For the Rev. Dawn Black, becoming Indiana State’s campus minister is a way to spread more knowledge about Campus Ministries.

“We are a unique ministry,” Black said. “Yes, we are led by our Christian values, but those faith values come from all different places. We have students who come to participate from all different backgrounds from agnostic to interfaith. Everyone is welcome to come to this space.”

Black began working in January after an orientation with former campus minister, the Rev. Sharon Samsell, and was officially installed on Jan. 27. 

Before taking the ISU position, Black was previously the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield. Her husband, the Rev. Andrew Black, is also in the ministry; he is pastor of Unity

Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute. Black received her master of divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 2012, and before moving to Indiana, she served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow, Neb.

While Black brings experience to the position, this is her first time working as a campus minister. “I thought it would take a while for people to warm up to me, but the trust in this institution is already here, which meant there was already some trust in me,” she said. “I love this community so far and the relationships I have already started creating.