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|Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.|
August 5, 1940|
North Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Occupation||clergyman, bible scholar, theologian, TV perseonality|
|Spouse(s)||Mae Lawrence blake, 1962?-present|
|Children||3, with 7 grandchildren|
Bishop Charles Edward Blake Sr. (born August 5, 1940 in North Little Rock, Arkansas) serves as the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ, a 6 million-member Holiness-Pentecostal denomination. Blake is the fifth Presiding Bishop (and seventh leader) of the historically African-American denomination. Since 1985, he has been the Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Ecclesiastic Jurisdiction of Southern California, overseeing the more than 250 churches that make up the jurisdiction.
Blake is the pastor of the West Angeles Church of God In Christ (COGIC), one of the largest churches in the Western United States, with a membership of over 24,000. He is recognized as one of the great preachers of this generation with a message that ministers to the whole person and brings together people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.
In response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, Blake founded and is president of the Pan African Children's Fund (PACF). Save Africa's Children, a program of PACF currently provides support to over 160 orphanages throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
He was the founding Chair of the Board of Directors for , and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and as a Board Member of the Board of Directors for the Interdenominational Theological Seminary. Blake has served as Chair of the Executive Committee, member of the Board of Directors of Oral Roberts University, and as a member of the Board of Directors of International Charismatic Bible Ministries.
Blake has also formerly served as an Advisory Committee Member of the Pentecostal World Conference, and as the founder and Co-chair of the Los Angeles Ecumenical Congress (LAEC), an interdenominational coalition of religious leaders and pastors. He has also been awarded the Salvation Army's William Booth Award, the Greenlining Institute's Big Heart Award, and was the designated recipient of the L.A. Urban League's Whitney M. Young Award for the year 2000.
He is married to Sister Mae Lawrence Blake, and they have three children and 7 grandchildren.
- ↑ Brief biography of Blake at klmartin.wordpress.com
- ↑ West Angeles Church of God in Christ West Angeles COGIC official website
- ↑ C.H. Mason Theological SeminaryC.H. Mason Theological Seminary website