William O. Blakely

Founder at Jurisdictional Youth

Jurisdictional Youth
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Last Updated 8/25/2006

General Information

Employment History

Chief Executive Officer  - Faith Temple Human Services Corp.

Chairman of Directors for the International Music Department  - Church of Christ

Bishop  - 

Pastor  - Faith Temple Church of God


Board Member  - Habitat for Humanity

Advisory Board  - Indiana State Prison

Web References  

Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana - Bishop Milton Hall

Marion; district Sunday School superintendent, state chairman of Sunday School department, chairman of public relations, district superintendent, administrative assistant of First Jurisdiction under Bishop William O. Blakely; Chisca Headquarters renovation committee, national renovation of church property committee and official commissioner COGIC Inc.International Constitutional Convention.In November 1988 he was appointed Bishop of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Indiana.Under his leadership, First Jurisdiction became unparalleled.He established the Mother Betty Hall Fine Arts Department and the Scholastic Motivational Ministries; instituted the church extension and scholarship banquet to financially aid pastors and to assist deserving students in the jurisdiction of their pursuit in higher education; established Grace Memorial Institutional Church as jurisdictional headquarters and also established the Jurisdictional Youth and Family Retreat.

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Neighbors - Post-Tribune (Gary)

His father, the late Bishop William Blakely Sr., was pastor of the Faith Temple Church until he died in 1990.That was when Blakely assumed the position. Blakely served in the Army for two years and has a long history of service to his church and community.With the church, he has taken on many projects and positions.He has served as the state and district minister of music, was chairman of the board of directors for the International Music Department of the Church of Christ in God, served as the CEO for the Faith Temple Human Services Corp. and for the Faith Temple Community Development Corp., just to name a few. In the community, he has been active with many programs and groups. Blakely has been a board member for Habitat for Humanity and the Advisory Board of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.His other memberships include the Urban League and NAACP.He is a past president of the police commission and was recently recognized by Harrah's Casino for outstanding community service. Blakely inherited his love of gospel from his father, who had been the first state minister of music.He began singing and playing as a child. According to Blakely, he and his wife have done some small, local recording projects, but hoped for many years that they could do a larger, more nationwide recording project. "(The live recording) was more than a recognition of work; it was a realization of a lifelong dream," Blakely said. Dorothy Hill of East Chicago has known Blakely and his family for 50 years.

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June 24, 2011

     Retired Methodist minister William Blakely eulogized Bill with stories of a lifetime of friendship, shared ministry and love.

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