Charlotte Russell Johnson is the founder of Reaching Beyond, Inc. and Reaching Beyond the Breaks Ministries. She is a writer, motivational speaker, and Christian evangelist. Mrs. Johnson gained national fame following the release of her first novel A Journey to Hell and Back. In the past four years, Ms. Johnson has penned three additional books: Daddy’s Hugs, Grace Under Fire: The Journey Never Ends, and The Flipside: A Journey to Hell and Back. She has had an active prison ministry for more than fourteen years. Ms. Johnson served as the New Connections to Work Coordinator at Columbus Technical College in Columbus, GA when the school began a collaborative partnership with other state agencies to change the face of welfare. Later, she served as the Community Resource Development Coordinator with the GA Department of Family and Children Services for Region VIII. Her work has encompassed helping inmates, victims of AIDS, teenage mothers, welfare recipients, and substance abusers. She was instrumental in establishing Teens Empowerment Awareness with ReSolutions, Inc. (TEARS) based in Phenix City, AL. Ms. Johnson has a B.S. in Health Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from Columbus State University where she graduated Phi Kappa Phi and magna cum laude. She received her MA from Troy State University in Community Psychology in Counseling. She has also attended the doctoral programs of Southern Christian University and Beacon University. However, she states that her GED remains her proudest degree.