Pastor Earnestine Blakley is a native of Steele, Missouri—located in the Missouri Boot Hill. She currently resides in St. Joseph, Missouri with her husband, Charles Blakley; they have two adult sons—Charles Jr. and Andrew who live in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Pastor Earnestine Blakley is the Pastor and Founder of Hope Fellowship Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Pastor Earnestine—along with the help and support of her husband, Charles—founded this non-denominational church on June 4, 2009. The mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that others may know Him and make Him known through Evangelism, Worship and Discipleship.
In addition, Pastor Earnestine is the founder and President of H.O.P.E. Outreach Ministries, Inc., founded on June 13, 1994. (H.O.P.E. is an acronym for Helping Other People Excel.) The mission of this outreach ministry is to help the hurting and the needy find hope and spiritual nourishment through God’s Word. The mission is to help promote literacy among children, youth, and adults. Pastor Earnestine and numerous volunteers read storybooks to children at Apartment Complexes during the summer months. During the school year, she arranges for students from local schools to visit the elderly in Nursing Homes so they can interact through games and conversation. Some of the objectives of the reading outreach are to promote literacy; build relationships; foster volunteerism; and to break down generational, socio-economic, cultural, and denominational barriers.
Pastor Earnestine Blakley taught in the St. Joseph School District for 14 years. During the 1991-92 school year, she was named St. Joseph Teacher of the Year and the Missouri State Teacher of the Year. She has served on the National Education Panel for Energizer Battery, the State Committee for America 2000, the State Commission on Performance, and the National Writing Team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During her teaching career, she was named “Woman of Distinction” for the Midland Empire Girl Scout Council; she has been listed in the World’s Who’s Who of Women, and the Who’s Who in American Education; she was nominated for the Walt Disney American Teacher Awards and wasa National Finalist for Project Self-Esteem in 1993.
In 2005 Pastor Earnestine Blakley was inducted into the Black Archives Hall of Fame in St. Joseph, Missouri. On April 20, 2011, she received the Roy Blunt Literacy Citation and on April 18, 2012, she received the Missouri Humanities Exemplary Community Achievement Award for Youth Literacy from the Missouri Humanities Council in Jefferson City, Missouri.
On June 21, 2018, Pastor Earnestine Blakley received the YWCA’s Woman of Excellence in the Workplace award at the Civic Arena in St. Joseph, Missouri. On Monday, July 29, 2019, Pastor Earnestine received the Missouri Pioneer in Education award presented by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Tan-Tara at the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri; this award was in recognition of distinguished and devoted service to public education in Missouri. On May 20, 2020, Pastor Earnestine received the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.
Currently, Pastor Earnestine Blakley has a weekly ministry on KQ2 TV every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. In foreign ministry, Pastor Earnestine has preached and ministered in Guatemala, Venezuela, and the Bahamas.
Pastor Earnestine Blakley has a Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri; a Master of Science Degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri; Credentialing as an Ordained Minister from Global University of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri; and a Writing Diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Redding Ridge, Connecticut.
Pastor Earnestine Blakley is the author of two books—
BUILDING GODLY HABITSpublished in 2015 and IN IT TO WIN ITpublished in 2017. Both books were published by Inkwater Press in Portland, Oregon.
Books by Pastor Earnestine Blakley