Dr. Celestin Musekura, is the President and Founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.). He is an ordained Baptist minister who was born and raised in Rwanda. He received a Bachelor of Theology at Kenya Highlands Evangelical University in Kenya, a Master of Divinity at the Africa International university (AIU), formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST) in Kenya, a Master of Sacred Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Ph.D. in theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. His doctoral research is on Contemporary Models of Forgiveness. He specializes in communal forgiveness and servant leadership and justice administration.
In addition to his theological studies, Celestin has done more studies in Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Reconciliation at the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia (USA) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (USA). His pastoral and Christian leadership ministries include six years of pastoring in Rwanda and serving in administration with the Association des Eglises Baptistes du Rwanda (AEBR). He served on the international and continental level as the Africa Regional Director for MAP International (Nairobi, Kenya), the Director for MAP-Reconciliation Ministries, and the Associate Director for SIM-Urban Ministries Support Group (Nairobi, Kenya). He co-founded the Sudan Evangelical Alliance (SEA) to help the persecuted churches in the southern Sudan to stand united in their suffering and in their outreach to their nation. Celestin has served as an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Musekura is an international speaker and author. His published works include “The Rwanda Martyrs: A New Definition of Persecution and Martyrdom,” in Sorrow & Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution, and Martyrdom, 251-258, edited by William D. Taylor, Antonia van der Meer, and Reg Reimer (Pasadena, CA: World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, 2012).Célestin Musekura and Andy Alo, eds., Restoring the Beauty and Blessing of Ethnic Diversity: A Training Manual on Ethnicity (Nairobi, Kenya: Africa International University and African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, 2011). L. Gregory Jones and Célestin Musekura, Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Peace (Intervarsity Press, 2010). Célestin Musekura, Assessment of Contemporary Models of Forgiveness (New York: Peter Lang Publishers, Inc., 2010). Célestin Musekura, “Refugee Ministries,” in Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars, edited by Tokunboh Adeyemo (Nairobi, Kenya: Word Alive Publishers, 2006).
Celestin is married to Bernadette and they have four children. They make their home in Dallas, Texas where Celestin serves in the ALARM U.S. office for part of his time while spend the rest of the time in East and Central Africa training leaders in servant leaders and reconciliation and forgiveness.