Bishop Aaron Blake was not prepared for the chat he had with a 15-year-old boy named Melvin who was in the foster care system. What followed took Bishop Blake and his wife on a journey they never expected.
Bishop Aaron Blake
Bishop Aaron Charles Blake Sr. is the proud husband of Mary O. Blake, whom he has been happily wedded to for forty-two years. He is the proud father of eight wonderful children, three daughters–in-law and eight grandchildren.
Bishop Blake brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the ministry. In 2000, he was a bi-vocational pastor serving as a guidance counselor at Brownwood High School. One student named Melvin needed a place to call home and asked Bishop Blake for help. Having raised six children already, he and his wife, Mary, were experienced empty nesters. They opened their home, and life changed. A year later, the Blakes had six, new foster sons who all played on the Brownwood High football team. Mary said she couldn’t cook dinner fast enough.
The Blake’s experience and leadership ignited a call within Greater Faith Community Church to care for US orphans. Over the next decade, this faithful church of less than 200 members became family to scores of children previously living in the foster care system. As the movement grew stronger, other ministry leaders and state leaders took note.
The Bishop and Mary launched Harvest Family Life Ministry in 2003. They have been successful in their campaign for children to carry their message into seven states including Hawaii teaching and training state staff and church leaders the faith-based concepts of marring church and state in the quest equip the church to meet the needs of children from prevention to permanency. Through this model of teaching and recruitment, they have helped find homes for many children throughout Texas and other states.
The last two years Bishop Blake has chaired The Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children (ACPAMC), a church/state partnership committed to providing family for Texas children in need. Last week, Aaron was selected to receive the national CWLA Community Partnership Award for his “great support of and work with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.” This collaboration is quickly becoming a model adopted in other states like Michigan and Hawaii.
“One of the answers to changing the outcomes of thousands of children is the church. The heartbeat of God is to care for widows (broken families) and orphans,” explains Blake.
Bishop Aaron C. Blake is a servant with many visions and accomplishments, who trusts in God to lead and guide him as he leads others to discover their Harvest.