Friday Jan 31, 2014

Network Like Jesus

Dr. Joseph Castleberry

President of Northwest University Northwest University

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Our speaker today Dr. Joseph Castleberry has been President of Northwest University in Kirkland 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.

His presentation will be “Network Like Jesus”. Jesus of Nazareth was one of the greatest networkers in human history, building a network of billions of friends, associates and partners that has lasted for over 2000 years. Unlike the self-seeking hustlers who have given networking a bad name in some circles, Jesus based his networking on the principle of service above self.  By examining his teachings and practices in relating to people, leaders of any faith or none can maximize the quality and reach of their service and network with a renewed purpose.

About the Speaker

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 serveas 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).