United Campus Ministries reception for Campus Minister Dawn Black

United Campus Ministries reception for Campus Minister Dawn Black

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United Campus Ministries, 321 N. Seventh St.




(812) 234-0106


The Rev. Dawn Black will be formally installed as campus minister at United Campus Ministries during an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 27) at the UCM building, 321 N. Seventh St. The community is invited to attend the installation service and reception afterward where guests can greet Black and enjoy refreshments. She assumed the job this month after an orientation with the previous campus minister, the Rev. Sharon Samsell, in December.

Black was previously the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield. Her husband, the Rev. Andrew Black, is pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute. They have three children. Dawn Black received her master of divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 2012, after earning a bachelor's degree from Northern Kentucky University in 2007. Before coming to Indiana, she served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow, Neb., for two years.

As a campus minister, Black counsels students leads the Tough Questions of Faith & Life's discussions at noon Thursdays and helps facilitate weekly Table Talks activities on Wednesday evenings. She also works with student food pantry coordinator Jeurod Eaton in overseeing the pantry. College is a time when young adults are being challenged, pushed and pulled in multiple directions, Black noted when applying for the position. They are trying to figure out who they are, and whose they are for themselves.

 She said she hopes to be a supporting and encouraging presence, a theological sounding board and the one to help push the boundaries of theological understanding and faith development for students on campus. United Campus Ministries is an ecumenical ministry serving students at Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Ivy Tech. It is supported by many congregations throughout the Wabash Valley. Samsell, who had been campus minister for four years, left UCM to spend more hours in chaplaincy at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Ind., which is closer to her home. In her parting report to the board, Samsell said she cherished her time at UCM and all the gifted people with whom she shared the ministry.