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Dr. Joy Johnson

Dr. Joy Johnson is President of the Board for Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT), where she leads and mobilizes public sentiment around social justice grounded in faith - working alongside clergy/leaders of varied faith traditions and ethnic backgrounds.

She is the founder and key driving force of Life Matters, Inc (LMI), a non-profit, community development organization providing life-transforming service to residents in seven (7) local affordable living apartments. 

Dr. Johnson is deeply committed to building bridges as she works alongside pastors of diverse races, ethnicities and cultures. To this end, she currently facilitates preacher formation, peer-learning groups as an adjunct facilitator with the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA and has a doctorate degree from Sacramento Theological Seminary in Sacramento, CA. She was ordained to Gospel Ministry and has served in pastoral leadership at the local church level for two decades. She is the author of Arise and Shine – Your Life Really Matters.

Pastor Joy and her husband, Mai-Gemu, boast of 40 years of holy matrimony, and are the parents of three adult children and two grandchildren.

Pastor Joy is co-pastor at Agape Alive Church in Roseville, California.

Keith J. Staten

Keith J. Staten was born at Travis AFB and raised in Vallejo, CA.  He received two AA degrees from Solano Community College and a BS from San Francisco State University.  He attended UOP McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento graduating in 1992.

He currently owns his own Criminal Defense firm specializing in complex criminal litigation, DUI litigation, and DMV administrative licensing issues.

After serving at the Sacramento County Public Defender’s office from 1991 to 1994, he started his private practice concentrating on criminal defense. Throughout the years, he has tried over 150 cases ranging from DUIs to homicide and has earned successful verdicts in cases of all subject matters. From 2001 to 2007, he was a Senior Staff Counsel at the Department of Motor Vehicles for the State of California. 

In 2007, he returned to private practice, specializing in complex criminal trials. In 2012, he was named Attorney of the year by the Sacramento County Indigent Criminal Defense Panel for his outstanding case resolutions, which included two jury acquittals on life-offense cases.

In 2014 The Hub Magazine in Sacramento recognized him as a leader in the community.  In 2014, the Wiley Manuel Bar Association named him attorney of the year.  In 2015 he received the “Judge James Long” Community Service award from the Kappa Fraternity’s Roseville Alumni Association.   

He mentors high school, college and law students, and from 2015 to 2017, taught paralegal students in the UC Davis Extension Program. He lectures in the community and presents a “Know Your Rights” educational program on radio and live lectures in the Sacramento community. He currently serves on the boards of Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School, Wiley Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento, and serves as chairperson of the Indigent Criminal Defense Panel in Sacramento.

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