Pastor, Businessman, and Radio Personality
Charles Edward Johnson is a licensed and ordained minister, Stellar Award-nominated radio announcer, and Chamber of Commerce-recognized businessman. He leads one of the most prominent radio stations in the country, owns several small businesses, and oversees a nonprofit organization that has impacted thousands. We know him as Pastor CeJay.
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. His work has made him an influential figure over the last 18 years in the pulpit, radio, business, and music. His radio show is one of the top-rated in the south, and the brand has generated millions in revenue.
Faithful to the call:
For 18 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 church's closure 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 realizes he must remain faithful to the call.
Today, Charles Johnson Ministries, Inc. 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. The company's creation was to manage the businesses and events owned by Pastor CeJay. Later on, the company officially registered as a limited liability company within the State of Louisiana - in May 2017.
Every year Pastor CeJay and his team host events and concerts. He's organized some of the most successful events and concerts within his area. 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 artists. 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.
He owns CeJay Enterprises of Louisiana, LLC, headquartered in Shreveport, LA. He's built the company into a nearly seven-figure generating company. In addition, he employs 30 plus full-time and part-time employees.
The voice on the radio:
You'll hear Pastor CeJay's name mentioned as the "gatekeeper" for gospel music in Shreveport throughout the music industry. 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. 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 its revenue, and brought a diverse talent to the station. He oversees a 24-hour gospel radio station. Every day, listeners call in, come by the station, or stop him in public, offering compliments on the great work he's doing with the station.
The station is known for its solid listening base and its digital followers. His 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.
In 2022, KOKA was nominated for a Stellar Award in the Medium Market Category, and also Pastor CeJay was nominated for Radio Announcer of the Year.
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. He gives through the alumni association every year to help students receive access to higher education.
Our community is proud to know CeJay as a pastor, entrepreneur, content creator, 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 he 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. Currently, he's pursuing a doctorate in ministry at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.