Dr. Flake earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min.) from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH and holds a B.A. from Wilberforce University with additional studies at Payne Theological Seminary and Northeastern University School of Business. He also has numerous honorary degrees including: Boston University, Fisk University, Lincoln University (PA), and Cheney State (PA).
Before assuming the pastorate of Allen Church, Reverend Flake served in various capacities at Boston University; Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and concurrently as Interim Dean of the Chapel, and Dean of Students. This followed successful stints as Associate Dean of Students at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and Marketing Analyst for the Xerox Corporation.
Dr. Flake serves as a member of the following boards: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission; The Bipartisan Policy Commission on Political Reform; The President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Advisory Committee on Banking Policy; The New York City Investment Fund Civic Capital Corporation; The Fannie Mae Foundation; and, the Bank of America National Advisory Board and The Princeton Review. Flake is also a former Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Social and Economic Policy, an Adjunct Fellow on the Advisory Board of The Brookings Institute Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, and a member of The NYC 2012 Olympic Committee. He is also a former columnist for the New York Post.
The Rev. Flake authored a best-selling book, “The Way of the Bootstrapper: Nine Action Steps for Achieving Your Dreams.” He and his wife Elaine co-authored the book, “Practical Virtues: Everyday Values and Devotions for African American Families”, published by Harper Collins. His latest book the “African American Church Management Handbook”, published by Judson Press was released in December 2005.
The Flakes have been married for forty years, and are the parents of four adult children. They have one granddaughter.