United Church of Christ
Our Pastor ... Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Reverend Blackmon served in various capacities of ministry for nine years, prior to becoming the 18th installed and 1st woman pastor in the 156 year history of Christ The King United Church of Christ. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Birmingham-Southern College (1985) and a Master of Divinity degree (2009), with a coursework emphasis in Womanist Liberation Theology, from Eden Theological Seminary.
Prior to entering seminary, Rev. Blackmon served as pastor of Simpson Chapel AME Church in Columbia, Missouri for two years. In addition, she is the founder of the Sista SOS Summit, an intergenerational symposium designed to assist women toward spiritual and sexual wholeness. Rev. Blackmon is also the co-founder of "When Women Gather...," a monthly ecumenical gathering committed to facilitating the spiritual growth and development of women by studying the Word of GOD through the unique lens that is womanhood.
As a licensed Registered Nurse with over 25 years experience in health care, Reverend Blackmon has served the community in a variety of professional positions as well. Currently, she is employed as the Coordinator of faith-based initiatives for BJC HealthCare and as a senior consultant with The Praxis Group, LLC. Reverend Blackmon has created and facilitated capacity building workshops on such complicated issues as racism; sexism; heterosexism; classism; interfaith dialogue; congregational grief and domestic violence.
Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis, and her board experiences include: St. Louis Effort for AIDS; The Kidney Foundation; St. Louis Minority Business Council; Planned Parenthood St. Louis; Magdalene House St. Louis; and The St. Louis Black Rep. Reverend Blackmon also served as student chaplain for Lydia's House, a transitional shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Reverend Blackmon treasures most the privilege of being mother to three wonderful young adults: Kortni; Harold II; and Tyler Blackmon and a servant of God and God's people.