Our Shepherd

Bishop Duane C. Tisdale

Bishop Duane C. Tisdale was born on April 22, 1958, to Pastor Clyde E. and Thelma M. (Perry) Tisdale. He is the fourteenth child of his parents. The Tisdale family resided in Rossford, Ohio, where he attended and graduated from the Rossford Public School System. On November 7, 1987 Bishop Duane Tisdale married his wife Thelma. He and Thelma celebrate 26 years of marriage. They also have five children LaTonya, Jerel, Samuel, Joshua and Sara.

In November of 1969 he confessed his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. His confession and baptism happened under the Pastorate of his father, Clyde E. Tisdale, Sr. Pastor Clyde E. Tisdale was the Pastor of the family church in Rossford from October 1958 until October of 1988. During this time foundational Christian principles where instilled in him from childhood well into his young adult years.

Bishop Duane Tisdale confessed his call to the ministry at age fifteen (15) in June 1973. On August 12, 1973 he was licensed to preach the Gospel through his home church, Rossford First Baptist. On January 4, 1978 at the age of nineteen, he became an ordained minister of the Gospel. From December of 1980 until 1985 Bishop Tisdale served as Assistant Pastor of the Rossford First Baptist Church.

On September 12, 1985 Bishop Tisdale was elected to the position of Assistant Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, later in November of the same year, he was appointed as Interim Pastor. On December 9, 1986, he became the Senior Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, where he presently serves.

Bishop Tisdale's leadership, preaching and teaching gave birth to a new concept of ministry for the congregation of Friendship Baptist Church. As a result, Friendship Baptist Church adopted this new concept, entitled "New Vision" as its church vision. "New Vision" embraces the spiritual/mental, physical, economical and social dimensions of our total being, therefore emphasizing "Ministering to the Total Person." Through "New Vision" Friendship Baptist Church integrates a holistic ministry in all areas that affect man, his family, and his worship.

Bishop Tisdale serves, as the Visionary for "The Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union", which opened its doors July 21, 1996 as a result of the New Vision inspiration. Bishop Tisdale also serves as the CEO of Friendship New Vision, of the Church. The outreach ministry has a Drug and Alcohol Out-Patient Treatment Ministry named New Concepts; Transitional House for Women named NAOMI; Residential Housing Program; Tutorial Programs, Teen's program, and Welfare to Work Program. Bishop Tisdale, as a Regional Sales Manager for Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing, has introduced a means for individuals to have economic empowerment and financial freedom through Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing for his congregation as well.

Bishop Tisdale became affiliated with Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship International in 1995 and he is a student in the Full Gospel Graduate School of Episcopal Studies. Since then he has served on the national level in the Pastor's Division on the Advisory Board under Bishop H. Jerome Ross. On the district level he served as the Northern District Overseer in the State of Ohio. On the state level, he served as the First Administrative Assistant to State Bishop William Morris. Presently he serves as Bishop of the State of Ohio.

Bishop Tisdale received his Bachelor in Religious Education from the Calvary Bible Institute, Toledo, Ohio in 1981. He went on to attain a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio in 1994. Bishop Tisdale completed his Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Black Church Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio in June 2011. In June 2010 Bishop received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian College.