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.
A mighty wave of anger is on its way to America and its institutions! Buffeted by the rising tide of coronavirus, we can expect successive waves of emotion to keep rolling in over the weeks and months ahead. Having experienced these realities in Kirkland, Washington, where death first reached America’s shores, our local leaders may have a short head start on the process of grief and loss that COVID-19 has set in motion across the world.
There is a leadership folk tale about the Chinese character that means “crisis,” allegedly composed of the two Chinese characters for "danger" and "opportunity." This tale has become so ubiquitous that even some native Chinese speakers believe it. Sometimes wisdom transcends its origin, even if it started with an error. In fact, every crisis includes an opportunity. If the COVID-19 pandemic means, as we hear so many saying now, that we have come to the “end of the world as we have known it,” we will be faced with the awesome privilege of building a new one! I say, “Bring the future on! I’m planning to live there for the rest of my life.”