Pastor Kyle Blake believes that everyone has value and worth, no matter who they are or where they come from. Pastor Kyle serves as the sole pastor at The Gathering Lutheran Church in downtown Long Beach, CA, where he proudly bears the title Lutheran Pastor to the people of Long Beach. His passion for walking with formerly incarcerated and gang impacted individuals was born out of a neighborhood Bible study that he hosted in his home for local gang members and their families. It was there, sitting around his dining room table, he began to realize that these men and women were not any different than him. He also realized that there was a need for an organization in Long Beach to walk with formerly incarcerated and gang impacted individuals and help them realize they have value and worth, despite their affiliation or criminal record. After talking with Jose and Miguel, who shared the same vision for a local Long Beach organization, Restore INK was born.
Pastor Kyle currently lives in downtown Long Beach with his wife and two boys. Many people find it odd that Pastor Kyle has never been to jail, never been arrested, and his dad is actually a retired police officer; but he loves walking with formerly incarcerated and gang impacted individuals, learning from them, and watching them use their gifts and talents to bless others.
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