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
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
Dorothy Hill of East Chicago has known Blakely
and his family for 50 years.