Dr. Joseph Castleberry has been President of Northwest University since August 2007. A native of Alabama, he came to the Pacific Northwest after a transcultural career that took him and his family to New Jersey, New York City, Texas, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Missouri before his soft landing on the banks of Lake Washington.
Sensing a dual call early in life to church ministry and higher education, Dr. Castleberry began professional ministry as a youth pastor in Princeton, N.J. For three years he was the Assemblies of God Chaplain at Princeton University before beginning 20 years of missionary service in Latin America. After three years as a university professor and pastor in El Salvador Central America, he became Associate Dean for Latin America at Global University in Texas. He later went on to serve as a pastor, seminary dean, and community development leader in Ecuador. Returning to the United States in 2002, he was Academic Dean of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary until his election as President at NU.
Dr. Castleberry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Evangel University in 1983, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1988, and a Doctor of Education degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University in 1999. He has pursued additional studies at Instituto de Lengua Espanola (Costa Rica), Missouri State University, Auburn Theological Seminary, Indiana University, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education (New Presidents Seminar).
Dr. Castleberry enjoys writing, and his first popular book, Your Deepest Dream, was released from NavPress in June 2012. Scholarly publications include articles in Rev. Magazine, Enrichment, Encounter, The Encyclopedia of Protestantism, The Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, and Pneuma. He has also written two New Testament Greek self-study textbooks (Global University Press) and a chapter in The Spiritual Gifts in a Postmodern Age. He frequently presents missiological research papers at Society for Pentecostal Studies meetings.
Dr. Castleberry and his wife Kathleen have three daughters, Jessica, Jodie, and Sophie.