Pastor Bud received Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of seven. Growing up in a pastor’s home afforded him many opportunities to be involved in church activities. Some of these activities included attending vacation Bible school, helping at work days, and serving as a youth group leader and a quiz team leader. The summer after high school, he worked at Hartstone Bible Camp. It was while he was there that he felt a call for ministry. That fall, he left for college so he could prepare to become a pastor.
Pastor Bud Haskell graduated from the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music in 1977. He was the youth pastor at Berkley Community Church in Berkley, Michigan from 1977-1982. He then served as the pastor at Tuscola Community Church in Tuscola Michigan for the next five years. In 1987, Pastor Bud and his family moved to Hanford, where he began serving at Kings Community Baptist Church which merged with Fair Oaks Community Church in 1992. The two churches became Grace Bible Church.
Pastor Bud has a heart for missions. He has traveled to Russia with Slavic Gospel Association on many trips for the purpose of teaching Russian pastors at the Strategic Bible Institutes in Orenberg and Kemerovo. Later he served as the Northern California Coalition Leader ministering to Russian pastors in Bashkortostan from 2004-11. In the Fall of 2016 Bud and Bonnie visited Goa, India visiting Sammy and Nicole Williams. They served the church and the Pastors Training Seminary. He also served as an advisory elder at Eastbay Bible Church of Berkeley, CA ending in 2013. He went to Taiwan on a mission trip for EBCB. He serves as the California Church Extension Board Chairman. He has also been an IFCA International member since 1981 and has been actively involved in the Northern California Regional.
Pastor Bud and his wife met in college. They have two married daughters and two great sons-in-law living in the area. Besides being involved in church activities, Pastor Bud and his wife enjoy horseback riding and helping out on a ranch. Pastor Bud also plays the guitar and is an avid sports fan.