NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Homegoing services are pending for the Bishop Robert Charles Blakes, Sr., who has gone home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 11, 2013. He was 74.
Bishop Blakes’s biography is below (gleaned from his web site http://www.prophetblakes.com):
Pastor and General Overseer Bishop Robert Charles Blakes, Sr. of the New Home Full Gospel Ministries in New Orleans, Louisiana; His lovely wife, Minister Lois R. Blakers, and their two sons, Robert, Jr. and Samuel Blakes, work hand-in-hand with him in the ministry of the Lord.
Prophet Blakes boldly pioneered the movement of African American ministries in 1979 into televangelism in the city of New Orleans, when he began broadcasting on local channel 26. In 1984, he began airing nationally on BET Broadcasting Network.
On July 16, 1992, he was instrumental in organizing the Full Gospel Baptist Association, presently known as the “Free Spirit Interdenominational Fellowship.” A total of 15 pastors and ministers joined him in the fulfillment of this great vision.
On August 6, 1993, his vision expanded to purchase KKNO 750 AM Radio Station, the only locally owned African American Christian radio station in New Orleans.
On August 27, 1993, Prophet Blakes accepted God’s call to the office of Bishop under the authority of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. Through his leadership, nine church ministries, comprised of over 15,000 members, developed throughout the cities of Houston, New Orleans, Hammond, LaPlace and Slidell, with a tenth location preparing to launch in North Baton Rouge. This location will host the new headquarters for the Robert C. Blakes, Sr. Medica Ministry, originally formed in 1995 to promote the vision of the Prophet through various media sources.
In October of 1994, he established the Free Spirit Christian Bookstore in New Orleans to serve the congregation and ministry needs.
On January 3, 1999, Prophet Blakes, who authored many life-changing books, particularly in the areas of healing, deliverance and the operation of God’s anointing, established the Robert C. Blakes, Sr. Bible College and Theological Seminary. The school officially opened October 11, 1999 with an active and growing student enrollment.
On February 24, 2000 Upscale Magazine paid tribute to Bishop Blakes, naming him one of the nation’s most prominent black ministers and spiritual leaders.