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Charles Lee-Johnson, D.Min.

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Division of Social Work, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Director, Master of Social Work Program

Office Phone: (951) 552-8081
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 106-B
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
D.Min. A 21st Century Model for Church Administration and Preaching in a Multi-Cultural Context United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio 2015
MSW Macro Social Work Practice, Children, Families, and Groups University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 2001
B.A. Sociology Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA 1997
  • Additional Education

    Itinerant Elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church, 5 Year Study

  • Courses Taught

    PSY120A - Lifespan Development for Health Professionals
    SOC348 - Sociology of Aging
    PSY500D - Diversity Issues in Counseling
    SOC320 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment
    SWK 330 - Social Policy
    SWK 530 - Marginalized Populations
    SWK 515 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    SWK 521/541 - Field Practicum I&II

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Non-Profit Management
    Social Services in Urban/Marginalized Communities
    Congregational Social Work
    Healthy Marriages and Families
    Fatherhood Program Models
    Community Organization/Engagement
    Parenting Programs

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2002-2016
    Norco College, Norco, CA, 2011-2015

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Speaker, Inland Empire Committee, 2012
    Social Worker of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Region H, 2010
    California Association of Black Social Workers, 2010
    White House/Office of the First Lady: Helping America’s Youth
    Charles Drew University: Pediatric Residency Program
    UCLA: School of Social Work
    Heritage Foundation, Library of Congress, Who’s Who 2007
    South Central Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska,
    California State Legislature,
    County of Los Angeles,
    Indiana Black Expo,
    National Association of Social Workers, Region H,
    Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociological Honors

    Selective Grants
    Proud Parenting Grant, $330,000.00
    Rites of Passage School Based Grant - $230,000.00
    Job Readiness Grant, $30,000.00
    Capacity Building Fatherhood Grant, $50,000.00
    Long-Term Self-Sufficiency Grant, Department of Social Services, 1,500,000
    Fathering Behind Bars, Federal Correctional Institutions, $200,000
    Rites of Passage, Department of Children and Family Services, $360,000
    Opening Avenues for Kids to Stay in School, DCFS, $250,000
    Transitional Housing Placement Grant, DCFS $400,000
    Alternative Services for Youth Grant, Department of Children and Family Services, $1,600,000
    Emancipation Preparation, County of Los Angeles, $100,000
    Project Fatherhood, National Fatherhood Initiative, $50,000
    Fatherhood Initiative, Children’s Institute International, $25,000
    LAUSD School Intervention 93rd Street, 118th Street, Gompers, Locke, $120,000
    Compton Unified School District, $233,881
    Proud Parenting Program, State of California, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, $99,000
    Peoples Coordinated Services, Gang Reduction and Youth Development Grant, $60,000


    Lee-Johnson, Charles; Ten Step Rites of Passage Curriculum. 2007

    Tijerina, Ron and Cathy; and Lee-Johnson, Charles: Keeping Faith Curriculum, 2006

    Kelly, Candace;; Boys to Men, Charles Lee-Johnson wrote two Devotional Inserts, 2006

    Slack, Rosario and Muhammad, Nisa; Black Marriage Curriculum, 2005; Charles Lee-Johnson wrote Chapter on Blended Families.


    Selective Speaking Engagements
    White House, Helping America’s Youth Initiative, Tennessee State University
    National Resource Center, Oklahoma City, OK
    Washington State University, 4-T “Teen Conference”
    New York Fatherhood Initiative, Queens, NY
    Georgia Family Council – Rites of Passage Training
    Smart Marriages, Denver, Reno, San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington D.C, and more
    Mocha Moms, Staten Island New York
    Shoulder to Shoulder Diversity Conference, Portland, Oregon
    Mississippi School of Addiction
    UCLA, School of Social Work and Public Policy,
    Charles Drew University – “Faculty Retreat”
    SAPA Conference in Atlanta, GA
    Salem Bible Church, Staff Training, Atlanta, GA
    University of LaVerne – “Overview of Rites of Passage”
    Diamond Ranch High School – “Black Parent Conference”
    White House Initiative: Helping America’s Youth” , Portland, Oregon
    Garey High School “Preparing for Your Future” -
    California State University, Dominguez Hills “Mess to Message”
    Morehouse School of Medicine ‘Trainer of Trainers”
    Martin Luther King Hospital, Pediatrics– “Medical Intern Retreat”
    Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles “Relationship Readiness
    Celebrating Real Family Life, New York, New York “Rites of Passage Training”
    Faith Based Partners and Community Caregivers Permanency Symposium
    International Fatherhood Conference, Atlanta, Ga
    Charles Drew University, Honored
    Ward AME Church, Los Angeles ‘Men’s Retreat”
    Bethel AME Church, Los Angeles – “Youth Revival”,
    White House Initiative: Helping America’s Youth “Family Panel, University of Minnesota,
    Ward AME Church, Cambria, CA, Youth Retreat
    LAUSD Therapist, Los Angeles, CA – Staff Development
    The Ridge Project: Keeping Faith Initiative
    Council of African American Parents (CAAP)
    Fatherhood Conference, Atlanta, GA
    African American Healthy Marriage Initiative – Charlotte, NC
    Family and Community Conference, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Pastor of The Life Church
    10769 Hole Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92505

  • Community Service & Involvement

    The Life Church (Food Ministry, Men's Ministry, Outreach Ministries, Transitional Housing, Tanzania Project)
    National Family Life and Education Center, Executive Director
    Toyota Mentoring Program
    NAACP Riverside Chapter

  • Interests & Hobbies

    I love serving the Lord by serving God's children; I love playing basketball (and in my own mind "I'm really good"); I am a Die Hard Laker Fan, GO LAKERS!!!; I love to Travel, and have been all over the world (I go to the Bahamas every year); I love my Family, Wonderful Wife: Monalisa Lee-Johnson, and my Children: Chacity, Jazmine, Destiny, Ajamn, and Kokayi; I have 3 grandchildren: Darrel, Zuri, and Zion.

  • Personal Philosophy

    Matthew 25:35-40 is the guiding scripture of my life:

    35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’