The Greater Allen Cathedral’s operations are a national paradigm of church-centered, faith based, public/private community educational and economic development. Further, Allen’s administrative structure, efficiency, and development efforts have increasingly attracted international and national recognition in print and electronic media. He and the church have been profiled on CNN, CBS, BET, C-Span, PBS, and in Time, Black Enterprise, Ebony, the New York Times, Readers Digest and Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He is a proponent of quality education and market oriented community and economic development through speeches and lectures in corporate settings, policy forums, seminaries and divinity schools and countless other forums. He has lectured internationally and taught at the Harvard Divinity School’s Annual Summer Leadership Institute. Under the Reverend Flake’s leadership, and true to its Christian doctrine of self-help and communal responsibility, Allen Church has provided resources and guidance for innumerable faith-based and secular institutions. Its net assets are valued at over $100 million.
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.
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-two years, and are the parents of four adult children. They have one granddaughter.