African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.)
Dr. Musekura is an ordained Baptist minister who was born and raised in Rwanda. Dr. Musekura is the Founder of the African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) and also served as its President and CEO from inception to his retirement in March 2020.
He received a Bachelor of Theology at Kenya Highlands Bible College, a Master of Divinity at Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya, Master of Sacred Theology, at Dallas Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership at University of Texas at Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. His doctoral work is on the Assessment of Contemporary Models of Forgiveness and he specializes in Communal Forgiveness and tribal reconciliation.
In addition to his theological studies, Celestin has done intensive 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 Medical Assistance Program International, known as 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) in to unite the evangelical and persecuted churches in the southern Sudan for evangelism, church planting, and social transformation of the Sudan community. On the international level, Celestin served as the Co-chairperson of the 2004 Forum on World Evangelization’s Racial and Tribal Reconciliation Issue Group and served as a member of the leadership team for the Third Lausanne Congress’s Reconciliation Dialog in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2010.
Since the inception of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Initiatives (WEAPRI), Celestin has been serving as a member of its Executive Committee. In the academic world, Dr. Musekura has served as an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Criswell College in Dallas, Texas respectively.
Celestin is an international speaker and author in areas of leadership, peacebuilding, biblical forgiveness and Reconciliation. In addition to co-writing most of the training manuals used by ALARM in areas of leadership development, peacebuilding, Biblical forgiveness and Reconciliation, Celestin’s published work include:
- “An Identity of Forgiveness in Colossians: A new Way of Being,” in The Self Examined: Christian Perspectives on Human Dignity,57-72, edited by Jenny McGill, (Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press, 2018).
- “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 A. 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).
- Gregory Jones, 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: WordAlive Publishers, 2006).
- Célestin Musekura, and Faustin Ntamushobora, Mentoring: A Remedy for the Leadership Crisis in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya: Starbright Services Ltd, 2004)
- Célestin Musekura, “Remedy for the Leadership Crisis in Africa” in South Africa handbook on Mentoring: Developing Transformational Leaders (Weltevreden Park, South Africa: Africa Ministry Resources and The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa, 2004).
Dr. Musekura is married to Bernadette and they have four children and one grandchild. They make their home in Dallas, Texas and splits his time between the US office and east Africa training leaders in biblical literacy, theology, servant leaderships, conflict management, peacebuilding, biblical justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.