Rev./Dr. Joseph Gaston, author, coach, mentor, church consultant, and revival
Preacher is the founder and CEO of Institute of Ministry and Leadership Development
(IMLD). He is a graduate of State University of Laws and Economics, Haiti (B.S.),
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A.C.E), and (Ph.D.) (the first Haitian Ph.D.
graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky).
Dr. Gaston has received several certifications as board Certified Coach, Facilitator, and
Church Consultant, through Global Leadership Services, WILDWORKS, CoachNet
International Ministries, Next Level Leadership Network, and Transformational Church
Dr. Gaston is currently the President of the Haitian Baptist Fellowship, SBC, and serves
as a Board Member of the Multi-Ethnic Advisory Council of the Southern Baptist
Convention, Executive Committee.
Prior to starting IMLD, Dr. Gaston was the church development Director at the Florida
Baptist Convention (2002-2015), providing leadership to over 364 churches. Joseph is
also an ordained Baptist minister and has served previously both in academic and in
church related ministry at all level, such as Seminary Professor, Church Consultant,
Senior Pastor, Interim Pastor, Family Pastor, Youth Pastor, Minister of education, and
Minister of Music. For over 4 decades, His ministry extends throughout USA, Canada,
Europe, and Haiti.
Dr. Gaston is an acknowledged Christian leader in collaborative work and systemic
approach to ministry. He has extensive experience helping individuals and churches in
managing interpersonal and intergroup conflict; in developing their God-given gifts and
skills for effective ministry, in creating collaborative processes for strategic planning; in
facilitating staff team development; and providing individual and team leadership
Because of his extensive work in Haiti as Christian educator and leader, the Union of
Private Universities of Haiti granted him with an award of Doctor es Science in
Education, (Honoris causa) for excellence in Christian education and leadership ( August 2015).
Dr. Gaston became a Christian through a youth Crusade in his native Haiti (1973) while
finishing HS. Pastor Gaston and his wife, Marie, have four children, five grandchildren,
and have been married for 36 years.
Above all, he is a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, using his God-given spiritual gifts to
equip, empower, and encourage all church leaders. He has an unwavering passion to
nurture the next generation of church leaders.