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Grant Castleberry Appointed Executive Director of CBMW

May 20, 2014

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY | The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (CBMW) is delighted to announce that Grant Castleberry has just been named the Executive Director of CBMW. He will fill the role previously held by Dr. Owen Strachan, now the President of CBMW. At 33 and 29 years of age, respectively, Strachan (@ostrachan) and Castleberry (@grcastleberry) form one of evangelicalism’s youngest leadership teams.

Castleberry is no stranger to the role of leader; the word pops up repeatedly in his impressive resume. At Texas A&M University, Castleberry served in the school’s most prestigious elected position as Junior Yell Leader and then Head Yell Leader his senior year (2005-2007). As an officer in the Marine Corps, he served for two years overseas as an Air Traffic Control Marine Mobile Team Leader (2008-2010) and then as a Series Commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina (2010-2011). Upon his successful tour at Parris Island, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and awarded the Navy Achievement Medal by Colonel Charles Western. Following his active duty service in the Marine Corps, he served as Pastoral Assistant at Community Bible Church in Beaufort, South Carolina under Dr. Carl Broggi (2011-2012).

Strachan, President of CBMW, commented on Castleberry’s appointment: “CBMW is at a thrilling place in our organization’s life. In the face of impressive cultural opposition, we have tremendous momentum, surging interest from young evangelicals, and a young, fresh-faced, gospel-captivated staff. Grant Castleberry fits this profile to a tee. Though 29 years of age, he has proven himself several times over as a leader, serving his country, his church, and his family.”

Strachan elaborated on Castleberry’s qualifications for service, noting that “Grant brings to the highly strategic role of Executive Director proven leadership ability, great passion for the Word of God, winsome courage, and an ability, quite simply, to get things done. I could not have asked for a finer man in this role. I can’t wait for him to get started so that, with profound gratitude to God for CBMW’s past, we can push this eminent organization forward into an exhilarating new season of ministry to Christ’s church.”

Castleberry has most recently served as the Student Life Coordinator of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, working closely with Dr. Jeremy Pierre, Dean of Students (2012-2014). Along with his work as Student Life Coordinator, he was also the Editor of the CBMW Men’s Blog, Manual, and then transitioned to the position of Conference Director to plan and execute the 2014 CBMW National Conference this past spring (CBMW’s largest-ever event, drawing nearly 1,500 people). In addition, he also completed the pastoral internship at Kenwood Baptist Church under complementarian leaders Dr. James Hamilton and Dr. Denny Burk. Hamilton said of Castleberry’s appointment that “Grant is a great blessing to our church and a bright young evangelical leader. He is exactly what CBMW needs.”

Castleberry is the author of many blog articles for CBMW as well as Servants of Grace and The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife GraceAnna are also co-authoring a chapter on purity in Good, a forthcoming e-book to be released by CBMW and Desiring God.

CBMW Senior Fellow J. Ligon Duncan III said the following of Castleberry’s appointment: “The good news just keeps coming for CBMW. First, Dr. Owen Strachan becomes our President and now Grant Castleberry steps up to Executive Director! Grant has served as CBMW’s Conference Coordinator (if you attended our recent National Conference you were the beneficiary of his excellent work), and has an unbelievable resume: Texas A&M Yell Leader, Marine Corps officer, Navy Achievement Medal winner, Student Life Coordinator of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Editor of the CBMW Men’s Blog, Manual, and most important of all – husband to the remarkable GraceAnna Castleberry. Semper Fi, Captain Castleberry. It is a privilege to know Grant and a joy to work with him.”

Beyond any other credential, Castleberry is married to GraceAnna and they have two young girls. They are members of Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an M.Div student in the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Texas A&M University (BS in Agricultural Leadership and Development). He enjoys running, reading, and hunting and fishing.

Castleberry is passionate about studying and teaching the Word of God as well as sharing his faith. He has been profiled by mainstream media for his strong character in the face of tragedy. A powerful piece he wrote for CBMW chronicles the lessons he has learned from his deceased father, a Marine fighter pilot.

He will begin full-time work with CBMW in the summer of 2014 and will lead the organization’s “Stand Against the Tide” fundraising campaign, among other initiatives to be announced in coming days.


ABOUT CBMW: The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood is a non-profit organization located in Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1987, it is the world’s largest theological resource center promoting biblical teaching on sexuality and gender. It is internationally known for its capstone work Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (Crossway, 1991) which won a “Best Book” award from Christianity Today and has sold tens of thousands of copies.

CBMW exists to equip the church of the Lord Jesus Christ to celebrate, practice, and defend biblical gender roles, to call men and women to joyfully embrace God’s gospel-shaped design for their lives, and to engage the momentous public square issues of the day with biblical fidelity and winsome courage.

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