Bishop Charles Blake (File photo)

Presiding Bishop Emeritus Charles E. Blake will be honored during a one-night gala entitled “Blessing of the Elders” on Thursday, June 23, at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

Blessing of the Elders will pay tribute to the faith-filled legacy of the Black Church and its historical and modern-day figures whose contributions have been foundational to America’s faith, culture and history.

Honorees will also include Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. A.R. Bernard, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dr. Tony Evans, Bishop Vashti McKenzie and Dr. John Perkins. Also, Erica Campbell and Bebe Winans will perform.

Blake is the senior pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in South Los Angeles. Under his leadership, the membership has grown to more than 20,000, and the church operates scores of outreach ministries benefitting the greater community.

Blessing of the Elders emerged from discussions between influential Black pastors in America and the Museum of the Bible Chief Relations Officer Dr. Jon Sharpe.  “The goal,” said Sharpe, “is to highlight the significant history of the Black Church and the indispensable and symbiotic role the Bible played in this powerful American story. We can’t find our way to a hopeful future without understanding our past.”

Blessing of the Elders’ is executive produced by Hope Allen, Living Hope Productions.

To learn more, visit