Keith Johnson: From street gangs to salvation

Keith Johnson takes the hard lessons he learned as a street gang member, the way Jesus Christ turned his life around, and his experiences as a successful martial artist and coach, and brings a message of admonition and encouragement to children at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Helping kids – this is who I am,” said Johnson, a retired customer services representative for Delta Air Lines. “I have been blessed directly by God to do this, because of the experiences I had.”

Doug Cozart, planned giving director for the Georgia Division, first met Johnson in 2019 when the retiree asked about including The Salvation Army in his will.

“He was involved in gangs in Chicago,” Cozart said. “He did some…

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