Chaplain Timothy Blackmon
Rev. Timothy Blackmon grew up in The Hague, Netherlands, the second of three sons born to an African-American father and Dutch mother. Much of his childhood revolved around the family's involvement at The American Protestant Church of The Hague (APCH), where, at the age of 17, he first sensed his call to ministry.
While pursuing a Bible and Theology degree at the European Bible Institute in Lamorlaye, France, Rev. Blackmon benefited from the teaching and mentoring of many Wheaton alumni and their families - including Dr. Margaret (Cording) Petty '70 and husband Rev. Thomas Petty, Rev. Kenneth 'Kenny' Dodd '77, M.A. '84 and his wife Mrs. Cathy (Anderson) Dodd '84, and Dr. Stephen Johnston '76 and his wife Ms. Joy (Darling) Johnston '79. Through their influence a seed was planted in his life, as he found himself drawn to their intellectual rigor, spiritual vitality and personal warmth.
Rev. Blackmon initially moved to the United States to attend Calvin Theological Seminary, where he met his wife Betsy. After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree, he was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in North America in 1995. From seminary, the Blackmons moved to California, where Rev. Blackmon served in church plants in Moreno Valley in San Bernardino-Riverside, and Folsom in Sacramento County.
In 2008, the growing Blackmon family returned to the Netherlands to The American Protestant Church of The Hague, for Rev. Blackmon to serve the church where his father had been the Music Director for more than 40 years. As the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, Rev. Blackmon led an expatriate congregation of people from 55 countries, and an equal number of denominations. In 2015, the Blackmons returned to the States, for Rev. Blackmon to become the sixth Chaplain of Wheaton College.
Chaplain Blackmon is fluent in Dutch, English and French. While he continues to be a frequent camp, retreat, and conference speaker in his spare time, the College community has benefited from the overflow of his gifts as a dynamic speaker and worship leader, a skilled keyboard player, a thoughtful, adept writer (with excellent penmanship and pens) and a voracious reader.
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