Rev. Dennis L. Blackwell
Visionary leadership that focuses on liberating and empowering African-American churches and communities and his unwavering dedication to transform lives through biblical teaching and preaching are the hallmarks of The Reverend Dennis L. Blackwell’s ministry.
For the past 25 years Rev. Blackwell has been the Lead Pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church. Under his forward thinking direction he has implemented innovative paradigms and strategic plans that resulted in an evangelistic intensive, prayer and stewardship focused culture. In 2000, the church’s commitment to ministry excellence was affirmed when it was designated as a Congregational Resource Center for the Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century. This distinction enables Rev. Blackwell to provide leadership training and development that impacts the ministry of African-American churches throughout the connectional church.
Rev. Blackwell’s ministry extends beyond the local church, and includes previous service on the Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, Annual Conference Lay Speaker Instructor, Daniel Hullit Camp Director for Inner City Youth, Member of the Advisory Board for Camden County Correctional Facilities and Bible Study Instructor for the Philadelphia Eagles’ professional football team. Presently he continues to serve on the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference Committee on Episcopacy, Board of Directors of United Methodist Homes of New Jersey, Black Methodist for Church Renewal and Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church. In addition to his ministry in the church and community, he serves as a spiritual coach. His dynamic, inspiring seminars serve as a catalyst to cultivate pastor and lay leadership across the country.
The Methodist Church further affirmed his leadership in 2004 when the General Conference of the United Methodist Church elected Reverend Blackwell to the Denomination’s nine member Supreme Court (Judicial Council). The Judicial Council rules on matters of law for five million United Methodist worldwide and eight million United Methodist nationwide. In addition, Reverend Blackwell serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, The President of the Wesley Manor Division of the Methodist Homes of New Jersey and member of the State Police Chaplain Corp. He also is the former Thursday night Bible Study Teacher for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Rev. Dennis L. Blackwell is a renaissance leader whose passion and love for God is evident in his witness as pastor, devoted husband to Ann, father to Myika and proud grandfather of Ava and Zoe Ramirez. He is a native of Atlantic City, NJ, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (B.S. Psychology), Georgia, Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv.) in Wilmore, KY. and is presently enrolled in a Ph.D. Program at Alvernia University, PA.