Elder James Blake is a native of Durham, North Carolina. He is the third of five children. At a very early age he showed a great love for academics and music. He was educated in the Durham Public Schools, Hillside High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
While a student at UNC he joined the Black Student Movement Gospel Choir and was a member during his four-year tenure at the university. Also, while a student he became affiliated with the White Rock United Holy Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He served in many capacities in the church including Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, Trustee, Minister of Music and eventually preacher of the Gospel. All of this was done under the leadership of the late Elder Robert A. Siler.
Elder Blake preached his initial sermon in January 2001 and was licensed in the United Holy Church in 2002. He was assigned to the Guiding Light United Holy Church, Graham, North Carolina in August of 2004 where he served for twelve years and was ordained an Elder in July 2005. He has served as an Assistant District Elder and on the Board of Presbytery.
Currently Elder Blake serves as the pastor of the Fisher Memorial United Holy Church in Durham, North Carolina. He also serves as a District Elder and as a member of the Board of Elders for the Western North Carolina District of the United Holy Church of America.
Elder Blake has been married to Minister Sabrena Mervin-Blake for 24 years and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Taylor, who is a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.