"Source Of Wisdom"
Reverend Troy Bradley is a native of DeLand, FL and is the fifth of six children born to the late Deacon William and Deaconess Eugenia Bradley. His Christian nurturing began at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Helen, FL under the leadership of Reverend John McMillon.
Reverend Bradley is married to Crystal Bradley and they have been married for 36 years. They are the proud parents of two children, Dr. Monét Bradley and Troy Bradley Jr. Reverend Bradley is a graduate of DeLand High School’s class of 1982 and the American Computer Institute of Daytona Beach, FL. He also received a diploma of Practical Theology from the International Seminary, a diploma of Christian History from Newburgh Theological Seminary and College of the Bible. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Higher Dimension Christian College and his Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College.
He was ordained as a deacon under the leadership of Reverend Henry L. Bradley Jr., at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in DeLeon Springs, FL. After answering his call to preach, he returned to St. Paul Missionary Baptist church in Lake Helen, FL under the tutelage of Reverend John McMillon where he remained until he was called to Pastor the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in DeLand.
In March 1998, Reverend Bradley came to Greater Union First Baptist Church as Interim Pastor, pledging to help them through the transition and task of calling a Pastor. After a year and much prayer, Reverend Bradley was called to Pastoral Leadership on Monday, April 19, 1999.
Reverend Bradley has a love for family, music, sports and fishing. Being raised in a musical family, he was around 5 years old when he started singing. He began playing the piano and clarinet at the age of 12. This would lead to him being involved in numerous choirs around the community. One of his fondest memories was traveling all over Florida with the University of Central Florida Gospel Choir. He also played sports ranging from soccer, baseball, basketball and football. He followed in the footsteps of his older brothers.
He retired in 2021 after working for the Volusia County School District for over 30 years. Still to this day, whenever he runs into former students, they recall how fun and loving he was. Reverend Bradley was a source of wisdom and love for many roaming the halls of the schools. He now enjoys spending time on the fish creek.