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.
Dr. Flake is an itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She and her husband, the Reverend Floyd H. Flake founded the Allen Christian School in 1982. This is a leading Christian educational institution, which provides a competitive education and special curriculum for young Christians, grades Pre-K through eight. The school currently enrolls over 500 African American students.
Fondly called Reverend Elaine by the GAC congregation, she was instrumental in developing the Allen Women's Resource Center which houses women and children who are victims of domestic violence; the Allen Prison Ministry, and many other of the 100 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. In 2006, the conference attendees raised $64,000 for Women of Darfur; and, in 2010 they raised $20,000 for Women in Haiti. Reverend Elaine has played a crucial role in increasing the membership of The Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral to over 15 thousand. She mentors many male and female 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 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. She has received numerous citations and awards. Most recently, The Alumni Trailblazers Award was conferred upon her by Union Seminary. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; The Links, Incorporated; and the National Council of Negro Women. She currently serves as the National Chaplain of the The Links, Inc.
Married for more than 35 years, the Flakes are the parents of four adult children: Aliya, Nailah, Robert Rasheed, and Harold Hasan. She has one granddaughter, Nia Renee.