PASTOR

pastorchip2Rev. “Chip” Blackshear
 
Rev. Charles Stewart (“Chip”) Blackshear is the minister of First Presbyterian Church.
Chip was born in California, the son of a U.S. Air Force pilot. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High School. He met his future wife, Leslie, at that high school, where he sang in the choir and she performed Shakespeare. Both were active in Young Life, and Chip is an Eagle Scout.
 
Chip and Leslie moved on to the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, where Chip majored in Business Administration, with an emphasis in marketing. Leslie majored in Home Economics, then went on to earn a Masters degree in Social Work at Louisiana State University. Chip worked in the computer graphics and printing industry for seventeen years, running his own computer graphics company for eight years before feeling called to the ministry. Leslie worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in adoptions and mental health before moving on to teach preschool and kindergarten. For many years Leslie served in leadership with Bible Study Fellowship in Lafayette, Pittsburgh, and Corpus Christi. Both were very active at First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, where Chip served as a deacon, and later at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lafayette where they worked with the youth and Chip served as an elder.
 
The Lord called Chip to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 2009. During his seminary years, Chip served as a seminary intern at Hebron United Presbyterian Church, a church of about 800 members with three worship services each Sunday. Leslie taught kindergarten at the Pittsburgh Urban Christian School.
 
The Blackshear’s have two children: Michael, who earned his Eagle Scout in Troop 2 and is a college student studying  electrical engineering at the University of Tulsa, and Robin, a student at Gregory-Portland High School  who  plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele and is very active in Young Life. The Blackshear family enjoys camping vacations. Chip enjoys photography,  woodworking, bar-be-que, and gardening. Leslie teaches kindergarten at St. James Episcopal School and enjoys reading and baking.
 
Chip is passionate about providing a strong and meaningful Sunday morning worship service. He is personable, creative and enthusiastic. He is great at both preaching and teaching. Chip feels his calling is to enable our members to grow spiritually. You will enjoy getting to know Chip and his family, and having them in your life.