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.
At the President's Banquet this year, I told the story of how, on November 27 at the Vanguard University Soccer complex in Costa Mesa, California, I had one of the greatest moments I have experienced as President of Northwest University. As our Sports Information office reported, "The women's teams from NU and Vanguard remained scoreless throughout regulation, with Northwest's goalkeeper Kat Sanchez having to save only two shots. Northwest put three shots on goal in regulation, and finally found their winning goal in the fourth minute of extra time when a pass from Jaclyn Metz allowed Makenna Wheeler to put in the golden goal." Immediately after we scored, I rushed to the field to be with the victors, just in time to hear Kat cry out, "We really worshipped God today!"
The book of Acts represents the quintessential biblical guide to evangelism and mission, with Acts 1:8 serving as the preview of the book's tracing of the advance of the gospel from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and to the ends of the earth. One of the theories that scholars and other interpreters have proposed for the author's purpose imagines Luke–Acts as an amicus curiae brief for Paul's trial in Rome.1 Written to an otherwise unknown "most excellent Theophilus," (Luke 1:3) who attorney and author John Mauck theorizes to have been Paul's lawyer, the introduction to Luke offers such legal terminology as "eyewitnesses," "account," and "carefully investigated." The books are considerably pro-Roman, showing the Roman authorities and soldiers as never attacking Christians unless provoked by provincial religious leaders, and were even depicted as supporting Jesus and Paul.
The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities recently had the privilege of hearing Arthur C. Brooks, a conservative columnist and author of the forthcoming book, Love your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt. As a Christian and an ardent capitalist, Brooks reminded us that Jesus requires more than mere tolerance or respect for those we see as our enemies: He enjoins us to love them—thereby offering a path to national unity in the midst of our severe divisions.