Houston, Texas, Dec. 1, 2022 – Houston Christian University (HCU) is pleased to announce that Rev. Garry Blackmon, senior pastor of Crossway Christian Fellowship, will serve as chair of the HCU Board of Trustees. Blackmon served as a member of the Board from 1999-2008 and from 2017 to the present before being elected as Chair. During his tenure on the board, he has served on HCU’s Finance, Academic Affairs and Spiritual Leadership committees.
“Garry Blackmon is an outstanding Christian leader. He served as chaplain to the Houston Fire Department for many years, he is the longstanding senior pastor of Crossway Christian Fellowship and is one of the most highly regarded ministers in the city of Houston,” said HCU President Robert Sloan. “We are privileged to benefit from Reverend Blackmon’s service as chairman of HCU’s Board of Trustees. Garry was enthusiastically elected by his fellow trustees as a reflection of his leadership, integrity, and commitment to the mission of HCU.”
Rev. Blackmon has been a part of the Houston Christian University family (formerly Houston Baptist University) for nearly 12 years and feels privileged to assume his new role at such a pivotal time in the University’s history.
“After being elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees, I immediately thought about the words of the late Dr. Oliver Jones, ‘All I am I owe, I live forever in the red!’ I’m very humbled and thankful to my fellow trustees for selecting me to serve as chair elect. This was something I never expected but, nonetheless, it is a call to service that I’m honored to accept. I recognized that I get to follow so many remarkable individuals who have served in this role, and I will do my best to live up to the examples they have set before me,” said Rev. Blackmon.
He commends the University for its steadfast commitment to cultivating the study of a biblical worldview in higher education, the stewardship of the scriptures, and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He looks forward to working closely with Dr. Sloan, HCU board of trustee members, the executive staff and academic leaders to uphold these core Christian convictions.
A well-respected leader in the community, Rev. Blackmon has served in a leadership role with Promise Keepers, Inc., worked to rebuild urban communities through “Serve the City,” a non-profit redevelopment project, and ministered in various cities across the country.
A native of Houston, Texas, Rev. Blackmon was ordained in 1985 and aims, through his ministry, to see Christians walk in the blessings of the Lord. He is a dedicated spiritual leader, husband, father of four and humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blackmon will serve as the 2022-23 HCU Board of Trustees Chair, along with Vice Chair, Rev. Ramiro Peña, and Board Secretary, Steve Kerns.
About Houston Christian University
For more than 60 years, Houston Christian University has equipped students to lead, collaborate, and embody a deep sense of spiritual purpose. The University offers a wide range of majors, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, as well as NCAA Division I athletics in the Southland Conference. Located in the heart of one of the nation’s largest metropolitan centers, HCU’s culture of excellence molds the next generation of educated disciples to be pillars in their communities, preparing them to think critically and biblically as they impact the world.