US Senate chaplain to speak at awards banquet in Cayman

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black

The chaplain for the United States Senate, Barry Black, will be in the Cayman Islands this weekend and plans to speak at the Seventh-day Adventist Church awards banquet, Sunday evening.

Mr. Black, a Seventh-day Adventist, will be the keynote speaker for the event, which will celebrate members of the church in Cayman and the community.

Proceeds from the banquet will go to the building fund for the Savannah Adventist Church, which expects to break ground on a new community center this summer. Patricia Ebanks, with the church, said the banquet is intended to recognize people who have made “significant contributions to the church and the community.”

Premier Alden McLaughlin is scheduled to introduce Mr. Black, according to the church. Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush is also expected to attend.

Livingston Smith, first elder of the Savannah Adventist Church, said this will be the U.S. Senate chaplain’s first time in Cayman. “He has a really inspirational story,” Mr. Smith said.

Mr. Black, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, is the first African-American to hold the post of Senate chaplain. Since 2003 he has served as the spiritual adviser to U.S. senators, their families and staffs. He opens the Senate each day with a prayer.

In his autobiography, “From the Hood to the Hill,” Mr. Black details his childhood growing up in poverty in Baltimore, Maryland, through his rise to become the head of the chaplain service for the U.S. Navy and then the Senate.