Captain Mark Black. Photo courtesy of Mark BlackWhere do you live?
Lake Monticello.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We have resided here for 18 months. My assignment to the University of Virginia brought us here.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Kim Black, who is originally from Pace, Florida. We have been married for 28 years. We have two sons, Victor and Luke, that have both graduated from college and are making their way in life.
What do you do for a living?
I am an officer in the United States Navy. I am currently the commanding officer and professor of naval science of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Virginia. I served as a naval flight officer flying the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18F Super Hornet.
What is one of your pet peeves?
People who are inconsiderate of those around them.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with family, athletics, and physical fitness.
What pivotal decision helped to shape your life?
Believing and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal savior.
Tell us about a way you have changed over the years.
I have strived to be more dedicated not only to attempting to define what is correct, but also demonstrating the fortitude to do what is right.
What has surprised you about your life?
I don’t know if surprise is the correct word, but I am amazed at how much the Lord has blessed me.
What’s one thing you hope to accomplish before you die?
I hope to be an inspiration to others and help influence them to be more than their current circumstances or aspirations.
Tell us about one of your regrets.
Being away from my family for extended periods of time.
What quote or saying do you connect with most? Why do you like it?
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.