Brief Bio

I am not really a hamster.

My name is Graham Blaikie. I was born and grew up (chronologically, at least) in New Zealand. My parents, both heroes of mine, had been missionaries in Kenya, so I grew up in a strong Christian family, and came to faith in a fairly powerful encounter with Christ at a camp in the Hunua Ranges.

I studied at Azusa Pacific College as a 16-year-old for one semester then returned to NZ for about 9 months and pondered what God would have me do with my life and concluded that a good start might be to learn something about the Bible.

The next three fantastic years were spent at Moody Bible Institute, where I fell in love with Scripture, theology and a diminutive redhead named Doreen. We married and then I attended Simon Greenleaf School of Law, where I obtained an M.A. in Apologetics.

Then next ten years were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in New Zealand, discipling students at Auckland University.

While on CCC 'seminary staff,' we returned to the States on a full academic scholarship through the Lamb Foundation. I did a Th.M at Dallas Theological Seminary, after which we returned again to NZ with CCC for 1 more year, then pastored (co-senior pastor, then senior pastor) at Auckland Bible Church in NZ for almost 8 years.

In February 2007, our family of six moved to Stoughton, Wisconsin, where I was honored to be Lead Pastor at LakeView Church for almost 10 years.

Currently, I work part-time at Wintrust Mortgage in Madison, and do a bit of pulpit supply in local churches. I have completed all of my class work in the Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and am working on my dissertation/major project which will center on the Pathways curriculum I've been privileged to teach in the arid region of Turkana, northwestern Kenya. My topic: Doers, Not Just Hearers: Traning Turkana Pastors to Accurately Apply Their Sermons with their Kenyan Congregations. 

Doreen and I have been married 34 years and have four kids ages 18-29, two of whom live in NZ.

I am privileged to have an incredible Savior, wife and kids, but a lousy American accent. The End.