The Office of the Chaplain exists to cultivate an environment in which students, faculty, and staff learn to love Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
Rev. Timothy Blackmon grew up in The Hague, Netherlands, the second of three sons born to an African-American father and Dutch mother. Much of his childhood revolved around the family's involvement at The American Protestant Church of The Hague (APCH), where, at the age of 17, he first sensed his call to ministry.
While pursuing a Bible and Theology degree at the European Bible Institute in Lamorlaye, France, Rev. Blackmon benefited from the teaching and mentoring of many Wheaton alumni and their families - including Dr. Margaret (Cording) Petty '70 and husband Rev. Thomas Petty, Rev. Kenneth 'Kenny' Dodd '77, M.A. '84 and his wife Mrs. Cathy (Anderson) Dodd '84, and Dr. Stephen Johnston '76 and his wife Ms. Joy (Darling) Johnston '79. Through their influence a seed was planted in his life, as he found himself drawn to their intellectual rigor, spiritual vitality and personal warmth.
Rev. Blackmon initially moved to the United States to attend Calvin Theological Seminary, where he met his wife Betsy. After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree, he was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in North America in 1995. From seminary, the Blackmons moved to California, where Rev. Blackmon served in church plants in Moreno Valley in San Bernardino-Riverside, and Folsom in Sacramento County.
In 2008, the growing Blackmon family returned to the Netherlands to The American Protestant Church of The Hague for Rev. Blackmon to serve the church where his father had been the Music Director for more than 40 years. As the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, Rev. Blackmon led an expatriate congregation of people from 55 countries, and an equal number of denominations. In 2015, the Blackmons returned to the States for Rev. Blackmon to become the sixth Chaplain of Wheaton College.
Chaplain Blackmon is fluent in Dutch, English and French. While he continues to be a frequent camp, retreat, and conference speaker in his spare time, the College community has benefited from the overflow of his gifts as a dynamic speaker and worship leader, a skilled keyboard player, a thoughtful, adept writer (with excellent penmanship and pens) and a voracious reader.
Ray Chang's pastoral role includes working alongside the Chaplain, as well as providing oversight and leadership to the Discipleship Ministries (DM) on campus.
Though born in Chicago, Ray has had the opportunity to travel widely (40+ countries and counting!), and has lived in various places in the world, including countries in Asia, Europe and Central America. Since his graduation from Wheaton College in 2006, Ray worked with the Peace Corps in Panama as a Community Economic Development Volunteer, as a youth pastor in Los Angeles, as a director of two non-profits, and at a real estate technology company based in Seattle. Prior to working at Wheaton, Ray served for three years on the pastoral staff at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Barrington, IL. He holds a Master of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Ray is happily married to Jessica (Min) Chang, class of 2012, and is pleased to be able to serve at his Alma Mater. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raised as a pastor's daughter, Marilyn's model for ministry was born out of her father's heart for pastoral care and her parents' example of faithfulness to the Lord. A graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, with a degree in Religious Studies, and a MA degree in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton's Graduate School, the Lord provided her opportunities to work with Food for the Hungry International in Japan, and later in the International Division of World Relief in Carol Stream, IL, as a means to gain a greater heart and understanding for the needs of the world. The Lord has also gifted her (for the past 21 years) with the privilege of contributing to the spiritual care of the campus community through lending to the planning of chapel and offering pastoral care and prayer. Marilyn enjoys interacting with students, faculty, and staff within the context of everyday life in community at Wheaton. You may contact Marilyn at email@example.com.
Kelly Urbon returns to Wheaton College, after a 19-year absence, as Ministry Associate for Care and Counseling. Previously she served at Wheaton as a member of the Residence Life team (1987-90), as well as in the College Counseling Center (1989-2000), and is a 1988 Graduate of the Wheaton Clinical Psychology Program. Kelly comes to us with over 28 years of counseling experience, most recently at Centennial Counseling Center, a group practice in the western suburbs. Her wealth of wisdom, experience, knowledge, and a winsome spirit make her a true blessing to the Wheaton community.
Kelly and her husband have 2 children, and stay busy following their kids around to various lacrosse and running events. Kelly’s other passions include serving the local church community as a Teaching Director for Community Bible Study, as well as helping families in need. Since 2015 their family has served with Safe Families for Children, hosting children in their home in order to support a family in crisis, allowing the children to return to a more stable environment. Other pastimes include walking the family dog…and caring for her 3 backyard chickens. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie Cockle serves as the Ministry Associate for Spiritual Formation. Susie is 'Princess' to Ron, 'Mom' to Ty, Ted, Meg & Kate, 'Mimi' to 7 grand-kids & 'Cohort19' to Portland Seminary, studying Spiritual Formation/Direction. For the past 10 years, Susie has served on the Board of Healing Grace International. Healing Grace works with local churches throughout Egypt to incorporate education, healthcare & spiritual growth into the lives of children & their families. Originally from Southern California, Susie loves living in Wheaton 9 months of the year. The months of January/February/March she finds 'character building'! A few of her favorite things are fly fishing, hiking, playing tennis, reading anything, traveling, cooking for guests, messing around with her kids & grandkids, singing old hymns and spending time with emerging adults. Susie is grateful for the opportunity to explore 'Life with God' within the context of the Wheaton College community. You may contact her at email@example.com.
Aaron Hann is excited to support the work of cultivating the spiritual life of Wheaton College through his role as the Administrative Assistant to the Chaplain. Aaron brings a diverse background of ministry (BA in pastoral studies from Moody), office management and administration, counseling (MA from Covenant Theological Seminary), and paralegal in workers' compensation law. His family recently relocated to Wheaton from sunny California and are excited to exercise their winter muscles. Aaron and his wife Kristen met and married in downtown Chicago and are delighted to be back in the midwest with their two awesome kids, Olivia the artist (10) and Judah the builder (7).
When he is not in the Chaplain's Office you will find Aaron reading a good book or out and about with his family enjoying downtown Wheaton or downtown Chicago. He also spends time researching topics in theology and psychology, and training his schnauzer poodle Toto whenever he can. Aaron is a bookworm at heart. There is nothing more comforting than being in a room full of books, so libraries, used bookstores and Chaplain Blackmon’s office are some of the spaces he enjoys! You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Francesca Tso is delighted to return to Wheaton after graduating in 2018. As the Office Coordinator, she enjoys the administrative work as well as meeting students, so come by and say hi! Francesca studied English Literature and Spanish as an undergrad and aspires to become a children’s librarian. Francesca has lived on the West and East Coast and has decided that both are superior to the Midwest—she particularly misses the hills and mountains—but is deeply grateful for her community in the Wheaton area.
Francesca is a voracious reader, takes walks as frequently as the Chicago weather will permit, loves spending time with kids, and is always ready for a good conversation or a new adventure! Her passions include community, relationships, and hospitality, and you will often find her having conversations about race, emotional awareness, literature, and spiritual formation, haunting used book stores, or writing in her journal. Francesca enjoys having people over to her house and is constantly devising new ways to welcome others in whether it’s throwing a dumpling party or hosting a board game night. You may contact Francesca at email@example.com.