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.
Today Northwest University observes Juneteenth together with all freedom-loving Americans. This holiday remembers that the Emancipation of enslaved African Americans took over two years to go into effect. As patriotic Americans, we believe freedom for all and equality under the law must never be deferred. As Christians, we believe the most complete freedom comes from the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
After the very recent extrajudicial killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and others, the needless killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta punctuates the imperative for comprehensive judicial reform in America. Together with hundreds of millions of Americans, we are sick and tired of these killings, and we call on Congress and the White House to take the lead now in ensuring immediate equal justice under law for all Americans, especially African-Americans.
Last week offered the sad but hope-giving experience of attending the memorial service of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I went there to represent the people of Northwest University and to express our solidarity with victims of injustice and our commitment to creating a more beloved community in America. Usually travel entails speaking, but this pilgrimage offered me an opportunity to listen; to shut my mouth for just a little while and listen. And learn.