Charles Edward Johnson (Pastor CeJay) leads one of the most prominent gospel radio stations in the country, owns several small businesses, and oversees a nonprofit organization that has impact thousands.
He serves as Director of KOKA, The Heart of Gospel. The radio station has been in existence since 1950, the first urban radio station in the City of Shreveport and the second in the state of Louisiana. Generations grew up listening to KOKA, so it enjoys over thirty-five thousand terrestrial listeners within the market and thousands worldwide. He also serves as Chairman of CJ Ministries and CEO of CJ Enterprises. He believes in helping people reach their destiny; you have to meet people where they are in life. He does that through ministry, media, and the marketplace.
Pastor CeJay is an influential public figure due to this work over the last 16 years in the pulpit, radio, business, gospel music industry, and the local community. His radio show is one of the top-rated in the market, and the brand has generated over two million in revenue.
Faithful to the call:
For 16 years, people's lives have become better due to the ministry of CeJay. Through his ministry, people have been healed, delivered, and set free but, most importantly, discovered their purpose in the will of God. His ministry has been featured in print publications and on television. He remains a charismatic yet humble man in ministry.
In 2018, a senior statesman within his community - Dr. Harry Blake, recognized Pastor CeJay at the City-Wide Revival as a "promising future for clergy." He has been fortunate to minister in over 100 churches throughout the city, parish, and beyond. Much of his success in ministry comes from his grandfather, Pastor M. L. Johnson, Sr. who's been in ministry for 50 plus years. In 2011, Pastor CeJay started Faith Chapel with minimum resources. It was his first church that bore many great lessons for his ministry. Being a novice at pastoring, he eventually closed the church. The closure of the church led to Pastor CeJay experiencing mental depression in 2016. By the grace of God and with help from his grandfather, he was able to recover. He realizes that all preachers' journeys and experiences are different, but he also realized he must remain faithful to the call.
Today, Charles Johnson Ministries has evolved into a nonprofit organization that uplifts the community through empowerment, employment, and community engagement while providing necessary resources to those in need. Pastor CeJay serves as chairman.
In October 2015, he created CeJay Enterprises of Louisiana. Later on, the company officially registered as a limited liability company within the State of Louisiana - May 2017. The company's creation was to manage the businesses and events owned by Pastor CeJay.
He's organized some of the most successful events and concerts within Shreveport. He's responsible for bringing LeAndria Johnson, Jermaine Dolly, Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson, Joshua Rogers, The Walls Groups, and many more high profile gospel artists to Shreveport. Women of Worth, PraiseFest, IAM Gospel Talent Show, Pre-Mother's Day, Preachers Rally, etc., are some of the events that have blessed thousands of people. Every year Pastor CeJay and his team host events and concerts.
He owns Tax Gurus and Charlie Mac Productions, headquartered in his hometown of Shreveport, LA. He's built these companies into nearly seven-figure generating companies. Both of these companies are managed under CeJay Enterprises and annually employs 30 plus full-time and part-time employees.
Voice on the radio:
Throughout the gospel industry, you'll hear Pastor CeJay's name mentioned as the "gatekeeper" for gospel music in the Shreveport market. He started in radio, barely having a chance to bring gospel music to a hip-hop radio station. Now, he's the first of his generation to become a manager of a major media outlet in the market. He oversees a 24-hour gospel radio station. That station is 980 AM / 93.3 FM - KOKA. Under his leadership, he revived the station, expanded its listener base, grew its social media following, increased the station revenue, and brought a diverse talent to the station. Every day, listeners call in, come by the station, or stop him in public, offering compliments to the great work he's doing with the station.
The station is known for its solid listening base and now the digital base. Pastor CeJay's show airs in the afternoon from 3 P. M. - 7 P. M. Also, he has the largest Sunday Morning radio show that can be heard on KOKA, KDKS, and KBTT from 6 A. M. to 10 A. M.
Advocate in the community:
Pastor CeJay uses his voice to advocate for causes that matter to him and the community. He's been a chief advocate and financial supporter for Domestic Violence organizations. Every year he gives to organizations that help domestic violence victims. His mother was a domestic violence victim, and a close family friend was killed on social media due to domestic violence.
Furthermore, he advocates for students to have access to higher education. He's been an advocate and financial supporter for HBCUs through his commitment to Southern University at Shreveport. Every year he gives through the alumni association to help students receive access to higher education.
He speaks out regarding inadequacies that affect his neighborhood - Lakeside and other matters within Shreveport.
Our community is proud to know CeJay as a pastor, entrepreneur, radio extraordinaire, and advocate.
He's the son of Sha Dillard and Johnny Shepard; he has six sisters and two brothers. He loves his grandparents M. L. and Silverine Johnson. Also, Ollie Shepard. Out of all that Pastor, CeJay has achieved thus far; his family continually reminds him to be the best academically by strengthening his family name as many within his family didn't complete their education.
Thus far, he's a proud graduate of C. E. Byrd High School (Diploma), Southern University at Shreveport (Associate Degree) in Business Management, University of Phoenix (Bachelor Degree) in Management, and East Texas Baptist University (Master of Arts Degree) in Christian Ministry. Recently, now he's pursuing a Doctorate in Strategic Communications from Regents University.