Partners & Servants
Meet Our Partners & Servants
Blackhawk builds partnerships and relationships with organizations throughout Dane County, nationally and globally to learn and engage in ways that instill trust, promote dignity, seek peace and prosperity for the flourishing of all. We come alongside and partner with organizations that are spiritually neutral, as well as those who are faith-based, in the areas of food and housing security, racial reconciliation and justice, education and economic equity, incarceration and post prison, human trafficking and crisis response. We believe in partnering and coming alongside others to do good works, which promotes good will, that opens doors to the Good News.
Abolition Wisconsin is an anti-trafficking men’s initiative based in Madison, WI. They are a group of men from the Greater Madison area acting to abolish the demand for paid sex, through strategic prayer, direct intervention with buyers at the point of sale online and connecting buyers with local resources to help them break out of sex addiction.
Anana Elementary School
Milele Chikasa Anana Elementary School (formally Falk Elementary School) serves students in Early Childhood Learning and Kindergarten through 5th grade and are committed to preparing students to be college, career and community-ready by challenging them to achieve at high levels academically, socially and emotionally. Anana Elementary School is partnering with Blackhawk Brader Way through Madison Public Schools Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program.
The Beacon homeless day resource center provides community solutions to help men, women, and children who are experiencing homelessness in Dane County, Wisconsin. The Beacon is committed to providing services that address the causes of homelessness in an environment that allows people to feel welcome, safe, and respected. Guests have access to resources and professional staff to assist them with housing, employment, mental health and substance abuse counseling; as well as services that help restore their dignity such as showers and laundry facilities.
Care Net Pregnancy Center
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County empowers women and men to navigate an unexpected pregnancy through medical services, practical support, education and a maternity home. With compassionate care and helpful resources, they foster help for today, hope for tomorrow and healing from the past.
Centro Hispano of Dane County
Centro Hispano of Dane County’s vision is that “Dane County will be a community where Latino families can aspire upward, to reach their personal goals and dreams because they feel engaged and strengthened with the tools for success.” Centro Hispano has a range of programs to support Dane County’s Latino population with a focus on youth, families and community.
Every Daughter offers assistance to women who are sexually exploited & trafficked in Dane County. Their purpose is to build trust and relationships with the women they meet, offering support and prayer that is free of judgment and reflects the unconditional love of God. Women from several churches around Dane County consistently volunteer with Every Daughter as a key part of this effort.
JustDane (formerly Madison Area Urban Ministry) helps transform lives and systems to create a just, equitable community. JustDane’s many programs inspire hope for individuals returning to the Dane County community after incarceration by breaking down the barriers that can prevent them from fully participating in our community and the lives of their families. Just Dane also supports the families of those incarcerated through reading programs, family visit programs and mentoring programs.
Lighthouse Church is a multicultural, international, bilingual fellowship of believers coming together as a family to worship and grow in Christ. Lighthouse Christian School provides a Christian academic environment for children from 4K-8th grade while also facilitating their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.
Middleton Outreach Ministry
Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) brings the community together to create food and housing security through action and advocacy. Because what we eat, where we live and our connection to community are key determinants of well-being and health, MOM focuses on providing access to these resources for people in the community. They have one of the largest food pantries in Dane County, provide case management, referrals, housing stability assistance, as well as providing rides and assistance with chores through the Seniors Program.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mt. Zion Baptist Church is a Bible-believing, Christ-centered church on the south side of Madison, whose core values are to live their faith, love their family, and lift their community. They strengthen the African American community by cultivating academic learning, providing grief and mental health support, and food security assistance.
Nehemiah: Center for Urban Leadership Development
Nehemiah: Center for Urban Leadership and Development focuses on strengthening the African American community by cultivating character, leadership, and economic development through culturally grounded programs.
Porchlight strives to reduce homelessness in Dane County by collaborating with the community to provide shelter, affordable housing, and supportive services that eliminate barriers and empower the individuals and families they serve.
The River Food Pantry
The River Food Pantry serves over 1,000 households each week. Their services include free groceries for curbside pickup or delivery, freshly prepared to-go meals, and mobile lunches for children and families in low-income neighborhoods.
Capital High School serves students in grades 9-12 who are interested in an alternative high school. Capital High focuses on personalized learning to address each student’s strengths and areas of growth. It is designed as a small learning community where students are supported through an advisory model to develop core knowledge and skills, while exploring their interests and engaging in post-secondary planning. Capital High School is partnering with Blackhawk Downtown Church through Madison Public Schools Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program.
Lapham Elementary School
Lapham Elementary School is a K-2 elementary school on the near east side of Madison. Lapham is focused on supporting student learning through a belief of equity and excellence for all students. Lapham Elementary School is partnering with Blackhawk Downtown through Madison Public Schools Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program.
Badger Prairie Needs Network
Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty and ending hunger locally. BPNN operates a food pantry that serves food insecure households in Dane County. They offer a free community meal on 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month, nutrition education & culinary arts classes in their commercial-grade kitchen, a community garden, and free legal advocacy focused on ending homelessness and leveling the playing field for people with limited financial means.
Leopold Elementary School
Aldo Leopold Elementary School is a diverse, caring school whose mission is to empower each child to become an enthusiastic lifelong learner. Leopold provides quality education by providing an integrated multicultural curriculum, an environment that recognizes individuality and fosters self-esteem, and a commitment to a mutually responsible partnership between students, families, staff and community. Leopold Elementary is partnering with Blackhawk Fitchburg through Madison Public Schools Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program.
Blackhawk Church partners with the American Red Cross and hosts blood drives at Blackhawk Brader Way and Blackhawk Fitchburg multiple times throughout the year. The blood is donated to the American Red Cross who distributes our donations throughout the community. The Blood Drive Teams provide support for the Blood by greeting, registering donors, or helping at the refreshment table.
Garden Team – Centro Hispano of Dane County
The Garden Team comes alongside Centro Hispano’s garden and their efforts to grow food for the community and to help cultivate a beautiful, safe space for the Latino community to go.
Impact Ministry Events & Special Projects Support
Blackhawk Church has initiatives and events that are catalytic, raise awareness, equip resources, and benefit our partners, communities, and our congregation. The Impact Ministry Events & Special Projects team provides support for these through various tasks such as administrative, event day setup/clean up, greeting, donation sorting and delivery and more.
Mother & Child Resource Team
Mother and Child Resource Ministry comes alongside new mothers and fathers by providing struggling families with many essentials for newborns. The ministry receives referrals from a variety of agencies around Dane county and receives calls from mothers who have a baby on the way and are not prepared. We collect gently used or new donations of newborn clothing (up to 12 months) and supplies (blankets, bottles, diapers size newborn or 1, etc.) in the Mother and Child Resource donation bin on the lower level of Blackhawk Brader Way.
School Support Teams
Blackhawk Church partners with four schools through Madison Foundation for Public School’s Adopt-a-School program. The School Support teams come alongside our partner schools by encouraging students and staff and occasional special projects and events support.
Global & National Partners
Beacon of Hope is a registered faith and community based non-governmental organization in Kenya and that was established as a way for women in a Nairobi slum to develop vocational skills that would allow them to work and provide for themselves and their families. The organization now serves the community through a clinic, preschool, primary school and vocational training center. It’s focus is on creating transformation in the spiritual, physical, economic and social wellbeing of the people they serve.
Food for the Hungry | Bolivia
Food for the Hungry is a Christian organization seeking to end all forms of human poverty by going into the hard places and closely walking with the world’s most vulnerable people. They do this by providing life-changing resources such as clean water, medical aid, food, equal educational opportunities to girls and boys, vocational training and empowerment in the midst of unimaginable hardships. They have been working in Bolivia since 1978 and they have invited Blackhawk to come alongside the community of Lajastambo.
Open Roads | Romania
Open Roads is a Romania based organization in Craiova that serves young people who’ve been orphaned, released from state institutions and left to brave the world alone. Through a Sports and English Camp in the northern Alps of Romania, Open Roads serves many young people who will hear the gospel message for the first time and understand their worth and love in God.
Questscope | Middle East
Questscope is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization with the goal of “putting the last, first.” Since its start in 1988, Questscope has walked alongside people whose lives are ravaged by war and poverty in the Middle East. Their programs are designed and implemented by marginalized communities that serve to drive the most impact. Programs include mental health and well-being, emergency aid, entrepreneurship, juvenile justice, education, and mentorship.
Eaglecrest Alaska Missions is a unique mix of intense experiences designed to equip and empower individuals to become Christ-centered disciples in their world. In Sutton, Alaska , they seek to bring the presence of Christ by enhancing life in the community and beyond through work projects, day camps, weekly cookouts, and special events.
Blackhawk Church currently supports over 30 Global and National Servants who live in the U.S. and across the world. The Global & National Servants Encouragement connects with Blackhawk’s Global and National Servants to learn from, pray with and encourage them.
Global & National Servants
Blackhawk currently supports about 30 Global and National Servants who live in Madison, nationally, and globally. Servants serve in a variety of capacities – discipleship training, church planting, immigrant outreach, environmental initiatives, community development, medical training, campus ministry, and more. Over half of the Servants are members of Blackhawk who are significantly involved in various Blackhawk ministries or former members of Blackhawk who are involved in ministry in other parts of the country and around the world.
Paul & Kathy Baum – ReachGlobal (EFCA) | Germany & Wisconsin
Paul & Kathy served in Germany, facilitating outreach and church planting among foreign immigrants, primarily Turkish. Retiring in September 2021, the Baums have returned to Platteville, WI, where Paul continues to facilitate further development of resources for ReachGlobal’s ministry in Germany.
Ed Brown – Care of Creation | Wisconsin
Ed serves as the Executive Director of Care of Creation, an organization that pursues God-centered responses to environmental challenges across the world. He is also a Catalyst for Creation Care for the Lausanne Movement and coordinates the global Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network.
Hilarie – TEAM | France
Hilarie works alongside the French church to reach North Africans with the Gospel by building relationships in the community.
Greg & Karen – Frontiers | Ohio
Greg & Karen focus on outreach to the Muslim world, coaching and overseeing church planting teams that work among unreached peoples.
Rachel & Cornel Mich – Commission Ministers Network | Romania
Rachel and Cornel serve in Youth Ministry in Craiova in Southern Romania, the nation’s 5th largest city. Their goal is to bring the light of Jesus into the darkness of this city through church planting, evangelism, discipleship and a youth group.
Brian & Patti – Christar | Greater London, UK
Brian serves as the Hindu Affinity Director, providing spiritual, administrative, and visionary leadership for the overall ministry, member care, and equipping of Christar members in several countries. Patty serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator of the Hindu Affinity, supporting, encouraging, and training women.
Chuck & Katie – Resource Exchange International | Southeast Asia
Chuck serves as the Director of Agricultural Program Development, working to create jobs and increase the incomes among those that are making only $2 a day, through the development of village-based enterprises.
Aaron & Tiffany Robinson – Cru | France
Aaron serves as Cru’s National Campus Director of France and Tiffany assists him in this role. Tiffany also trains new staff members in our city. Their role primarily gives leadership to a multi-cultural team of missionaries (about 30 staff in 5 cities) with the goal of making Jesus known through evangelism and discipleship among the university students in France.
Joshua & Sarah Seykora – Youth With A Mission (YWAM) University of the Nations (UofN) | Hawaii
Joshua and Sarah serve in cross-cultural international ministry and missions with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and the University of the Nations (UofN). They use their passions and training in teaching, holistic functional health coaching, fitness, sport, design, evangelism, and discipleship to make disciples of Jesus.
Craig & Tracy Sorely – Creation Stewards International | Kenya
Craig is the Kenya Director of Creation Stewards International, with the goal of helping transform people to walk closer with Christ and towards a vision for creation care that embraces the fullness of the Gospel. They strive to see communities being transformed in all their relationships, starting with God and spreading into their relationships with other people and with the creation that surrounds them.
Jim & Molly – Questscope | Middle East
Jim is the Regulatory Director for an organization that partners with local nationals to educate and meet the needs of at-risk children and their communities. Molly works as a secondary English teacher in an international school.
Luis Vega – Siloam International | Honduras
Luis is the Siloam International Director for Latin America. He facilitates mission trips and missionaries in evangelism, discipleship, church planting, seminars, and spreading the gospel through many means.
Tom & Becca Whitney – Overland Missions | Angola
Tom & Becca work to identify remote people groups of southwest Angola and engage them with the love of Christ through actions and the spoken gospel to empower indigenous believers to be who God created them to be, as well as equip and launch them into continuing the ministry on their own.
Yumama – Protos Bridging International | Taiwan
Yumama is involved in church planting among unreached people groups in rural Taiwan.
Roger & Jennifer Anderson – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA | Madison, WI
Roger mentors and disciples young leaders in InterVarsity, helping them integrate their spiritual lives and ministry tasks to increase fruitfulness in their ministry. Jennifer is a writer/proofreader on InterVarsity’s Editorial Team helping produce materials about InterVarsity’s ministry among college/university students and faculty.
Leiton Chinn – Yielded Evangelical Servants, Inc (YES Inc) | South Carolina
Leiton serves as a Mobilizer for International Student Ministry regionally in North America and globally through various mission networks like the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, the Lausanne Movement, the Global Diaspora Network, the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals, the Anglican ISM Network and Ethnic America Network.
Lisa Espineli Chinn – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship |South Carolina
Lisa is a leadership mentor with InterVarsity and serves as a cross-cultural advocate and consultant with experience in International Student Ministry. She serves as a speaker at mission conferences, women’s retreats, and mobilizes for International Student Ministry nationally and globally.
Caleb & Laura Cook – Cru | Minneapolis, MN
Caleb and Laura serve with Cru in Minneapolis where they work with various National Cru teams that help train and equip missionaries in the field to reach people with the gospel, including those being sent internationally.
Jon Dahl – Intervarsity Christian Fellowship | Madison, WI
Jon serves as an InterVarsity campus minister at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work is to grow communities of graduate students and faculty at UW-Madison that are marked by depth of vision and discipleship.
R – An International Campus Ministry | United States
R serves at a large university where he leads outreach to international students and scholars.
Alec Hill – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA | Seattle, WA
Alec serves as President Emeritus of InterVarsity, mentors younger staff members and IV leaders, does internal consulting, advising, and teaching, and represents IV externally.
Gary & Donna Kopan – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA | Madison, WI
Gary develops future funding for InterVarsity’s ministry through estate gifts and planned gift commitments from its long-term supporters.
DJM – Navigators | Madison, WI
DJM serves as Field Staff with The Navigators International Student Ministry (ISM) to advance the gospel of Jesus and His kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.
Gary Nauman – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA | Madison, WI
Gary develops discipleship, leadership, missions, and evangelism outreach resources with InterVarsity that directly engage students with spiritual issues. Within InterVarsity, Gary helps to develop logistical and programmatic content for InterVarsity’s triennial Urbana Student Mission Conference.
Scott & Bonnie Roe – Cru | Madison, WI
Scott is the Southern Wisconsin Cru Area Director, which includes leading and training the Madison area and Southern Wisconsin Cru Staff, as well as student leaders on the UW-Madison Campus.
Brian & Rachel Schultz – Cru | Fort Collins, CO
Brian & Rachel serve families, young professionals, and business leaders with Cru City, training and mentoring men and women to influence their specific corner of the city with the gospel. They also care for hurting individuals and families and help connect people and churches to serve in the community.
Brian & Linsey Smith – Athletes in Action | Lowell, MI
Brian serves as a digital content strategist, responsible for maintaining AIA’s app and creating Bible studies and discipleship resources for staff and students. Linsey provides mental health services for AIA students and staff.
Jeff & Karen Vandenberg – Navigators | Madison, WI
Jeff serves as the Campus Director for The Navigators at UW-Madison. He engages in relational and initiative evangelism, establishes new believers through Bible studies, groups, and conferences, and equips leaders and laborers for Christ’s Kingdom around the world.
Jim Walker – Cru | Orlando, FL & Madison, WI
Jim serves remotely as Program Manager for Global Operations Projects through Cru’s headquarters in Orlando and as campus ministry team member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, he engages students through evangelism, leads undergraduate Bible studies, trains students in spiritual disciplines, prays for and disciples students.
Jeff & Beckie Wiegel – Navigators | Madison, WI
Jeff and Beckie serve with the Navigators at UW-Madison. They help staff and students grow in Christ through one-to-one discipleship, with an additional focus on ministry with younger Navigator alumni.