APU Welcomes U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black

by Brittany Robinson '08 and Michelle Park '08

To close Azusa Pacific University's annual Justice Week, students, faculty, and staff had the privilege of welcoming the United States Senate Chaplain, Rear Admiral Barry C. Black.

Chaplain Black, who is the 62nd Chaplain of the Senate and the first African American to hold the position, spent all day Saturday, February 2, with the APU community.

He began the morning with a prayer and breakfast with local pastors. Later, a lunch was held in the Los Angeles Pacific College Board Room for students, faculty, and staff. During the luncheon, Black talked about his humble beginnings and how his God-given determination led him through school, Naval service, and eventually to the Senate Chaplain position. 

The day ended with a special worship service featuring a sermon by Black, scripture readings from local pastors, and performances from APU Men's Chorale. His message challenged audience members to live their lives on God's timetable, let their lives be ruled by love, to know that they will face persecution, and learn how to resist the devil.

Junior Mary Suneetha commented on Black's sermon, saying, "I was blessed by Chaplain Black's words about success in God's kingdom and how we need to be prepared to handle circumstances that are not in our plans, but God's plan."