Chaplain, (Capt) Jonathan L. Black
Chaplain, (Capt) Jonathan L. Black currently serves at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden,
Germany. He is an embedded Unit Chaplain for the 4th Air Support Operations Group. Chaplain
Black conducts a ministry to Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Special Warfare Airmen as well
as ministering to Expeditionary Combat Weather Airmen. Chaplain Black travels throughout
Eastern Europe to TACP and Combat Weather Squadrons supporting U.S. Army, Air, and NATO
land combat units. He provides a ministry of presence, Christian literature distribution,
confidential counseling, ethical and moral guidance, and spiritually enriching events for Airmen
and their families.
Chaplain Black is a native of Waldorf, Maryland, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant
and first Chaplain Candidate Program inductee into the Rhode Island Army National Guard.
After five years, Chaplain Black transferred to the Rhode Island Air National Guard in 2013,
serving with the 143 rd Air Lift Wing “Rhode Warriors” out of Quonset Point, North Kingstown,
R.I. Thereafter, the Lord gave Chaplain Black an opportunity to serve on Active Duty, starting at
Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas (2017-2020). There he ministered to aircraft maintainers,
logistics readiness personnel, and families; he delivered sermons and provided counseling and
leadership to the Protestant Chapel worship community. Chaplain Black next served in a remote,
unaccompanied assignment in Incirlik, Turkey for thirteen months; experiencing a fruitful
ministry of preaching, teaching, counseling, and discipleship.
Jonathan completed his Master of Arts in modern European history at Providence College
(Rhode Island); his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and, his
Bachelor of Arts from Washington Bible College. Chaplain Black was ordained out of Grace
Bible Church, Cranston, R.I.
Jonathan’s life and work experience are varied; he has served as both a solo Pastor and associate
Pastor (elder) in two churches as well as teaching at a classical Christian school for seven years
and teaching history at the College of Southern Maryland. Jonathan worked for 10 years as a
hospice Chaplain; and, earlier in life, in federal law enforcement.
Jonathan and his wife Alaide (Brazilian) are raising two sons, Nathan and Ian. They are currently
receiving a homeschooled education. Jonathan and Alaide enjoy the seaside and walking. Jonathan
also enjoys reading and watching 1970’s cop shows; Alaide also enjoys sewing and traveling.
Chaplain Black’s endorsing agency is Associated Gospel Churches. The AGC has endorsed
chaplains since 1939. RBNet is thankful for the willingness of AGC to enter into this cooperative
agreement with RBNet.