Wednesday, February 27, 2008

People Profile: Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake

Long recognized as a powerful preacher, teacher and role model with a gift for reaching worshippers of all ages, the Reverend Margaret Elaine M. Flake has been impacting the many lives she touches at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral (GAC) and throughout the country. She has dedicated her life to the betterment of others by leading Christian education, evangelistic and outreach ministries.

Fondly called Reverend Elaine by the GAC congregation, she was instrumental in developing the Allen Women's Resource Center which houses women who are victims of domestic violence; the Allen Prison Ministry, and many other of the 102 ministries at the GAC that serve both church and community. She acts as Advisor to the Missionary Department and as Advisor/Coordinator of the Allen Women's Ministry Department. Each year over 1,000 women from across the country and the Caribbean attend the retreats she hosts. Reverend Elaine has played a crucial role in increasing the membership of The Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral to 20,000+. She mentors many prominent leaders in the New York City area and is frequently invited to speak throughout the country.

Dr. Flake is the author of the popular book, "God In Her Midst: Preaching Healing to Hurting Women" and has contributed to the "Women of Color Study Bible" and "Souls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories, and Heal Their Spirits." She and her husband, the Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake authored two books, "Practical Virtues: Everyday Values and Devotions for African American Families Learning to Live With All Our Souls" published in 2003 by Harper Collins and "African American Church Management Handbook," published in 2005 by Judson Press.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Flake earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a Master of Arts Degree in English from Boston University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She was awarded the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio as well as numerous citations and awards. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; The Links, Incorporated; and the National Council of Negro Women.
Dr. Elaine Flake will be having a Women's Conference in Philadelphia April 17-19th. The following interview will help shed additional light on that conference, Dr. Flake, and her ministry to hurting women. Dr. Flake will be speaking this weekend in Louisville at the St. Stephen Church Women of Wisdom Conference along with Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook and Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart. Win tickets with Bill Price tomorrow morning 6A-9A, and Min. Angela Lee Price Friday morning on the Bill Price Morning Show on 1350 WLOU, Louisville's Praise and Worship Station!

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!


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