Blake O'Brien

Director of Thrift Store Ministries

Born and raised in Newport News, Blake left the area after high school to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Blake would settle down in Roanoke, Va after graduating with a degree in Psychology and, more importantly, getting married to Andrea Villaneda. Blake began his career in Roanoke working in the mental health field involving counseling with children, adults, and families. After spending 7 years in Roanoke, Blake was called to return to his hometown with his family to serve at the mission in a full time capacity.

Blake served many summers at Camp Open Arms through the Rescue Mission, and always felt a calling to use the talents that God gave him in a Christian environment. The Lord opened many doors and called Blake into the position of Director of Thrift Store Ministries at the Rescue Mission in October of 2015. He enjoys the opportunity to be able to work with the men at the store each day, helping them grow in their walk with the Lord. Andrea continues to be Blake's teammate in this ministry and life, as they raise their children Juliet, Isabel, and J.T.