Bishop Bruce Blake
After serving a church in New Jersey while attending Drew University, he served a two-point charge, Ransom-Brownell, in Kansas, from 1962-67. He was pastor at Herington, Kansas, from 1967-69, director of the first cooperative ministry in the Kansas West Conference, the Tri-County Cooperative Ministry at Herrington, from 1968-69. He served as Program Director for the Kansas West Conference from 1969-74, and as Senior Pastor at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Derby, from 1974-84. From 1984-88 he served as President of Southwestern College, Winfield, KS.
He married the former Karen Eileen Miers in 1957; the couple has three sons: Steven Keith, Scott Douglas, Darin Paul, and four grandchildren.
Dr. Blake was elected to the episcopacy in 1988 by the South Central Jurisdiction, and assigned to the Dallas Area; in 1996 he was assigned to the Oklahoma Area, where he served until his retirement in 2004.