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Exciting Announcement!

Hello Blackhawk,

       It is with great excitement that I announce on March 5th, Blackhawk Ministries will officially vote on our new Lead Pastor! Please plan to join us on this special day as we welcome Dr. Dave Tilma to share the Word.  Following what will be a one-service Sunday that morning (at 10:00), we will have a congregational meeting and vote.  In accordance with our by-laws, Dave will need 75% of the vote to be installed as our next lead pastor.

       We are very excited that God has brought us our next lead pastor and incredibly grateful to all of you for your patience and prayers through this season.

Thanks again!

 Curtis Smith, Elder Chairman


A little about Dave…

Dave was born in Canada but raised in the Midwest. After turning his life over to Jesus in Jr. High, he experienced a call to full-time ministry. Dave married his high-school sweetheart, Rebecca, and graduated from the University of Northwestern St. Paul.

His early ministry years were focused on students and young adults. In 2009, Dave and Rebecca moved to Madison Wisconsin to plant a new church in a post-Christian city. After establishing the church and installing Elders, Dave took a call to a growing, urban, multi-site church in Milwaukee, WI in 2015.

Pastor Dave’s heart for God’s Word is made clear in his preaching, conversations, and approach to ministry. He loves good coffee, great conversations, playing pickleball, hiking, reading, the beach, and spending time with his family. Dave and Rebecca have four kids ages 18, 15, 14 & 12.


What’s Next?

Join us on March 5th to hear Pastor Dave preach, and to vote on whether Blackhawk Ministries will call him to be our next Lead Pastor! We will have one family service at 10:00am.* Voting will happen on campus following the service and is open to all Blackhawk Church Members. YOU MUST BE A MEMBER & PRESENT ON SUNDAY, MARCH 5 TO VOTE. If you are unsure about your membership status, please contact Cami Wharton

Blackhawk MEMBERS: If you are unable to attend the service on March 5 and would still like to vote regarding our next lead pastor, please call Cami Wharton at the church office (260-493-7400). Votes must be cast within 15 minutes of the completion of the service on March 5.

*There will be no Kids programming for toddler–4th grade, and classes for DS3, The Movement, and Young Adults will NOT meet on the 5th. 
*Nursery will be available (0–15 months).


Meet & Greet

If you’d like to meet Pastor Dave prior to March 5th, we will have three “Meet & Greet” opportunities. During these times, you’ll be able to ask questions and get to know Pastor Dave and his heart for ministry.


Fri. March 3 | 7-8:30 PM

Sat. March 4 | 10-11:30 AM
& 3-4:30 PM

Location | North Campus Chapel



We are so excited to celebrate this special day, and the days leading up to it, with each of you! Over the next couple weeks, please be in prayer for this process as we continue to trust in Him. God has been so faithful to Blackhawk over the past year (past 50 years!) and we know He will continue to be faithful in the days ahead.


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