Artist, author, pastor, entrepreneur, — all these words describe Joe Castillo, and yet none of them adequately encompass his versatile skills or his passion for encouraging others.
A native of Mexico City, Joe grew up surrounded by art and the cosmopolitan culture of an international city. In his teenage years a gospel message presented by a Christian Chalk artist brought him to faith in Christ. Moving to Florida, he attended Ringling School of Art, and graduated from Florida Bible College. Starting his career as a Christian businessman, he founded The Advertising Library, a successful advertising agency in Knoxville, Tennessee. After 20 years in advertising, he returned to school and received a M.A. in Biblical Studies and M. Div. from Asbury Seminary. He pastored a church in Richmond, Kentucky for five years, Executive Director of Christian Hospitality Network for two years, now travels full time speaking and performing world wide.
Joe has continued to nurture his artistic roots. He has also developed a number of “Live Art” presentations that use intricately crafted illustrations to teach Biblical truths as they unfold. The most famous of these is the “Face of Christ” in which a number of illustrations depicting Jesus’ life combine to create a larger illustration of the Savior’s face. His artwork has been sold worldwide and touched the lives of hundreds of people. Stories of the lives impacted by his artwork have been compiled in a book entitled “The Face of Christ”. His latest artistic venture called “Sand Art”, is a live-art presentation performed to music and projected for a stunning visual effect. Joe is an artist, author and storyteller with a passion for promoting the visual arts as a way of touching the heart.
Joe & his wife Cindy have four grown children, six grandchildren and call Atlanta GA, home.