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Joe Gatlin, director, U.S. Field Operations


Speaking topics:

  • Habitat’s Mission Principles and Spiritual Foundations
  • Building Capacity at the Affiliate Level
  • Neighborhood Revitalization

Travels from:
Waco, Texas


Joe Gatlin has worked in support of Habitat for Humanity’s ministry since 1986. For the first two and one-half years he served as the founding director of Waco Habitat for Humanity. He then joined Habitat for Humanity International and served for many years as a regional director prior to stepping into his current role.

Today, Joe supervises nine organizational development consultants who assist affiliates in increasing their capacity to serve more families. He also oversees the field manager for state support organizations and provides other field support for Habitat for Humanity International’s U.S. office.

For more than 25 years, Joe’s passion for this work and the families Habitat serves has continued to grow. “I am always excited when an affiliate begins to engage its entire community in the joy of Habitat’s mission,” Joe says whenever he is asked about his work. “Habitat not only changes the lives of partner families, it builds stronger neighborhoods and creates new relationships.”

Joe has lived and worked in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois and Waco, serving as the director of a neighborhood-based, low-income housing producer, associate director of an inner-city dispute resolution center, and member, pastor, and founder of several Christian communities.

He has a master’s Degree in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical seminary and a law Degree from Loyola University.