DR. JOHN CASTEELE FOUNDER & FAMILY MAN
Dr. Casteele attended Tacoma Community College and Central Washington University, majoring in Public Health Education. He continued his education by attending Pacific Lutheran University earning a Master’s Degree in Psychology followed by a Doctorate in Ministry and a Doctorate of Philosophy at the Bishop Hardy Academy of Theology, Seattle.
Dr. Casteele specializes in providing the full spectrum of Mental Health services, to include Marriage and Family counseling, individual, Domestic Violence, and chemical Dependency Treatment; working with youth, adults, and many diverse populations in an outpatient counseling and treatment setting. He has exemplary public and human service skills and experience with diverse socioeconomic, multi-ethnic, and cultural backgrounds while coordinating and providing Mental Health Services.
His professional training, licensure, and certifications include Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Chemical Dependency Professional Counselor, Alcohol/Drug Information School Instructor, Certified Domestic Violence Counselor/Supervisor, and Licensed Pastoral Christian Marriage Family Therapist.
Today, he implements policies and procedures and oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency to include fiscal, administrative, and clerical. He is responsible for the continuing development and improvement of patient care and stays familiar and compliant with federal and state governmental codes. He has trained over 12 counselors in various specialty areas of mental health field.
Helping Overcome Personal Emptiness (H.O.P.E.) Victim Advocacy presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication in Domestic Violence and Victims of Domestic Violence.
NAACP/Tacoma Branch he received a lifetime achievement for Mental Health
AACS Counseling & NBAC Awards Ceremony he received a lifetime achievement award for Chemical Dependency
Tacoma/Pierce County Health Dept. Tacoma, WA
He was the Director Public Health Education where he was responsible for allocating funding for program through grant writing and donor drives, represented the Health Department to potential donors, planned, organized, and taught public health classes. He also developed training material for the public and collaborated with other foundations.
Tacoma Public Schools
He planned daily assignments for the following subjects Health Education, English, Remedial and Reading. He also participated as a paraprofessional in the Career Opportunity Program which prepared participants for work in the teaching profession, culminating in a Baccalaureate of Arts (BA) Degree.
Active Duty/United States Army Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOC), as custodian of postal effects of the Army post office, while serving 2 tours of duty in the providence of Vietnam. Highest rank attained during active duty enlistment was Staff Sargent (E-6.)
United States Army Reserve—Portland Ave., Tacoma, WA
Army National Guard—Camp Murray, WA
Family Support Coordinator:
Provided therapeutic support to military families in crisis.
Participated in deployments to areas with few mental health specialists in order to offer counseling support to families with active or reserve soldiers overseas.
Developed protocol for dependent spouses in case of emergency.
Planned and coordinated family activities within.
Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) NCO.
Honorably discharged and retired December 15, 1995.
Highest rank attained was Master Sargent (E8.)
Pastor Casteele accepted his calling into the ministry in 1990 under the leadership of Dr. J.A. Boles, Pastor of St. John Baptist Church, and is the founder and director of the Lamb of God Christian Ministries radio broadcast, aired each Sunday at 9:00pm on KLAY 1180AM located in Lakewood. Reverend Casteele is also the Pastor of the Lamb of God Christian Community Church.