Takoma Park, MD. (January 24, 2019)— Washington Adventist University welcomes Richard Castillo as the new Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Communications effective February 1.
“I believe that Richard Castillo brings communication and marketing skills that will help integrate our departments and schools on campus,” said President Weymouth Spence. “His experience will set us on the right trajectory to the 2030 Vision.”
Before answering the call to full-time ministry as a Media Pastor at Sligo Church, and also previously as the Communication Director at the Oklahoma Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Richard gathered and honed his media knowledge in the corporate and private sectors. Clear Channel Radio (now IHeartRadio) was his training ground for almost a decade, where he expanded his knowledge of public relations, marketing, promotions, sales, large event planning, and web management.
Castillo managed a design and photography business for many years in Fort Smith, AR and Oklahoma City, OK, helping companies and individuals expand their reach through branding and imaging. Castillo has extensive experience as a graphic designer, media production specialist, and even as a drone pilot.
In March 2015 Castillo brought his practical skills, experience, and love for ministry to Sligo Church as their Pastor for Media and Outreach. During the last four years, he has designed multiple websites, updated Sligo Church’s branding, and expanded their social media reach. He has led the Sligo Media Team to expand and improve their streaming broadcast, and has also developed an innovative weekly outreach ministry called “Reset”. His deep love of Jesus Christ and loyalty to the Seventh-day Adventist Church has led Richard to choose to apply his knowledge and experience to enhance the reach and growth of ministry within the church and expand the Kingdom of God.
Washington Adventist University welcomes Richard Castillo’s passion to expand the reach and to spread the message of this institution’s high academic standards and excellence for the Glory of God.
# # #
Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.