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The Reverend Dr. Margaret Elaine M. Flake is the senior pastor of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York. Reverend Elaine, as she is lovingly called by the congregation, has been impacting the many lives she touches at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in New York City, where she served as co-pastor with the Reverend Floyd H. Flake, Pastor Emeritus, until May 2020. Upon the retirement of Dr. Floyd Flake, she received an appointment as Senior Pastor. She continues to dedicate her life to the betterment of others by leading in Christian education, evangelistic, and outreach ministries.
The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York is one of the nation’s foremost Christian churches in the United States. The church is listed among the top twenty churches in America in Outreach Magazine’s Annual Survey. The church also owns expansive commercial and residential developments; a private pre-school founded by the Reverends Drs. Floyd & Elaine Flake and, and various commercial and social enterprises which has placed it among the nation’s most productive religious and urban development institutions. The church is one of the Borough of Queens largest private sector employers. The Greater Allen Cathedral’s operations have been a national paradigm of church-centered, faith based, public/private community educational and economic development. Further, Allen’s administrative structure, efficiency, and development efforts have increasingly attracted international and national recognition in print and electronic media. The church as has been profiled on CNN, CBS, BET, C-Span, PBS, and in Time, Black Enterprise, Ebony, The New York Times, Readers Digest, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. The church has one of the largest outreach ministries in New York City through its Food Pantry and Feeding Program, which distributes over 105,000 meals and pantry bags weekly, Christmas toy giveaway, which distributes over 5000 toys annually, and its sneaker and backpack giveaway, which distributes over 1000 sneakers and backpacks, respectively, annually.
Under the Rev. Margaret Elaine M. Flake’s leadership, and true to its Christian doctrine of self-help and communal responsibility, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York has provided resources and guidance for innumerable faith-based and secular institutions.

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