Dr. Barbara Young interviews Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Tues. @ 2pm PST.Voice America Talk Radio. http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/90217/when-god-takes-you-off-the-beaten-path-what-now …
Bishop 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, starting with only 50 members in 1969 when he became pastor.
In 1982, he was selected by Ebony magazine as one of the 15 “Greatest Preachers in America”. Since 2007, Ebony has recognized Bishop Blake annually, as one of the 100+ most influential African Americans.
He has been a member of the General Board of COGIC since 1988.
Bishop Blake is an ardent advocate of education and academic excellence, who holds multiple academic and honorary degrees, from various educational institutions. Most recently, California State University, Los Angeles conferred an honorary doctorate upon him on June 12, 2010.
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 220 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. In 2010 he was appointed as a member of the Barack Obama‘s Inaugural Advisory Council of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
He is married to Mrs. Mae Lawrence Blake, and they have three children and eight grandchildren. Learn more at http://westa.tv/
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