Pastor Edward Black, Jr.

Pastor Ed has served the local church for over 26 years. He has a passion for God’s people, small groups of every kind, youth, college age young adults, outreach, large community events, and serving to help all ministries reach their potential.  Spending time with Pastor Ed, you will quickly discover he has endless energy, a contageous laugh, is a creative problem solver, and very much an out-of-the box thinking catalyst.  He’s a teambuilder.  He loves people.  He loves to laugh and is often dissatisfied with what is, and passionate about what could be

Prior to The Pointe, Pastor Ed served served at Celebration Church as their Youth and Young Adult Associate Pastor.  While serving there, he resurrected their dormant student ministries, developing a a stong leadership team and raising the funds necessary to transform an unused warehouse space into a teen rec center, with cafe, snack bar, integrated media, lighting, sound, and leather chair lounge.  After almost 4 years Ed felt it was time to transition after Celebration relocated tfrom Auburn to Colfax.  Prior to Celebration, he served Pastor Gary and Susan Gelnette at Grace Rocklin for 3 years as their Interim Executive Pastor/Youth, Young Adult and Family Pastor , helping them navigate a very difficult season of transitioning lead pastors.  Today, he serves our Lead Pastors, Mark and Lori Welch, as their hands extended to the staff, volunteers, congregation, and our local community. 

Ed’s always been a creative visionary, and is committed to developing staff and volunteers to become all God has planned for them through systematic spiritual formation, teaching, preaching, influence, events, and conversation.  Pastor Ed has provided leadership and oversight for several of our large events, such as last year’s Church in the Park, 10th Anniversary Celebration, Christmas Community experience, is the executive producer of our weekly online broadcast, and oversees the staff and all ministries.  Within the church’s four walls, he’s our Sunday morning service producer, overseeing all aspects of the worship service experience, and personally overseeing the training and development of our youth ministries, for which he has a lifelong passion.  He’s organized and led dozens of youth camps, conferences, concerts, and several international missions’ trips (Guatemala, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo), helping youth and young adults integrate into the life of the local church.  

Ed is multi-vocational, with his time spent between the Pointe Church and  Salem Media Group (103.9 The Fish and 710AM The Word) where he was recently promoted as a Regional Digital Campaign Strategist, (and after having been awarded the Digital Strategist of the Year in fall of 2018)Pastor Ed’s contribution as part of Salem’s local leadership/management team also led to the station receiving the prestigious Marconi Award in 2020 as the Religious Broadcasting Station of the Year.  He’s is also very involved in many large Christian Events in Northern California, frequently on-stage preaching, teaching, or receiving offerings.  Ed also travels, delivering his seminar, “Helping Churches Transform the Way they Communicate to their Churches & Communities.”  He also trains Small Group leaders with his DISC Personality and Behavioral Workshops.  Learn More at www.ImaginationHarbor.comHis heart is to move back into full time service in God’s timing, when the opportunity presents itself.  To these awards and accomplishments, Ed will simply tell you God is kinder than he deserve, and that he’s nothing more than a “turtle on a fence post.”  He is grateful for the opportunity and privilidge to serve, and will tell you it’s not by might, nor by power, but blessing comes by consistently returning to God his tithe into the hands of the local church, and positioning yourself to walk in the favor of God.  Accomplishments are nothing more than bringing a few loaves and fishes and putting them into the hands that know how to multiple the gift. 

He’s earned a business degree from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Human Resources.  He has a 2-year certification in Ministry from Impact School of Ministry, where he went on to teach several of the classes, as well as a certification in Applied Behavioral / Personality Analysis (DISC) from the Center for Motivational Living, (very helpful in providing leadership, ministry to marriages, and small group leadership development). He’s also a frequently requested Wedding Officiate, visit www.ASacredCelebration.com.

Pastor Ed met and married his lovely wife, Karen, now going on 20 years. Very much opposites, Pastor Ed and Karen adopted the joy of their lives, Madison Grace, after 9 long years of being unable to have a child of their own.  Madison was dedicated back to God at Grace Rocklin with 90 guests in attendance (they don’t do anything small).  Karen is a Marketing Manager for a silicon valley tech company.  Pastor Ed enjoys movies, 80’s pop music, Michael W. Smith, anything Star Trek, dislikes all sports, is a Peets coffee connoisseur and firmly believes Starbucks are the purveyors of burnt, brown water.  Additional ways to connect with Pastor Ed: