Presiding Bishop Emeritus Charles E. Blake of West Angeles Church of God in Christ has announced the elevation of his son, Elder Charles Blake II, to co-pastor of the mega-ministry. Bishop Blake announced that the appointment— a joint collaboration between Bishop Blake, Jurisdictional Bishop Joe Louis Ealy, and the West Angeles Board of Directors will play a critical role in helping to guide the future of West Angeles in the 21st century as the church completes several monumental projects, including its Family Life Center, which is under construction.
“Elder Blake II has greatly contributed to the success of West Angeles by working in senior executive and administrative positions for nearly 20 years. His keen intellect and business acumen are only overshadowed by his deep love of Christ and His people,” said Bishop Blake.
“We are blessed that he is willing to assume added responsibilities in directing the growth and management of our great church and I believe God, as well as the congregation, will be highly pleased with the multitude of gifts and talents that he will bring as the co-pastor.”
Born and raised in the church, Elder Blake II previously served as the assistant pastor and director of community relations at West Angeles. A graduate of Oral Robert University, he received his Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, which is also the alma mater of Bishop Blake.
As the son of Bishop and Lady Mae Blake, he is well acquainted with the commitment and sacrifice required of ministers and their families. Reflecting on the godly example that his parents set, he said, “Bishop and Lady Mae are not only gifts to our family and the church, but also to the entire world. His legacy has little to do with attaining a large edifice and membership. He has stated, ‘If you meet the needs of God’s people, they will come to your church.’ He is, and will continue to be, a great pastor and role model for all.”
Elder Charles is married to Lady DeAndra Blake. They are the parents of two sons, Charles III and Julian.
West Angeles COGIC is the one of the largest ministries in the nation, with a membership exceeding 20,000. In October 2019, Bishop Blake announced that West Angeles had sold several properties to construct its Family Life Center, pay off the mortgage on the Cathedral, establish a financial reserve and contribute to the improvement and development of the Crenshaw Corridor.
“Paying off the Cathedral’s mortgage ensures that the Crenshaw Corridor will forever have a house of worship that cares about its community,” Bishop Blake said.
Caption: From left are Presiding Bishop Emeritus Charles E. Blake, Elder Charles Blake II and Jurisdictional Bishop Joe Louis Ealy. (Photo credit: Nathan Brown/West Angeles COGIC)