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L.A. City Council expected to approve naming intersection for pastor


LOS ANGELES, Calif.–A proposal to name the intersection of Jefferson and Crenshaw boulevards in Jefferson Park for Bishop Charles E. Blake, the pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, is expected to be approved today.

The more than 24,000-member church is adjacent to the intersection.

Blake has also been presiding bishop of the General Assembly of the 6.5 million-member Church of God in Christ since 2007.

Councilman Herb Wesson, who introduced the motion, said Blake’s “whole life is dedicated to loving others more than himself.”

Blake is chief executive officer of Save Africa’s Children, described by Wesson as having assisted more than 300 grassroots and faith-based projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, reaching more than 90,000 AIDS-affected children. It also supports more than 100,000 children in 340 orphan care programs in Africa.

Blake was also the founding chairman of the Board of Directors of the C.H. Mason Theological Seminary and served as an executive committee member on the Board of Directors of the Interdenominational Theological Seminary.

Blake was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.