Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (Ret.)
On June 27, 2003, Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (Ret.) was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the Senate. Prior to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over twenty-seven years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains.
In addition to opening the Senate each day in prayer, Chaplain Black provides counseling and spiritual care for Senators, their familes, and staff – a combined constituency of over seven thousand people. He also meets with Senators about spiritual and moral issues, assists with research on theological and biblical questions, and facilitates discussion and reflection small group among Senators and staff. He also conducts marriage enrichment counseling and officiates at wedding, funerals, and memorial services. Chaplain Black initiates and participates in special and seasonal observances, leads interdenominational prayer gatherings, and cultivates relationships with local clergy and leaders of humanitarian agencies. Chaplain Black says, “I see my role as the chaplain to be confidential counselor, spiritual advisor, scripture teacher, intercessor, and friend to the Senators, their spouses, and the Senate staff as they seek to discover and live God’s wonderful plan.”
Chaplain Barry C. Black is married to the former Brenda Pearsall of St. Petersburg, Florida. They have three sons: Barry II, Brendan, and Bradford.
Debbie is the Founder and Executive Director of Helping Haitian Angels, a Christian non-profit organization providing complete care for orphaned children at Kay Anj Village in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. While on a mission trip to Haiti in 2008, Debbie and Bill Harvey unexpectedly met 35 orphaned children living in a dilapidated building who were sick from malnutrition, a lack of clean water, and in dire need of help. Debbie immediately felt God’s calling on her life.