Barry Black: A ‘Boy from the Hood’ Who Encountered Jesus Christ


He is the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. He was elected to this position on June 27, 2003, becoming the first African-American to hold this office. He served for over 27 years as a chaplain in the United States Navy, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and ending his career as the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy, the senior chaplain of the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. He officially retired from the Navy on August 15, 2003. He has been honored in many ways for his achievements, including the NAACP’s Renowned Service Award in 1995 and the Benjamin Elijah Mays Distinguished Leadership Award in 2002.

Growing up in poor, inner-city public housing in Baltimore, Maryland, his mother instilled in him a love for the Bible and made sure that he received a Christian education. His father, who was a truck driver, was rarely home, and when he was home, he drank excessively and spent little time with his children. As he got older, he and his siblings would pray for their father and their father eventually came to Christ. He says of his own salvation experience, “I had no idea that when I was running with gangs that I would find God. He [Jesus] filled the emptiness [in my life]. I’m just a boy from the ‘hood, but I encountered Someone who made a difference in my life. He walks with me. He talks with me. When I wake up in the morning, He’s there. He tells me that He loved me so much that He died a death that no one deserves to die.” His name is Barry Black.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and just as Barry Black gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“For God so loved the world” means that if you are in the world, God loves you. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you have done, God loves you.

God loves you more than you love yourself. He loves you so much so “that He gave His only begotten Son.” His only begotten son is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and for mine, He was buried, and on the third day, He rose from the dead.

“that whosoever believeth in Him”, whosoever means anybody of any race, any color, any belief system, or any socio-economic status can believe on Jesus Christ.

“should not perish, but have everlasting life.” if you believe on Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you will not perish in hell, instead you will have everlasting life in heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!