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Blake Sanders

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly out weighs them and will last forever! 1So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Having grown up in Newcastle, Oklahoma, Blake was blessed with a Christian family that took him to Church every chance they could. When Blake was a freshman in high school, his dad led a family Bible study about the Fruit of the Spirit. In this lesson, the Lord convicted him, and he repented of his sins, and surrendered his life to Christ.

Growing up Blake desired to pursue a career in sports medicine. However, God had other plans. Blake’s freshman year, he was called to vocational ministry at a Super Summer. Ever since, he has pursued his call to ministry. Blake graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2024 with his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies, and served at a church in that area as a music and youth minister.

On Blake’s first day at Oklahoma Baptist, he met his future wife, Kenzie. They have been happily married since January 7, 2023. They enjoy spending time together by watching TV, playing games, and drinking coffee.

In his spare time, Blake likes to do anything outdoors. He enjoys fishing, playing golf and disc golf, working out, and playing/watching any sports. He likes to watch the Sooners, Yankees, and Thunder games with his dad and brothers.

His main goals in ministry are for students to know Christ and to equip them to make Him known. Blake wants to help shape their worldview, and for students to put their identity in Jesus. Blake strives to lead students to be rooted in their faith, and to help them make disciples.

Blake’s Favorite verse: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:
"16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."