The Rev. Blake Jessie asks Campbellsville 'who do you please?'

The Rev. Blake Jessie asks Campbellsville 'who do you please?'

Nov. 20, 2014
For Immediate Release

Greensburg Baptist Church pastor Blake Jessie shared a passionate message as the guest speaker
at Wednesday's Thanksgiving chapel service on the campus of Campbellsville University. He is a
graduate of the CU School of Theology. (Campbellsville Photo by Rachel DeCoursey)

By Terry Harris, student new writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Rev. Blake Jessie, pastor of Greensburg Baptist Church, led Campbellsville University’s Thanksgiving service chapel Nov. 19 in Ransdell Chapel asking those in attendance “who do you please?’”

“Are you trying to please your mom, Are you trying to please your coach, Are you trying to please your partner? Or are you trying to please God?”

He quoted Galatians 1:10: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Jessie urged students to remember to be a servant of Christ and not of man. During Thanksgiving break, he said, people will be gathering with their families and celebrating traditions. Jessie urged students, faculty, staff and coaches not to worry about pleasing others, but trying to please God instead.

One of the ways to please God according to Jessie is to share the Gospel with your family, he said.

Dr. John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, welcomed those attending and explained the service was part of the Robertson Worship Endowment by Boyd and Jane Robertson.

Dr. Twyla Hernandez, assistant professor of Christian missions led the Thanksgiving prayer.

The University Chorale performed Mendelssohn's 'O Be Joyful', led by Dr. Tony Cunha, dean
of the CU School of Music. They were accompanied by Dr. Wesley Roberts on the historic pipe
organ. (Campbellsville University Photo by Linda Waggener)

The University Chorale performed “O Be Joyful” by Felix Mendelssohn, and CU students Ufuoma “Elivs” Obukowho and Elliot Young both shared scriptures from the Bible. Chapel ended with a closing from Dr. Tony Cunha, dean of the School of Theology.

Jessie, a CU master's of theology 2007 graduate, is the son-in-law of the Rev. Ed Pavy, director of campus ministries at CU and is married to Emily Pavy Jessie, who received her bachelor's degree from CU in 2007.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is

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