1991 and was a diversity consultant and instructor for the Institutes of Government for the University of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Edison Community College and Manatee Community College. For twelve years he was the executive director for the Bradenton Housing Authority and co-developer of the Bradenton Village redevelopment a 60 million dollar project that has transformed three local communities.
He and Barbara have three (3) children, William Jr., Wenston (Alicia) and Marjani Jones (Letherio, Sr.), five (5) grandchildren and a ministry of many sons and daughters.
He readily admits that having Christ as personal Savior and Lord is the greatest thing that has happen him and wants everyone with whom meets to know Him as well. In his own words he says:
“We serve a great and merciful God who gave His Son whose blood was given that we might have eternal life. He is the God who keeps promises and cannot lie. He is more than enough to meet the insurmountable in our lives for with Him nothing shall
be impossible. To all the misfits, rejects and ex-cons from whence we've all come, He is able by His Holy Spirit to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or think. Our victory is in Jesus Christ in whom we one day look forward
to hearing Him say WELL DONE!"
Dr. Barbara R. DeSue, the only daughter of Bennie A. Richardson (deceased) and Ruby Fields Richardson of Bradenton, Florida, was born in Bradenton, Florida. She attended elementary school and graduated high school in Manatee County. She and her husband, Dr. William B. DeSue, Sr., are the founding pastors of Increasing Joy Ministries, Inc. located in Palmetto, Florida. Dr. DeSue received Christ as her personal Savior on February 20, 1979 and was ordained a minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in April 1986.
Dr. DeSue received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Florida Memorial College, Miami, Florida in 1970, a Master of Education from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida in 1974 and a Doctorate in Theology from International Theological Seminary Bradenton, Florida in 2005.
She was an educator for thirty years serving as a classroom teacher and an administrator in both Duval and Manatee County Schools. Her impact in the lives of her students is applauded by students and coworkers alike.
She and William have three (3) children, William Jr., Wenston (Alicia) and Marjani Jones (Letherio, Sr.), five (5) grandchildren and a ministry of many sons and daughters.
Dr. Barbara says Christ revolutionized her life. From the moment He saved her and made her new she has dedicated her life to loving Jesus and encouraging others to love Him, as well. She says, “We have seen the faithfulness of a loving Father as He has unfolded His plans and purposes in our lives. It is with gratitude to Him through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that we joyfully continue in His work. We give God all the glory for the things He has and will do in our midst. Our desire is for souls to be saved, saints to stay saved and Jesus to be glorified.”