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Melisha Lynette Johnson is the founder and CEO of The Compassionate Advocate (TCA), a ministry that offers hope to those who feel forgotten, especially the incarcerated and those who have been incarcerated, as well as those who are blessed to return to society. The cornerstone scripture of TCA  is: “ 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, 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” (Matt. 25:35-36). Despite a loving family and a Christian upbringing, Melisha felt insecure, and her insecurities led to feelings of unworthiness and rejection.


As an adult, Ms. Johnson grew apart from God, and that separation resulted in  tragic mistakes. Her loneliness, hurt, and insecurities led to a 12-year federal prison sentence. This was the wake-up call that shook the foundations of her religious beliefs and tested her faith in Jesus Christ. Consequently, in the darkness and isolation of prison, she totally surrendered her life to Jesus.


In 2019, Melisha accepted and embraced the call to ministry and that call has provided her many opportunities to share the story of her relationship with Jesus and to minister His love and grace to others, especially to other offenders. While in prison, she  was blessed to facilitate several religious classes. She also taught several bible study classes to inmates.
Ms. Johnson continues to educate others on the importance of prison ministry on her podcast Jesus is the Key to Reentry. Her experience, skills, and talents prepared her to educate individuals, churches, and other organizations on the importance of effective prison ministry. Jesus is the Key to Re-entry shares testimonials of the formerly incarcerated and life-changing topics by a variety of guests. 


Melisha is a student at the Guido Bible College in Metter, Ga and she currently lives in Dublin Georgia and continues her mission to spread God’s love for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women.  She is a voice for incarcerated men and women and an advocate for criminal justice reforms. She is currently working at the Emanuel Women’s Facility in Swainsboro, GA as a Forensic Peer Mentor.


Melisha’s testimony has been featured in USA TodayVictorious Living Magazine 
Hope Is Now Magazine , The 700 Club, she goes to jails and prisons to share her story and even shares as a keynote speaker. Melisha has been a guest on several podcasts and television shows where she shared her life-transformation story and love for Jesus.

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