The Emmaus University Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Guenson Charlot as the next president of Emmaus University ! In the middle of the many great challenges Emmaus, Haiti, and the world are facing, the Emmaus family has seen the Lord’s unwavering faithfulness throughout the search process and through the preparation and provision of Dr. Charlot as the Emmaus University’s next leader.
“I am truly humbled and honored that God has chosen me to be the next President of Emmaus University to continue the work of His Kingdom in Haiti,” says Dr. Charlot. “Emmaus University is one of the few establishments with a strong, unwavering commitment to see sustainable change in Haiti by equipping Christ-like redemptive leaders to serve at every level in Haitian society. It is a privilege for me to be part of an institution that does three critical things” Charlot continues. “First, it enables its servant leaders to influence the influencers of our country. It also works to correct the inaccurate view many Haitians have of Christianity being a colonial religion that is here to exploit, enslave, and destroy Afro-Haitian identity, dignity, and culture. Finally, it strengthens discipleship within the Church, which is the only way the Gospel can meaningfully influence the worldview and belief system of our people.”
Dr. Brent Sleasman, Chair of the Emmaus Board of Trustees and president of Winebrenner Theological Seminary, says “On behalf of the Emmaus University Board of Trustees, I am excited to welcome Dr. Guenson Charlot to the role of President. It is clear that the Holy Spirit is at work! The Board is unanimous in our support of Dr. Charlot and we are looking forward to fulfilling the mission of Emmaus as we move forward together.”
“Having known and ministered alongside of Dr. Charlot for more than 10 years,” says outgoing Emmaus president Dr. Matt Ayars, “I have no doubt that he is the man for this job, and precisely at this time. Guenson’s anointing for leadership has been proven again and again through his capable and Spirit-filled guidance at Discipleship Church and at Emmaus over the years.”
“The combination of Dr. Charlot’s love for the Lord, excellence in the classroom, proven organizational leadership, and informed cultural engagement will serve him, and the Emmaus family, well,” Dr. Ayars continues. “God has done a tremendous work over the past decade at Emmaus, and I believe the best is yet to come!”
Dr. Charlot earned his Diploma in Theology from Caribbean Wesleyan College in Jamaica, his MDiv from Wesley Biblical Seminary in Mississippi (where Dr. Ayars is now president), and his DMin in 2019 from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.
He is married to Mrs. Claudia Charlot of Jamaica, and together they planted (2012) and minister at Discipleship Evangelical Church in Cap-Haitien, a vibrant congregation of new and life-long believers growing in their faith. He has also taught courses such as Biblical Preaching, Theology, and New Testament Studies at Caribbean Wesleyan College (Jamaica) and at Emmaus University. In addition, Dr. Charlot is the National Coordinator for Langham Preaching in Haiti, the Haiti Field Director for International Fellowship of Bible Churches, and contributed to translating and recording the Jesus Film in Haitian Creole.
Emmaus University exists to equip Christ-like redemptive leaders for the transformation of Haiti, the Caribbean, and beyond. We do this through higher education rooted in Christian orthodoxy in response to the theological needs of the global church in the developing world. EU is committed to making disciples, church planters, and transformative leaders as well as academic rigor and a world-class education.
Join us in lifting up Emmaus and the Charlots during this time of transition! Let us carry on faithful, together.