Matthew Blackwood has been selected as the new director of alumni and church relations at Fresno Pacific University.
The 1998 graduate begins work April 1 in the advancement division. As a student, Blackwood majored in biblical and religious studies and was involved in the gospel choir.
"We are very excited Matthew has agreed to be part of our team," said Mark Deffenbacher, vice president for advancement and university relations. "His infectious energy and broad-based experience in the business and church worlds give him a strong base from which to serve our alumni and church supporters. He truly sees everything he does as a ministry."
Before joining the university staff, Blackwood served as youth and college pastor at God's Family Church, Fresno. He has also been in management at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, director of youth ministries at Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and a home county caseworker for Mid-Cumberland Community Service Agency, Gallatin, Tennessee.