Chaplain Rev. Timothy Blackmon
In July 2015, Rev. Timothy Blackmon joined Wheaton as our sixth chaplain.
Rev. Blackmon came to us from his position as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at The American Protestant Church of The Hague, the Netherlands. In that role, he led an expatriate congregation of people from 55 countries and an equal number of denominations. Rev. Blackmon has been ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in North America since 1995.
Prior to his ministry at The American Protestant Church of the Hague, Rev. Blackmon served as the Founding and Senior Pastor of River Rock Church in Folsom, California. He is a frequent camp, retreat and conference speaker. Rev. Blackmon is also a dynamic worship leader and gifted keyboard player. He has been involved in youth ministry and continues to mentor seminary interns and pastoral candidates.
Rev. Blackmon grew up in the Netherlands with an African-American father and a Dutch mother. In 2008 he returned to the Netherlands, to serve the church where his father had been the music director for more than 40 years. Rev. Blackmon's childhood revolved around the family's involvement at APCH and at the age of 17 he sensed his call to ministry there.
Rev. Blackmon is a gifted writer and voracious reader. He has been an avid basketball player and coached a boys' high school basketball team. Recently he has also resumed playing competitive tennis. Rev. Blackmon holds a Diploma in Bible and Theology from the European Bible Institute in Lamorlaye, France, and an M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French.
"When I was a college student, I was eyewitness to Wheaton alumni who embodied the Wheaton Way," Rev. Blackmon says. "Ever since, I have associated Wheaton with a vibrant love for Jesus, disciplined intellectual engagement and faithful service. Last summer, when I providentially stumbled across the Wheaton chaplain vacancy, I sensed an irresistible call to explore this further. After a substantial process of prayerful discernment, I was humbled to receive and accept the invitation to become Wheaton's sixth chaplain. I pray God will continue to use Wheaton to help shape students who rely on Christ alone and whose passions and desires are aimed at the kingdom of God."