Pastor Bob Hassel came to Faith Baptist Church of Champaign in 1986. At that time, he was called to serve as assistant pastor. After four and a half years of serving in this capacity, the senior pastor moved away and Pastor Hassel served as interim pastor for about six months. During this time of looking for a senior pastor, the Lord seemed to be leading the church to consider Pastor Hassel. In April of 1991, Faith Baptist Church extended the call for Pastor Hassel to become the senior pastor. After praying and seeking the Lord for two weeks, he accepted the call and has been serving faithfully in this position since that time.
He has been married to his wife, Lynn, for 30 years and has 4 children: Rebekah, Josh, Jonathan, and Joel.
Pastor Hassel attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in English Bible and a Master of Science in English Bible two years later.