Administrator for Clear Creek Baptist Bible College dies at 38

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Published: Mar. 20, 2022 at 7:47 PM EDT
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PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Matthew Black, an administrator for Clear Creek Baptist College, died Friday morning.

A social media post from Matthew’s wife, Ruth, said he died at home from an unspecified illness. She said he had appeared to be getting better.

Black, 38, graduated from Clear Creek and went into ministry. His colleague, Michael Deland, who was a former classmate of Black’s, was coming back from a mission trip when he heard of his death.

“I took a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and we landed in Miami when we found of his passing. and as a team we were just completely shocked, we stopped right there in the middle of customs and just prayed for his family.” he said.

Black was a pastor in Wilmington, Ohio for six years before coming back to Clear Creek to serve as the Dean of Institutional Advancement, where he was for the past four years.

Donnie Fox is the President of Clear Creek. He said Black was his right hand man.

“When I say Matt was my go to guy, I could give him an idea, I could give him a project, I could give him a person to contact and I never had to worry about, was he going to follow through,” he said.

Deland says he is confident Black is at peace.

“I love him, he was my brother and I’ll see him again one day.” he said.

Black’s funeral will be at Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset on Wednesday 23rd at 11a.m.

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