Matt Metzger Called as Blackhawk’s Next Senior Pastor
It is with great excitement that we share that Matt Metzger has been called to serve as the next Senior Pastor of Blackhawk Church! At the March 8, 2020 congregational meeting, members expressed overwhelming support for this unanimous recommendation by the Elder Board. Matt has now entered into a strategic mentoring process with Pastor Chris Dolson to help ensure a smooth leadership transition, culminating July 1, 2021. We thank God for placing Matt and Rachel in our midst, for preparing them for this moment in time, and for the Lord’s good plans for the future of Blackhawk Church.
Pastor Chris, his wife Becky, and the Elder Board proactively planned his succession over the course of several years. In January 2020, the Elders unanimously recommended to the membership that Matt Metzger, Lead Pastor of Blackhawk Downtown, transition to the role of Senior Pastor.
Chris continues to serve as Senior Pastor in the meantime and has entered into a more strategic mentoring process with Matt to fully prepare for succession. The plan is for Charles Yu to move into the role of Lead Teaching Pastor under Matt’s leadership.
We are grateful to have this time of leadership transition with him. We celebrate his tremendous impact on Blackhawk and Madison and look forward to that continuing in the future. As a church, we embrace a bright future together as we continue to build a community that follows Christ in order to reach our community and the world with Jesus’ love.
A Conversation Between Chris and Matt
Pastor Chris and Matt reflect on ministry together over the years and discuss the leadership transition plan.
A Conversation with Matt and Rachel
Pastor Matt and Rachel share their story, about serving together, and their prayer for Blackhawk’s future.
QUESTION & ANSWER SESSIONS
Prior to the vote, we hosted three Q&A sessions. The goals were to help our church family to learn more about this leadership transition, get to know Pastor Chris and Becky, Pastor Matt and Rachel, and Pastor Charles and Serena better, in addition to answering questions. While these sessions are completed, questions may still be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Matt Metzger
Matt joined the Blackhawk staff in September 2000 as the College and Young Adult Pastor and began his role as Lead Pastor of Blackhawk Downtown in 2010. Matt will enter the role of Senior Pastor in July 2021. Rachel is on staff part time with the Weddings and Marriage Ministry. They enjoy using their gym membership, as well as staying active through doubles beach volleyball, wake surfing, and hiking. Matt and Rachel are both big fans of UW sports. They love spending time with their daughters Hannah and Leah, but also look forward to starting a new adventure together as empty nesters this fall.
About Charles Yu
Before coming on staff with Blackhawk Church, Charles enjoyed a teaching ministry with InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries as a Campus Theologian. Serena currently teaches English in the Madison school district. They have two daughters, Kirstin and Nikki. In his spare time, Charles enjoys reading books on military history and barbecuing in the backyard.
The future is bright at Blackhawk. We honor Pastor Chris’ 25 years of devotion and look forward to God’s continued blessings in the months and years ahead.
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