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Rev. Blackburn to serve as visiting pastor

September 29, 2014
By cnp
Posted in Presbyterian

The Rev. Phillip Blackburn of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, Ark., will visit University of the Ozarks during the week of Oct. 20 as part of the University's Pastoral Study Leave Program.

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The Rev. Phillip Blackburn of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, Ark., will visit Ozarks on the week of Oct. 20 as a visiting pastor in the U of O Pastoral Study Leave Program.

As part of his visit, Rev. Blackburn will lead the University’s weekly Chapel Service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Munger-Wilson Chapel.

Rev. Blackburn is co-pastor with his wife, the Rev. Tasha Blackburn, at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith.

A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., Blackburn graduated from the University of Kansas in 1997 and from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2001.  Following his graduation, he moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Edinburgh.  He has served in ministry in Indianapolis, Ind.; Lincoln, Ill.; and Fort Smith.  He and Tasha have been married since 2001 and they have two children, Calum and Alena.  He enjoys sports, reading, chess and tennis. 

The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., a long-time member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Struthers established the program to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Blackburn is the 18th visiting pastor to take part in the program.