Brandon A. Blake is the son of the late Pastor Napoleon and Mrs. Annie Blake. His formative educational experience transpired in Memphis City Schools. Graduating magna cum laude, Pastor Blake earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a minor in Real Estate Finance from LeMoyne-Owen College. While matriculating through LeMoyne-Owen, Pastor Blake garnered numerous awards and recognition’s including Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society, LOC Business Administration Award, National Dean’s List, President’s List, the Tom Joyner Scholarship, Top Real Estate Student Award, and Who’s Who among American College Students. He has several church and community affiliations, including being a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
At age 16, Pastor Blake was ordained by Pastor J.L. Payne of Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Memphis, TN. Pastor Blake served the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church for ten years. Presently, the Lord has honored him with the delight of serving the Mt. Zion Taska Missionary Baptist Church of Cayce, MS. Pastor Blake has named his core pastoral convictions as preaching, building families and communities, and empowerment. His pastoral objective has been to utilize his personal experiences and pastoral commitments to lead unbelievers to Christ and believers in a closer walk with Him. This is accomplished through his emphasis on the pillars of his ministry: Christian Education, Evangelism, Stewardship, and Worship.
Because of his commitment to Christian Education, Pastor Blake relocated to Nashville, TN to further his education at the prestigious Vanderbilt University Divinity School. In the fall of 2008, Pastor Blake completed his master’s thesis titled, A Christian Mandate to Empower: A Practical Guide to Empowerment. It focuses on challenging and redefining religious language in light of the realities of oppression and social ills. For his intense studies in African-American Church culture and religion, Pastor Blake received a Certificate in Black Church Studies from the Kelly Miller Smith Institute at Vanderbilt University. On December 19, 2009, Pastor Blake was conferred with the Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt.
The Lord frequently favors Pastor Blake to utilize his gift of dynamic and anointed preaching across the nation. His preaching style has garnered him attention from ecclesiastical and academic worlds. As a Christian Educator, he is often called upon to teach and lecture at religious institutes.
In December 2009, Pastor Blake was sponsored by the Luce Foundation to serve as a delegate and panelist at the Parliament of the World’s Religions’ 5th Convention held in Melbourne, Australia. The panel discussed Educating Religious Leaders for a Multi-Religious World: Resources for and Obstacles to Multi-Religious Education in One’s Own Tradition.
In 2007, God blessed Pastor Blake in marriage to the love of his life the former Keyonna Keyshun Williams, a native of Kansas City, MO. She holds a Masters in Business Administration. Pastor Brandon and Keyonna have three daughters, Breyonna Jai, Brandy Karis Imani, and Brielle Ann Marie. The Blakes reside in Shelby County, TN. He became pastor of New Sunny Mount Baptist Church in July 2016.