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Celucien L. Joseph, PhD

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Dr. Celucien L. Joseph is an intellectual historian, christian theologian, and a public intellectual. Currently, he serves as an Assistant Professor of English at Indian River State College. Previously, he has taught at Palm Beach State College, Tarrant County College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary–South Florida Extension Center. He is the Founder and President of Hope for Today Outreach, a Christian faith-based and non-profit organization located in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He is also the Lead Pastor of Jesus Center Community Church” , located in Port St Lucie, Florida

Dr. Joseph is an educator. As an educator, he is passionate about teaching and enjoys serving people through teaching. He teaches to foster understanding, human growth, and spiritual transformation. As a professor, “I teach to mentor and empower students so that they would be able to cultivate good citizenship and positive human relations and interactions, develop higher aims in life, and successfully attain their life goals and dreams.” His  writings engage culture, the world of ideas, and faith. It is his goal to honor God and glorify Christ through his scholarship. As he has remarked, “I do not see any contradiction for an individual to be a devoted Christian or follower of Christ and produce good and critical scholarship to advance greater knowledge and understanding in one’s academic discipline–i.e. history, philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, mathematics, gender studies, race, political science, etc.– and foster more promising and uplifting human relations and societal progress; however, such scholarship should never divorce (or should not have to divorce) the life of the mind and the life of faith.”

Dr. Joseph received his B.A. from The Baptist College of Florida.  He holds an M.A. in French language and literature from the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY). In addition, he holds an Advanced Master of Divinity (M.Div) in Biblical and Theological Studies, from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) in New Testament, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX). He received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX), where he studied Literary Studies with an emphasis in African American Intellectual History, Caribbean Culture and Literature, and African American Literature. Professor Joseph’s second PhD in Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics is from the University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa).  He has done additional studies in Religious Studies and the Humanities at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Joseph is a prolific writer and has authored seven books including From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (2013), Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, Freedom (University Press of America, 2013), God Loves Haiti: A Short Overview of Hope for Today Outreach (Hope Outreach Productions, 2015), Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity (Hamilton Books, 2016), Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (Lexington Books, 2016), and Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective (Lexington Books, 2016),  Thinking in Public: Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development in Jacques Roumain (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2017). He is currently working on a volume on Jean-Bertrand Aristide, former President of Haiti and Catholic-Priest Liberation Theology entitled Aristide: A Theological and Political Introduction to His Life and Thought (forthcoming in  2018, Fortress Press).

Dr. Joseph also co-edited a two volume work on Haitian Vodou entitled Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (Lexington Books, 2016), and Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective (Lexington Books, 2016). He is currently the editor of a new volume on Jean Price-Mars, Between Two Worlds: Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa, to be published in 2018 by Lexington Books, and another volume on the award winning short fiction Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat (Approaches to Teaching the Work of Edwidge Danticat).

Dr. Joseph currently in the editorial board and Chair of The Journal of Pan African Studies Regional Advisory Board; he also the curator of “Haiti: Then and Now.”  He edited JPAS special issue on Wole Soyinka entitled “Rethinking Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Protracted Engagement” (2015). He reviews manuscripts for various journals and has presented papers at conferences, both nationally and internationally.

To learn more, click on CV Celucien Joseph Scholarly April 2017.

Dr. Joseph and his family live in Fort Pierce, Florida

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About Hope for Today Outreach (HTO)

Hope for Today Outreach is a Christian faith-based and non-profit organization that exists to empower the poor and the needy in Haiti by meeting their material and spiritual needs.

At Hope for Today Outreach, we are committed o living out the Christian faith and demonstrating God’s love by serving the poor and the marginalized, caring for the needy and the orphans, and empowering men, women, and families to break the vicious cycles of physical and spiritual poverty through sound biblical teaching and discipleship, education, literacy training, mentoring and community-building programs, health care support, and family care. We offer opportunity to individuals and empower them to become effective leaders, role models, and agents of transformation in their respective communities.
The love and glory of God revealed in Jesus Christ is the vehicle that motivates us to “remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10), show acts of kindness and compassion, and to walk in solidarity with the hungry, the oppressed, and the disheartened. We help these individuals realize that they are created in God’s image and that they matter to God. By restoring their self-worth and human dignity, Hope for Today Outreach is committed to fostering a life of sustaining hope and holistic development.

To learn more about Hope for Today Outreach and its work in Haiti, click on the designated link below:

Get involved in Hope for Today Outreach ministries!!!

Serving others is an act of love.

Dr. Joseph on a recent trip to Haiti (December, 2015)

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At a Teaching Conference: Haiti, December 2015)

Serving is loving (Haiti Mission Trip, December 2015)

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Prayer-walking : Haiti Mission Trip (March 2016)

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