St. Davids, PA, February 10, 2017: Palmer Seminary is pleased to announce alumnus Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (Retired) ’82 addressed the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2nd in his role as United States Senate Chaplain. Chaplain Black spoke to the audience about “Making Your Voice Heard in Heaven.” At the breakfast President Donald J. Trump thanked him “for his moving words.” View a video of Chaplain Black’s remarks here:
Held in Washington D.C. this occasion marked the 65th gathering of the National Prayer Breakfast, a morning event attended by every President since President Eisenhower, which is set aside to recognize the importance of faith in American public life and organized in connection with the Christian organization, The Fellowship.
Chaplain Black is a native of Baltimore, MD, and received his Doctor of Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary) in 1982. In addition to studying at Palmer, Chaplain Black holds master’s degrees in divinity, counseling and management, as well as a PhD in Psychology. In 2003, Black was elected 62nd Chaplain of the Senate. As Senate Chaplain, Black’s duties include spiritual care for U.S. Senators, researching theological and biblical questions, teaching Senate Bible study groups and leading the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast.
Prior to joining Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over 27 years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains. He is the author of two books, From the Hood to the Hill: A Story of Overcoming (Thomas Nelson, 2006) and The Blessing of Adversity: Finding Your God-given Purpose in Life’s Troubles (Tyndale, 2011).
Chaplain Black is married to Brenda Black of St. Petersburg, FL. They have three sons, Barry II, Brendan and Bradford.