Roger Cheeks
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Roger Cheeks

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States | INDIE

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States | INDIE
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"The ‘dynamic’ life of Roger Cheeks has opened doors and left its mark"

TERRE HAUTE — Roger Cheeks returned to his hometown this month to inspire others, using his singing voice and Gospel tunes in a concert on the Indiana State University campus.

It’s a familiar situation for him. His new album, “Worship from the Heart,” is the fourth of his career. Cheeks has performed with church choirs since his dad served as a pastor in Terre Haute. In 1992, Cheeks won the Rising Star Gospel Showcase Amateur Talent competition in Indianapolis. Through the years, he’s sung alongside notables such as Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., from the 1970s pop musical group The 5th Dimension.

“That’s just a part of what I do,” Cheeks said last week from Virginia, where he’s lived and worked as director of community life at Regent University since 1997.

Nineteen years ago, though, Cheeks did something unprecedented — he became the first African-American elected to city office in Terre Haute. Cheeks won the District 6 seat on the City Council as a Democrat, outpolling his Republican opponent 1,183 votes to 555.

- Terre Haute Tribune Star


Magnify Him-1989
Road to Freedom- 1994
Lead Me to the Rock-1996
Worship from the Heart-2010



Perhaps one of the most outstanding aspects about Roger Cheeks is the statement of his heart, “God has made us in his image so now is the time to reveal his purpose now is the time to achieve your destiny and live in dominion authority.”

His ministry crosses racial, gender, socio-economic and denominational lines and is intended to reach people where they live. He has encourage many with his music and message of hope in churches across the globe from the; Churches of God in Christ, Methodist, Missionary Baptist, Apostolic, Freewill Baptist, Assembly of God, Evangelical, Nondenominational and Church of the Nazarene, as well as in India, Africa, and the Caribbean. He has also spoke and performed to hundreds of students in high schools, and at college and university’s such as; Regent University, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman, Vincennes University, Norfolk State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Savanna State, Fisk University, and Butler University.

Roger has been involved in independent music projects since the late eighties and continues to actively perform today for audiences across the globe. He is a recording artist with Tate Music Group/Zone Records and has recorded four music projects, with current release entitled: Worship from the Heart. His music encompasses the soulfulness of Gospel along with the essence and the purity of Christian music with a pure vocal sound. His calling in the music ministry is as a worshiper. He admits joy in basking in God's presence and glory while delivering the mighty message of the gospel through song. Roger's music is defiantly exciting and uplifting, as he touches the hearts of all of his listeners...this is FROM THE HEART!

Roger has hosted local Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Praise the Lord program and has appeared on TBN’s nationally televised Steve Brock show. He is now a regular host for TBN’s Joy in Our Town, in Virginia Beach, VA.

He has been a special music guest for the Buffalo Bills, the National Evangelical Association’s banquet (honoring Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki moon), and for the Hampton Roads YMCA Annual Prayer Breakfast (with the late football great Reggie White of the Green Bay Packers). He’s provided special music for Dr. Pat Robertson (host of the 700 Club and founder of Christian Broadcasting Network/ Regent University), Bishop Wellington Boone, Bishop Harry Jackson, Reinhardt Bonnke, Brother Yun, and Pastor Jack Hayford. He has also appeared with artists such as: Nicolas, the Williams Brothers, Douglas Miller, Bishop Leonard Scott, Judy Jacobs, Acappella, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Smokie Norful, Earl Bynum, Jason Upton, the Mississippi Mass Choir, Lucinda Moore, Vashawn Mitchell, and Wes Morgan.

Pastor Roger planted churches in the United States and in India. He oversees 24 churches in Ghana West Africa. He has founded a faith based community services ministry called Dominion Center Inc.

He served as the Assistant Director of Student Services, Director of Student Life, and as Interim Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministries. He is currently the Director of Community Life at Regent University. Roger was a former city-councilman in the city of Terre Haute, Indiana, and the first African American in the city’s 125 year history to hold any elected office. He also served as Senior Pastor of Miracle Church of God in Christ in Terre Haute, Indiana. Currently he serves as Executive Pastor of Victory Life Fellowship in Chesapeake, Virginia. Roger was recognized by Ebony magazine as one of “America’s 50 Young Leaders of Tomorrow.”

While Roger lived in Indiana, he worked at Indiana State University as the Assistant Director of the Afro American cultural center and then as Assistant Dean in Student Affairs. As an educator, community activist and ministry leader, he used his leadership to influence and motivate students to achieve their dreams, and for those who are broken, rejected, and wounded by life’s circumstances. He has developed several high school, college and community initiatives. Among which are volunteer programs and mentoring programs for college students, a not-for-profit housing corporation that provided housing for low to moderate income families and a home for unwed mothers and pregnant teens. He also developed a substance abuse program as well as a child care academy for low to moderate income families.

Roger’s influences include his parents, the late Rev. Essie Cheeks & Mrs. Virginia Cheeks, Bishop Wellington Boone, Bishop Robert Smith, Bishop Harry Jackson, Bishop Charles Blake, Bishop George McKinney, Bishop T. D. Jakes, and Kevin Leal.

He is married to Lychellia Cheeks, who is an Assistant Principal of Instruction at Grassfield High School, Chesapeake Virginia. Together they have four beautiful children and two grandchildren.