Jeremiah Castille, born to Joseph and Mary Castille in Columbus, Georgia is the 8th of 9 children. Growing up with older siblings gave Jeremiah the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and gave him the ability to recognize how to make the right decisions with his life at a very early age. Jeremiah also credits his good decision making with his choice to attend a Catholic school for his early education.
In the second grade, Jeremiah told his teacher, Sister Veronica, that his dream was to be a professional football player. Even at an early age, Jeremiah knew focusing on that dream helped him to continue to make the right decisions about his life so that dream could become a reality. By the time Jeremiah was in high school, he had made the most important decision of his life, to put his trust in Jesus as his Savior.
In 1979, Jeremiah received a football scholarship to the University of Alabama. God used the mentorship of Coach Bryant to help him grow from being an 18-year-old boy into a 22-year-old young man. Coach Bryant who instilled courage, discipline, vision, leadership, character, class and humility in midst of success tremendously impacted his life. In the 1983 NFL Draft, Jeremiah was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the dream he had shared with Sister Veronica had come true. Jeremiah’s first year in the NFL allowed him to go back to the University of Alabama and finish his undergraduate degree in Broadcast Communications.
1983 proved to be a great year for Jeremiah. His dream of being a professional football player had come true, and even better, he married his high school sweetheart, Lori Jean Flakes. They soon began growing their family and today are the proud parents of three boys and three girls, Timothy, Simeon, Leah, Rachel, Caleb and Danielle and five grandchildren. All six of the Castille children have followed in their father’s footsteps and have attended the University of Alabama.
Jeremiah says that when he looks back on his life, he can see how God prepared him for the ministry work he does today. He knows that God used his mother and Coach Bryant to influence his life to help his fellow man. Both his mother and Coach Bryant taught him about giving to others.
Jeremiah ministered to the players during his four years at Tampa Bay and two years at the Denver Broncos. He always saw football as a means to witness to his teammates. While Jeremiah loved football, he loved God more and after six years in the NFL, God called him out of the game. Because of his love for God Jeremiah was able to walk away from something he loved and dreamed of since the second grade with no regrets. In 1995, Jeremiah moved to Birmingham to coach and teach at Briarwood Christian High School. The experience God gave him coaching and teaching helped prepare him for his ongoing ministry.
In 1999, Jeremiah was ordained as a minister at The Church at Brook Hills and he and Jean founded Jeremiah Castille Foundation with Isaiah 61:1-4 as the foundational scripture. In 2001, Jeremiah became the chaplain for the University of Alabama football team and continues to serve in that capacity today. Jeremiah feels privileged and honored to serve the team and coaches at his alma mater, and where the dreams of a second grader came to fruition.
Book: The Bible
Movie: Passion of the Christ
Song: Amazing Grace
Time of Day: Morning
Place in the World: Israel
Place to Pray: My bedroom
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Tennis, running, lifting weights and golf
Scripture: Romans 1:16
Sports Team: University of Alabama football
Sport: To Play: Football and tennis with Jean
To Watch: Miami Heat basketball
Birthday: January 15, 1961
Where were you born? GA
Where do you live now? AL
Best Thing Someone Said to You: “If you’re going to make it in the world you have to learn how to take things in life.” (Spoken to me by my father when I was a teenager)
Life Motto: “Love God and Love People”
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Jesus, Moses and Apostle Paul
My Heroes: Joseph Castille, my father, Paul W. Bryant and Jesus Christ
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Seeing the birth of my children
Most People Don’t Know This About Me: I am a really shy person.
Jeremiah’s Story: An Intimate View
What We BelieveOUR DOCTRINAL BELIEFS Accepting the Bible to be the very Word of God to man through men, and understanding the importance of knowing and obeying its truths, Jeremiah Castille Foundation is committed to study and serve with diligence and authority. We strongly seek to teach the scriptures to people that they may know God and serve Him. Doctrine is of upmost importance to the foundation. This outline presents an overview of major theological truths of the Bible by which we live and serve. We believe these to be the primary doctrines of the Christian faith and reflect the beliefs of the foundation. I. THE SCRIPTURES We believe the entire Bible, all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and are inerrant in the original writings. Through the providence of God, the Word of God has been protected and preserved, and is the only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). II. GOD We believe that there is only one true, living sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. He exists in three co-equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each being a distinct person and with a distinct function, but all of one essence and all possessing the same nature, perfection, and attributes. The triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence, and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31). III. JESUS CHRIST We believe that Jesus Christ is God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, shed His blood on the cross as a vicarious substitute, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power (John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 1:11). IV. THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, co-equal and co-existent with the Father and the Son. He is the chief convictor of sin, the chief agent of regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and empowers every believer to live a godly life. Through His gift of the Holy Spirit, God graces every believer with spiritual gifts, which are graciously bestowed upon every believer at salvation to enable him to perform a function effectively within the church, the Body of Christ. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5; Eph. 4:11-16). V. MANKIND We believe that in the beginning God created mankind in His image, and is not in any sense the product of evolution. Mankind was originally created with the ability to live perfectly for God’s glory (Genesis 1:17, 31). VI. SIN We believe that Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind; therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to live for the glory of God. Mankind’s fall has incurred both physical and spiritual death on all until there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23). VII. SALVATION We believe that the salvation of lost and sinful mankind is a free gift of God’s grace apart from human works, based solely upon Christ’s vicarious and atoning death, effected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and received only through faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. In addition, we believe that God is sovereign in salvation. He not only desires that all be saved, but He also knows who will be saved. The Bible teaches there is an election of individuals to salvation. Reconciling the biblical doctrines of God’s election and man’s responsibility may be humanly impossible. Somehow God’s sovereign election and a person’s responsibility to have faith are both required in the salvation of an individual. Since God’s Word clearly teaches both, we must somehow accept that tension (Ephesians 1:4; 2:8-10; Romans 8:28-30; 10:9-10, 13; 2 Peter 3:9). VIII. ELECTION We believe that election assures that those chosen will be saved, but it alone does not save them. People are saved through faith in the substitutionary death of Christ. Their election and personal faith are both necessary in the salvation of an individual. Individuals must take responsibility to repent and trust Christ to be saved (Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:2; Romans 10:9-10, 13). IX. ETERNAL SECURITY We believe that since God gives us eternal life through Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation forever. Our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the efforts of the believer (John 10:29-30; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 5:11-13). X. THE CHURCH We believe that the church is the body of Christ and the family of God. It is made up of saved and baptized believers, who regularly join together on the Lord’s Day for worship, fellowship, and ministry (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25). XI. EVANGELISM We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek to make growing disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). XII. THE HOME In addition to these important beliefs, we also believe that God has given the parents and the home the responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6). We believe that a consistent and whole education will occur when home, church, and school work closely together and are in agreement on the basic concepts of life. XIII. ETERNITY We believe that man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally with God is heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15). XIV. BAPTISM AND LORD’S SUPPER We believe Jesus instructed His followers to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols (called “ordinances”) as reminders. These two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither of these ordinances contains any saving grace. Baptism by immersion is a one-time act of obedient identification with Jesus as Lord. It serves as an outward sign of conscious confession of repentance and faith. The Lord’s Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord’s death, burial, resurrection, and promised return (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).