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About Lekevie Johnson

Author | Speaker

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Lekevie Johnson, a native Mississippian and United States Marine Corps veteran brings a unique perspective to any space he influences as a forward-thinking leader. He cherishes the privilege of teaching the word of God and seeing people excel in their spiritual journey. ​As a pioneer, he believes in operating in a spirit of excellence and strives to do so in every aspect of life. 


Lekevie's spiritual journey began in childhood, growing up as the son of a preacher. He has served the church in various capacities. Those include a percussionist, as head of security and hospitality, and as an Elder. His musical talents were also a part of his service, as he recorded and sang with his father, the Late Reverend Lloyd Johnson, in a Gospel Quartet Group from Mississippi. His love for the church extends beyond its walls, and he cherishes every opportunity to serve. 


In 1998, Lekevie preached his first message, "Stay Focused." He was later licensed and ordained to preach in 1999 and called to Pastor Restoration Life Ministries in Cleveland, MS, in July 2001. There, he served as the shepherd until February 2009. In March 2009, he was called to Pastor Jericho Missionary Baptist Church in Urbana, IL. 


Under Lekevie's leadership, the congregation purchased a new worship facility in July 2010 and experienced spiritual and numerical growth. In March 2019, the church was renamed Mt. Calvary M.B. Church, also known as "The Hill," to establish a fresh spiritual start. Lekevie served in ministry at Mt. Calvary until November 2022.


Lekevie's leadership extends beyond his spiritual journey. He has been a Mid-South Delta Leaders Tri-State Leadership Program member at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. His academic journey includes a B.S. in Religion from Liberty University and an M.A. in Christian Ministry Leadership. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at Regent University. 


He has served three terms as the Vice-Chair for the Champaign Fire and Police Board of Commissioners, making significant contributions to the community. His role as the Moderator of the Fellowship Baptist District Association from July 2016 to March 2021 demonstrated his ability to unite people. He also made history as the first African-American Varsity Head Football Coach for Centennial High School in Champaign, IL.

Lekevie's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is not just a belief but a practice. He is a certified National Baptist Congress of Christian Education instructor and the visionary and founder of the Life Line, Inc. summer camp and senior citizen program. These programs, designed as multicultural and diverse learning communities, aim to prepare adults and students for academic, social, and personal success in a safe and supportive environment. 


As a published author of his first book project, "Looking Within," and an inspirational speaker, Lekevie continues his passion for writing by publishing a weekly blog focused on self-improvement, mental health, and family. He is the proud husband of Rochelle P. Johnson and the father of Lekevie Jr., Kaleb, and Kennedy Johnson, whom he adores.

Lord deliver us from things and people that produce nothing.
Genesis 17:6-10 (KJV)


Preparing is essential in life because reaching your goals requires it. The moment you set a goal, it is imperative that you start formulating a plan to achieve it. After a plan is implemented, it is wise to prepare mentally. 


When you are mentally prepared, life will send signals that alert you to timing. You will recognize when it is time to begin and when it is time to finish. Mental preparedness also allows you to consider and embrace every step towards reaching your goals. 


Additionally, when you're prepared, you eliminate mediocracy. Excellence becomes the only standard. You understand what needs to be achieved and go after it wholeheartedly. 

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