Updated: Apr 20
Charles Edward Johnson (Pastor CeJay), one of Shreveport's most influential millennial leaders that use his voice to impact people. To help people reach their destiny, you have to meet people where they are in life. Pastor CeJay has always been "all about people" regardless of where they are in life. Through this approach, he's been able to reach thousands of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, denominations, races, ages, and creeds. The pulpit, radio, and digital media, among others, have helped Pastor CeJay meet the needs of people within his community and various places throughout America.
In 2014, Pastor CeJay became a familiar gospel voice on local radio. He became an announcer for Sunday morning on a hip hop radio station - KBTT 103.7 FM Tha Beat. The show was uplifting, inspirational, and a different presentation of gospel music for all generations. Pastor CeJay excelled beyond the odds of being told he would never be able to do gospel radio on a hip hop station. The station gave him 30 minutes that turned into an hour, which turned into three hours and eventually five hours on Sunday mornings. People loved to hear Pastor CeJay on the radio and were the reason the show grew into a huge success.
Through time and consistency, Pastor CeJay's voice has become the leading voice for gospel music in Shreveport.
Faithful to the call:
For 15 years, people's lives have become better due to the ministry of Pastor CeJay. Through his ministry, people have been healed, delivered, and set free but, most importantly, discovered their purpose in the will of God. Pastor CeJay is amongst notable ministers featured in the Shreveport Suns Newspaper and Shreveport Times for his work in ministry. Also, featured on local television stations KTBS, KSLA, KTAL, and Fox 33 as well. Pastor CeJay remains a charismatic, yet humble man.
In 2018, one of Shreveport's senior ministers - 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 a 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.
So many people have asked him when he will return to pastoring, and his answer has always been "in God's timing." Pastor CeJay serves alongside Dr. Theron Jackson at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, overseeing the Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
Up and coming businessman:
In October 2015, Pastor CeJay 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 event, commercial cleaning, and tax businesses he owned. The company also helps manage his radio brand bookings.
Pastor CeJay has organized some of the most successful Christian 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 Christian events and concerts.
Tax Gurus of Louisiana and Spotless Commercial Cleaning are other businesses that are amongst Pastor CeJay's business portfolio. He's built his tax business to nearly 300 clients and his commercial cleaning business to 3 significant contracts.
Throughout a fiscal year, CeJay Enterprises of Louisiana employs 30 plus people with full time, part-time, commission-based, or temporary jobs.
Gospel radio voice:
Throughout the gospel industry, you'll hear Pastor CeJay name mentioned as the "gatekeeper" for gospel music artists seeking to come into the Shreveport market. Earlier we told you about Pastor CeJay barely having a chance to bring gospel music to a hip-hop radio station. Now, he oversees a 24-hour gospel radio station as Program/Content Director since August 2019. That station is 980 AM / 93.3 FM - KOKA. It's the first African American radio station in Shreveport. Under Pastor CeJay's leadership, he revived the station, expanded its listener base, grew its social media following, increased the station revenue, and brought a diverse group of talent to the station. Everyday 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 has a 30, 000+ listening base and growing digital base as well. Pastor CeJay's show airs in the afternoon from 3 P. M. - 6 P. M.
An 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 away $1, 000 dollars to organizations that help domestic violence victims. His mother was a domestic violence victim, and a close family friend killed on social media due to domestic violence.
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 away $1, 000 dollars through the alumni association to help students receive access to higher education.
Pastor CeJay speaks out regarding political issues that affect his neighborhood - Lakeside and other matters within the City of Shreveport.
Our community is proud to know CeJay as a pastor, entrepreneur, radio broadcaster, 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 names 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), University of Phoenix (Bachelor Degree), and East Texas Baptist University (Master of Arts Degree). Recently, Pastor CeJay has been accepted into United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, to earn his Doctorate of Ministry degree.
As you can see, Pastor CeJay is driven, accomplished, and in the business of impacting people. He lives by the thought - "Never Be Nothing by Theron Jackson."