Biography of Bishop Charles E. Blake

Bishop Charles E. Blake is known as a man of character, integrity, and wisdom. Born August 5, 1940 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Bishop Blake is the son of the late Bishop J.A. Blake and Mrs. Lula Champion Blake. Licensed in 1959 and Ordained in 1962, he received his B.A. from California Western University (now known as United States International University), and his Master of Divinity degree from Interdenominational Theological Center in 1965. Bishop Blake obtained his Doctorate of Divinity degree from the California Graduate School of Theology in 1982, and is an Honorary Doctorate recipient of Oral Roberts University.

Because he is a man with a God-given mission for ministering to the whole man; sprit, mind, and body, West Angeles Church of God In Christ, the largest African American church in the western United States, has set a new standard for ministry to the Christian and to the world. As pastor of West Angeles Church for 30 years, Bishop Blake; recipient of the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award, the Greenlining Institutes’ Big Heart Award, and the Los Angeles Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. award, has overseen West Angeles’ growth from a 50 member church in 1969 to a membership of over 19,000 today, making it one of the fastest growing congregations in the world. With annual revenues over $12 million, West Angeles serves as a significant economic stimulus to the community of South Los Angeles. The church employs over 125 employees, and coordinates a force of over 1000 volunteers to serve the congregation and community through over 80 specialized ministries. Along with his Co-Chairs Magic Johnson and Denzel Washington, Bishop Blake supervises the West Angeles Cathedral Fund, to provide for the West Angeles Cathedral, a 60-million dollar building project estimated to have an economic impact of $100 million on the community of South Los Angeles. West Angeles offers more than 80 specialized ministries, programs, and support groups to assist and empower the community.

Bishop Charles E. Blake is the First Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, and also a member of the 12-member General Board, the presiding board of the 2.2 million member Church of God in Christ denomination. Since 1985, he has been the Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Jurisdiction of Southern California, which owns and maintains Bonnie Brae House where the Pentecostal Revival later called the Azusa Revival began, and Transition House, the 15-bed substance abuse recovery facility for men. As prelate, he oversees approximately 250 churches that comprise the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Southern California

He is an Advisory Committee Member of the Pentecostal World Conference and the founder and Co-chair of the Los Angeles Ecumenical Congress, an interdenominational coalition of Religious Leaders and Pastors dedicated to the re-establishment of African-American Christian Leadership in the city of Los Angeles. Armed with a spiritual and moral agenda, the LAEC seeks to effectively utilize its collective influence among community and political leadership to benefit Los Angeles residents, and to respond to the challenges and issues that face the Los Angeles community. 

Bishop Blake is married to Mae Lawrence Blake. They are the parents of 3 children and the grandparents of two grandchildren. Bishop Blake is a respected and dynamic preacher, a world class leader, a visionary, and a beloved friend and mentor to many. He is internationally recognized as one of America’s most profound intellectual minds. He is an extraordinary man of God.

15 Responses to “Biography of Bishop Charles E. Blake”

  1. 1 April M. August 19, 2007 at 2:30 am

    I’ve recently had the pleasure of hearing this dynamic speaker on the official day at the Ohio North 1st Jurisdiction Holy Convocation. I am so glad to have had the opportunity because he has blessed me tremendously.

  2. 2 Johannes Maluleka August 21, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Bishop!

    My name is Johannes Maluleka. It was a humbling experience to be in your presence at the Southern Sun hotel, Santon in South Africa. Solly Mahlangu is my pastor and I was just there as an usher & not as one of the leaders.

    My God richly bless you in your endeavors to SAVE AFRICA’S CHILDREN.

    Thank you

  3. 3 Andre Trevant Cross September 10, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    I have long been an admirer of this great man of God but only recently had the opportunity to hear him in person during the Tennessee 4th Jurisdiction conference. His timely message and inspired prayer truly blessed my soul. I am pleased that the Church has such an inspiring and capable helmsman.
    Our prayers are with His Grace, their Excellencies the General Board, and all the Saints and leadership of this Church of God in Christ.

  4. 4 Veannce Koffi October 27, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Hi pastor!
    I’m Venance Koffi from Ivory Coast (West Africa).
    I’ve been listening to a spot of your preaching on TBN.
    I thank you for all you for the Kingdom of God.

    Thank so much!
    (If possible, tell me when you receive this comment)

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  6. 6 steve blalock December 30, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I was recently at the holy convacation in memphis we are from wichita wife and I had a much needed spiritual confromation twice we had personally met the bishoponce receving his blessings at the communion service amen and that was enough for my faith but what a good GOD we serve we had left the forom and went to eat bishop came to the same fish restarant and we sit beside him and the firstlady and his ministers to receive such a gift from GOD is was what we needed you see i had fallen from the ministry at a young age and have been seeking forgivness and confromation I had such a pulling to go to memphis my first cogic convention and what an experience from being ushered to front row on saturday to bishops blessing to meeting him at the restarant and to top it all off bishop blessed me financially we were able to extend our trip by a day seeing as how my finances would have allowed no room for any extra besides gas and food for the trip home. in conclusion GOD used our bishop blake to conform his love for me and to let me know GOD is pleased with my walk amen he has brought us from a mighty long way and has ordained people to help us along the way amen.thank you bishop blake

  7. 7 Jerry February 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Bishop Blake’s preaching is watered down most of the time, very emotional, and is mainly entertainment but no real substance. Not to mention he has endorsed the Obama health care bill which would allow for the government to pay for abortions. Blake has also been involved with ecumenism, promoting interfaith relationships with not only other denominations but other religions as well, this is a direct contradiction to scripture. It is very hard to believe that he has become Bishop considering how morally weak he appears to be.

    • 8 allan jackson May 3, 2010 at 4:17 am

      has anyone heard about the vision bishop charles blake had in 2008 around april may or june anyways there is alot of controversy behind that it makes me look at the bishop alittle bit different because that vision got out sometimes you should keep things to yourself because ur actions can make you look like your preying on people anyways GODBLESS BISHOP!!!!!

  8. 9 Persie Gabatshwane August 25, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Hi,Bishop am happy to have had oppotunity to listen to your speach in Lusaka Zambia,Africa. I am from Gaborone Botswana,Africa.I am so blessed.thank you and God Bless you.

  9. 10 Stephanie Clemons September 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm


    I have heard a disturbing rumor that Bishop Charles E. Blake and Mrs. Mae Blake are divorced. Is this true?

    Thank you.

    Stephanie Clemons

  10. 11 Vinnie Hatton November 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Dear Bishop Charles E. Blake
    I am strongly concerned about the overall state of St. Louis Mo.
    Illigel Gun, Drugs, Pregnancy Rate & Abortions, Education. Please email me so I can express my thoughts., and possible solutions.
    Please Help!


  11. 12 Audrey Simmons - God's Chosen Saint February 12, 2012 at 4:10 am

    My only regret is that I didn’t learn of Bishop Charles E. Blake sooner. Right now I want to learn as much from him as I possibly can. He seems to have a lot of wisdom that comes across in all of the sermons I’ve heard from him so far. I hope God blesses me with many many more years of learning under him.

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