CJ was born and raised in Martinsville, Virginia. He grew up going by the nickname PK, short for preacher's kid. His mother was the pastor at the local church in their community. He wouldn't consider himself being a preacher's kid because behind closed doors; he knew the demons his mother was battling. CJ was raised in a single-parent home by his mother; his father passed away in a car accident when he was only six years old.
He was forced to grow up fast and become the man of the house, so quickly that at the age of 15, he had his first child. His mother was helping him raise and support the child.
He was hustling day and night for three years before he had gotten caught up with the law. At 22 CJ was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for distributing drugs.
At the age of 31 years old, CJ was released and immediately headed to Buffalo, New York to a Men's ministry called Prayer and Praise. He completed the year-long program and began working as a teacher that at the Christian ministry. "This was the best time of my life, I was sober and making a difference," said CJ. For two years he was an outstanding teacher and was hoping to return for a third year until the owner passed and the facility was shut down.
Shortly after the facility permanently closed, CJ moved back to Virginia, where he met a young lady and got married. They moved to Greensboro after a few months of Marriage, in hopes of beginning a new life. Unfortunately, CJ got back to his old ways and started not only selling but also using drugs. His wife did not approve of the lifestyle he was living so she decided to leave and take everything from him, which caused him to become homeless.
Fast forward ten years, CJ is now on the path to victory, he has been sober for over 60 days and looking to build a better future for not only him but also his new baby girl he welcomed into the world two years ago!