Office of the President
Dr. Joseph Castleberry
Ed.D Columbia University, 1999
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, 1988
B.A. Evangel University, 1983
University of North Alabama, 1979
President Joseph Castleberry, Northwest University's 6th president, was elected in 2007. Prior to that he was the Academic Dean of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and served as a missionary to Latin America for 20 years.
Each year at Northwest University we host a couple of days of New Student Orientation at the beginning of the academic year—perhaps the most exciting days of the year! Students and their parents tend to rave about the experience, as they plunge delightedly into life at a Christ-centered university.
Changes are inevitable. Some things never change. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr refers to that reality in his famous Serenity Prayer in its petition that God would grant “the serenity to change the things I can, accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.” That particular serenity comes in mighty handy to leaders who face the challenge of generating change in their institutions.
I recently visited a community where my ancestors lived from 1845 until the 1930s. Nothing is left of the community except a white clapboard Baptist church and its cemetery—where four generations of my family lie buried.