Bishop Charles E. Blake

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Charles Edward Blake Sr. (born August 5, 1940 in Little RockArkansas)[1] is the current Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., a 6 million-member PentecostalHoliness denomination.

Blake is the fifth Presiding Bishop (and seventh leader) of the historically African-American denomination. From 1985 until 2009, he was the Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Southern California, overseeing more than 250 churches that compose the jurisdiction. He was succeeded by Bishop Joe L. Ealy.

Bishop Blake is married to Mae Lawrence Blake, a native of Michigan, and they have three children together, Charles Blake II (Jr.), Lawrence Blake, and Kimberly Blake, and they have eight grandchildren.[3]

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Bishop Blake is the pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC),[4] 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 Bishop Charles E. Blake and President Obamarecognized Bishop Blake annually, as one of the 100+ most influential African Americans. Blake penned articles for Ebony and Christianity Today noting the importance of the Black churches influence on presidential elections. [5][6]

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, Biola University, conferred an honorary doctorate upon him on June 12, 2010.

In 2009 he was appointed as a member of Barack Obama‘s Inaugural Advisory Council of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships where he served for one year on the council.[8] In 2016, Bishop Blake was appointed as the Co-Chairperson to the leadership council of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America.[9] On November 15, 2016, Bishop Blake was reelected as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ during the 2016 COGIC Election held by the COGIC General Assembly to a third four-year term.

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