CSU president to speak at Darlington First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church extends an invitation to the community to join the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22, to hear guest speaker Dondi E. Costin, president of Charleston Southern University.
Costin is a decorated military veteran with a passion for serving God, our country and now our country’s future by active involvement with shaping the next generations to come.
Costin has a track record in key leadership positions with the Air Force, having obtained the rank of major general in his 32 years of commissioned service. He began serving as the third president of Charleston Southern University July 1, 2018.
He most recently served at the Pentagon as Air Force Chief of Chaplains, where he was the senior pastor for more than 664,000 active-duty Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas, and led 2,000 chaplains and chaplain assistants from the Air Force Chaplain Corps. A native of Wilmington, N.C., Costin graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1986.
A decorated combat veteran, he deployed in support of numerous contingency and humanitarian relief operations across the globe, and served as senior chaplain for Air Force operations both in the Pacific and the Middle East. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in operations research, Costin holds five master’s degrees, a Doctor of Ministry degree, and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership. In a previous assignment, he taught courses in leadership, management, political science and military history as assistant professor of aerospace studies at Texas Christian University.
First Baptist Church is at the corner of South Main and West Broad streets in Darlington.
Due to sanctuary renovations, worship will be held in the fellowship hall adjacent to the Sunday school buildings at 10:30 a.m. Child care for infants through 5K is provided during the service. For more information, visit www.darlingtonfbc.com.