Blair McLain was born in Buffalo, New York on April 18, 1964 to the late Ernest L. McLain and Catharine McLain. I learned my first bible scripture around my mothers bedside at the age of seven (Acts 2:38). I am 3rd generation Church of God in Christ (COGIC). I was filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of seventeen in Decatur Alabama under the leadership of the late Bishop Andrew Cooper Strong of Pentecostal House of Prayer. I then moved to Albion Michigan in 1981. In 1982 I met and married Joann Caldwell at the age of 18. I was under the leadership of Superintendent Lee for one year. I moved back to Atlanta, Georgia where I lived for twenty four years. From this union came three children Devin, Blair jr. and Canaan. I began to teach Sunday school and then Bible class. I traveled exclusively with my father preaching and teaching the gospel throughout the southern and southwestern states. After the passing of the late Bishop E. L. McLain in 2002, I continued traveling and preaching and teaching the gospel until 2006. I then moved to Kalamazoo, MI where I assumed membership under Superintendent Hall in Albion, Michigan. for one year. I later moved my membership to Open Door COGIC in Kalamazoo, MI under Bishop Nathaniel W. Wells where I currently serve.
Our church’s outreach activities have expanded under Pastor Blair McLain. Open Door now assists with Kalamazoo Gospel Mission for over fifteen years, Greater Open Door C.O.G.I.C. Moreover, Greater Open Door has been active in reaching out to Lift up through literacy as well as free breakfast and lunch program.