Senior Pastor

conference photo of Rev. Tina BlakeRev. Christina Blake

Rev. Blake is our Senior Pastor and primary preaching pastor for Sunday morning traditional (liturgical) and contemporary (SonSpirit) worship services. She also provides oversight, leadership, and vision for the church.

If you have a pastoral concern, you may contact Rev. Blake by calling 302-368-8774 Mon.–Fri. during regular business hours. If you’d simply like to send her a message that is not sensitive in nature, contact us.

About the Pastor

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

It is so exciting to be serving Newark United Methodist Church.

I was born in Washington, D.C., and am the youngest of four children. My formative years were spent in Prince George’s County, Md. After graduating from high school, I attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development (Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy). Shortly after graduating, I enrolled at Bowie State University where I earned a Master of Arts in Psychology.

I met my husband, Marty, while in college, and we were married in 1987. We have two wonderful, beautiful, almost perfect children, Sierra and Shane. Sierra is 27 years old and lives in Japan, where she teaches English. Shane is 24 years old and lives in Baltimore, where he works for a valet company. We are reluctantly now empty nesters!

I received my call to ministry in 2000 at the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference and was off to seminary that fall. During my time in seminary, I served as a Pastoral Intern at Kent Island (Md.) United Methodist Church. After completing seminary and receiving a Master of Divinity degree in 2004, Bishop Peter Weaver appointed me to the Church Hill-Price (Md.) Charge, where I served for eight amazing years. In 2007, I was ordained an Elder by Bishop Marcus Matthews. In 2012, Bishop Peggy Johnson appointed me to Grace United Methodist Church in Cambridge, Md., where I served for six years until God called me to Newark.

My theology for ministry is love. Love God and love each other. I believe if we do that to the best of our ability, everything else will fall into place.