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Blake's church

First Baptist Church
Crescent City California , 95531

About Blake
  • Education: I graduated with a BA in Bible from Grand Canyon University.
  • Experience: I was called to the ministry in 1983 and have served in 7 Churches over the past 25 years. We began our journey in Oregon, moved to Arizona, and then to California.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Hey, if there’s anything here you can use to glorify God and minister to people then go for it!
  • Family: My wife Lenea and I have been married 25 years. We are now empty-nesters with all three of our children in different parts of the world. Our oldest daughter, Brittany lives in Stockton where she works as a banquet server and a part-time Church Secretary. Our son is in the U.S. Marines and just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. Our younger daughter, Lindsay is a freshman in college at Yellowstone Baptist College in Billings, MT.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My parents were members of my first Church (a Church they started) and so they heard me preach a lot when I was young. When they have visited in later years they have always said good things. Both my sister (Episcopalian) and my brother (Presbyterian) are also in the ministry, and are effective communicators. Dad and Mom have always supported us and encouraged us.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: That they are a reflection of me, my personality, my humor, my passion.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Never preach "at" your people.
  • Books that have had an impact: In His Steps (Charles Sheldon) Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire (Jim Cymbala)
  • Hobbies: I enjoy fishing (again! now that I’m on the coast), playing golf, and playing music.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: In my first Church during the summer we opened the windows because we had no air conditioning. A lady in in the Church was deathly afraid of bees. A bee assumed that an open window was an open invitation, and flew into the window next to where the lady was seated. (I wasn’t aware of any of this as I began my sermon) As I was making a powerful point the bee buzzed right in front of the lady who jumped up into the pew and yelled, "Whoa! Whoa! Help me! Help me!" I would have loved to have kept the bee, that was as much excitement was I’ve ever got during a sermon!
  • What I want on my tombstone: He finished well!
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