Our Pastor
Dr. Jon R. Black, Pastor
Our community spends far too much time in worship to be as poor as we are, as sick as we are and to have our families as divided as they are! It is my personal mission to change this reality.

Dr. Black was born in Sumter, SC and is the son of the late Mr. Theodore and Rev. Eliza Black. Grateful to God and his parents for the spiritual foundation he received, Dr. Black was reared in a godly home and nurtured by loving parents. He is also indebted to St. Luke A.M.E. Church of Sumter, SC, which augmented and supported the spiritual instructions he received in the home. After graduation from high school, he continued his education by receiving five earned degrees:

  • Associate in Science Degree from Grossmont College of San Diego, CA;
  • Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, Il;
  • Master of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary of Evanston, Il;
  • Master of Theology Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary of Princeton, NJ; and
  • Doctor of Ministry Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary of Princeton, NJ.

  • Dr. Black is an Itinerant Elder of the A.M.E. Church. His ministry has taken him literally around the world. He is a retired Navy Chaplain, published author, and conference lecturer. He has presented at several national conferences including the University of Texas Pastoral Care Symposium. His last duty station as a chaplain was the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD, affectionately known as the President’s Hospital. There he served as the Protestant Pastor and supervised seven chaplains and eight enlisted people. Many of his patients and parishioners were U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and their families.

Dr. Black has been the pastor of five A.M.E. congregations. On March 11, 2015, he was assigned to Campbell Chapel of Bluffton, SC. Dr. Black is married to the former Donna E. Howell and they have three children. His life theme is based on Galatians 6:9 “be not weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”