BEHIND THE BLOG
CJ is a native of Oklahoma City, OK. CJ attended Eisenhower Senior High School in Lawton, Oklahoma and graduated with honors in the top 10% of her high school class. Upon completion of high school, CJ graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS in Spring 2009 on a full 4-year Army ROTC Scholarship. She received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. CJ also holds a graduate degree from Webster University in St. Louis, MO where she received a M.A. in Human Resources Management. Desparate to know Christ through lifelong study of the Bible as God calls her to ministry, CJ is currently enrolled in Luther Rice Seminary & College (Lithonia, Georgia) in pursuit of an MDiv.
During her tenure at Jackson State, CJ served as a JSU Cheerleader and Tumbler and became a member of the Delta Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Upon graduation, she commissioned as an officer in the United States Army through the JSU Army R.O.T.C. program. Since commissioned, CJ served her nation for 13 years and was officially placed on the Active Duty officer retirement list at the rank of Major on 1 July 2022.
CJ is a dedicated and devout Christian who is devoted to using and sharing her gifts and talents for the upbuilding of the body of Christ and the salvation of the world. CJ is a philanthropist and shares an innate desire to go global. CJ has traveled to 34 countries and she continues to build bilateral relations with nations in support of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we are commanded in Mark 16:15.
“Go ye into all the world — To all countries under heaven; and preach the gospel to every creature.”
CJ is an inspirational blog writer, motivational speaker, singer, songwriter and inspirational recording artist who uses her gifts to uplift and encourage others in Christ. As a gifted vocalist, CJ has had the privilege of singing background for Dalin Collins (Kirk Franklin and Family) and the late LaShaun Pace (The Pace Sisters). She has also joined worship teams across the globe to include City Worship (City of Truth- Kansas City), the Shabach International Praise Team (Landstuhl, Germany) and Mosaic Worship (Clarksville, TN). CJ currently serves as a Youth Worship Leader and Biblical Counselor at Mosaic Church in Clarksville, TN.
CJ is a firm believer in Jesus Christ and her ultimate goal in life is to live to please God by carrying out His purpose for her life through spreading the Message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by being a vessel that He can use to help others according to His plan for their life.
CJ has been married to Mackenzie, the love of her life for 2 years and she calls her marriage one of her greatest accomplishments achieved on this side of heaven.
1 Corinthians 9:15-23 The Message (MSG)
15-18 Still, I want it made clear that I’ve never gotten anything out of this for myself, and that I’m not writing now to get something. I’d rather die than give anyone ammunition to discredit me or impugn my motives. If I proclaim the Message, it’s not to get something out of it for myself. I’m compelled to do it, and doomed if I don’t! If this was my own idea of just another way to make a living, I’d expect some pay. But since it’s not my idea but something solemnly entrusted to me, why would I expect to get paid? So am I getting anything out of it? Yes, as a matter of fact: the pleasure of proclaiming the Message at no cost to you. You don’t even have to pay my expenses!
19-23 Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!