Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., was elected to serve as co-chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA).
Bishop Blake is the pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, one of the largest churches in the Western United States, with a membership of over 25,000.
As a member of the Executive Committee, he joins PCCNA Chairperson Assemblies of God Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison; PCCNA President Jeff Farmer; Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada General Superintendent David Wells, treasurer; and Foursquare Church Chief Operating Officer Sterling Bracket, secretary.
The PCCNA Executive Board also includes the following as Members-At-Large: Church of God General Overseer Bishop Mark Williams; Assemblies of God USA General Superintendent George Wood; United Holy Church of America Bishop Elijah Williams; National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriguez; International Pentecostal Holiness Church General Overseer Bishop Doug Beacham and Grupo Unidad President Fermin Garcia.
“The PCCNA Board of Administration was honored to elect Bishop Blake unanimously to serve as their new co-chairperson for a three year term effective February 2016,” said Farmer. “Bishop Blake is a statesman and community transformer. We’re honored that he is carving out time in his busy schedule to partner with us in our vision to demonstrate unity in the power of the Spirit.”
PCCNA represents over 40,000 Pentecostal / Charismatic Christian congregations in Canada, the U.S.A and Mexico.
Bishop Blake 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. On April 6, 2009, in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama sought Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. to serve on his 25-person White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The appointment is a testament to his passion for the community and his desire to unite all people for the common good.
In response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, Bishop Blake founded the Pan African Children’s Fund (PACF). Save Africa’s Children, a program of PACF, has provided support to over 420 orphan care programs, 200,000 children in 24 nations throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Bishop Blake 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.
Second only to his call as a minister of the Gospel, Bishop Blake says his most treasured accomplishments are those of a devoted husband to Lady Mae Lawrence Blake, and a loving father and grandfather to their three children and eight grandchildren.