John W. Blake was born September 17, 1925 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and went to be with the Lord January 2, 2010.
John became a Christian while serving in World War II. Following his military service, John attended Gordon College in Massachusetts. He also took classes from Luther Rice Seminary correspondence and Golden Gate Seminary Extension.
He pastored two circuits of three churches while in Maine from 1952 to 1964. After traveling to Utah, he met and married Margaret Grace Ward on May 14, 1966. They had two children and three grandchildren. While in Utah, John started and pastored several churches. John and his wife were appointed missionaries in 1974 to the Ute Indians through the North American Mission Board. In 1983, John and his family relocated to Idaho, where he started new churches until his retirement in 1991.