Blake Western was born in Wayne, Oklahoma but grew up in Purcell. He was a pastor in Oklahoma for six years before going to Japan where he served as a missionary from 1966 - 2000. Not only was he a preacher, but he used music in his ministry. Even today he has many opportunities to play the piano. Now retired he sings in the choir of his church and serves as the organist. He travels to various countries on short-term mission trips where he has been teaching a class on the Preeminence of Christ for the past ten years.