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 your purpose, achieve your destiny and live in dominion authority.”
His message crosses racial, gender, socio-economic and denominational lines and is intended to reach people where they live. He has encouraged many people across the globe from different faith traditions such as the; Catholic Church, Church of God in Christ, United Methodist Church, Missionary Baptist, Apostolic, Freewill Baptist, Assembly of God, Church of the Nazarene and many nondenominational churches, as well as in India, Africa, Jamaica and the United Kingdom. He has also spoken to hundreds of students as a special speaker in high schools, and colleges’ and universities’ such as; Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman, Indiana Wesleyan University, Southern University, Fisk University, Savannah State, Vincennes University, Norfolk State University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Regent University.
As an educator, community and ministry leader, Roger uses his leadership skills to influence and motivate people to achieve their dreams, especially for those who are broken, rejected, and wounded by life’s circumstances. As such Roger has served as the Assistant Director of the African American Cultural Center and Assistant Dean in Student Life at Indiana State University. He has served as the Assistant Director of Student Services, Director of Student Life, Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministries, and Director of Community Life at Regent University. He is currently the Director of Student Activities & Leadership and the founding Director of Athletics at Regent. Roger was a former city-councilman in the city of Terre Haute, Indiana, and was the first African American in the city’s 127 year history to hold any elected office. Ebony magazine recognized Roger as one of “America’s 50 Young Leaders of Tomorrow.”
Roger is the founder and lead pastor of New Dominion Fellowship in Chesapeake, VA., he is also the founder of Dominion Center Ministries Inc., which is a faith-based community development corporation; a dynamic worship leader, and singer/songwriter whose gifted voice from the beginning has lifted, encouraged, and given hope to people from all walks of life around the world. He is also a recording artist with Tate Music Group. His music encompasses the soulfulness of Gospel along with the essence and the purity of Christian music with a pure vocal sound. He has been a host of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Praise the Lord program in Virginia Beach, Virginia and has appeared on TBN’s nationally televised broadcast as well. He has been a special guest for the Buffalo Bills, the National Evangelical Association’s and for the Hampton Roads YMCA Annual Prayer Breakfast (with the late great football legend Reggie White of the Green Bay Packers).
Rogers’ influences include his parents, the late Rev. Essie Cheeks & Mrs. Virginia Cheeks, Bishop George McKinney, Dr. Pat Robertson, Bishop Wellington Boone, Bishop Charles Blake, Bishop Harry Jackson, Bishop Robert Smith. One of the great joys in Roger’s life is family! He is married to Dr. Lychellia Cheeks. Together they have four beautiful adult children and two beautiful grandchildren.
I am passionate about assisting others in achieving their dreams, goals and aspirations in their life.
I am passionate about God, family, friends and developing great relationships.
I am passionate about life's journey and creating environments for developing memories that will last a lifetime.
Director of Seminary and University Outreach
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Chicago, IL
2018 - Present
Designed this department from its inception in October 2018. Responsible for the development, coordination and facilitation of all Outreach initiatives. Creating meaningful partnership with key Christian seminaries and universities, helping the next generation of Christian leaders reconnect with the Jewish roots of their faith. Developing programs and initiatives that will help the next generation of student leaders understand why they should care about Israel, her people, and the Jewish roots of their faith. Providing educational opportunities by becoming a resource for Seminaries and Christian university students on biblical and modern Israel and the Jewish-Christian heritage.
Director of Athletics
Virginia Beach, VA
2016 - present
Established relationships with National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) and other external entities to create the first intercollegiate sports team at Regent University. Created the polices and procedures, fiscal system, compliance process and athletic operations team, to start the intercollegiate program. Responsible for recruiting, hiring, managing and supporting athletic coaches and staff. Championed the first athletic teams in 2016 with the launch of men’s and women’s track & field, then in 2017 men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball teams; and in 2018 competitive cheer and men’s and women’s basketball teams.
• Organized an advisor board, alumni boosters team, practice facilities, and game day
• Scheduled team travel, supported the program’s Inventory, and the program’s
• Reconciled and managed, in conjunction with financial aid team, all athletics
• Completed eligibility reports for all student-athletes for the NCCAA
Director of Community Life
Virginia Beach, VA
2008 - 2012
Facilitated community life for on-campus and online students, also supports the Vice President of Student Services in attaining the goals and objectives of the department. Key functions of this position includes the development and facilitation of special events for entire campus; working with student organizations, student government, faculty/staff, coordinating student volunteer and services learning opportunities, facilitating student emergency funds and emergency food program, and enhancing student character development. Also coordinated the various elements related to special events, such as cultural and diversity programs, recycling and sustainability programs, commencement and convocation.
Director of Student Activities & Leadership
Virginia Beach, VA
2012 - present
Designed this department from its inception in 2012. Provided vision, leadership and direction for a dynamic student life programs that supports intellectual, personal, cultural, recreational and social development for an increasing undergraduate and graduate student population. Collaborated with various campus departments to host programming for an enrollment of over 10,000 students including but not limited to campus-wide orientation, Welcome Week, Homecoming, Hispanic History Month, Women’s History Month, Black History Month and many other events. Responsible for the oversight and coordination of all chartered student organization (63+). Supervised an assistant director, graduate students, and student employees to guide the Student Activities Board (SAB), Intramural Sports Board, Undergraduate and Graduate student government associations. Supported various activities aimed at fostering respect, dignity, and collegiality among students. Responsible for initiating, coordinating, executing and evaluating a full array of programs, services and activities that engage the student body. Developed partnership with the Passages organization to organized and facilitate annually 10-day trips to Israel for students to experience the culture of Israel and connect with the Christian heritage in Israel.
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2014 | Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award
City of Chesapeake, VA
2012 | Social Service Award
80th Eastern Region Convention
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
NAACP Humanitarian Award
Terre Haute Indiana Chapter
1981 | NCAA Division I Basketball Scholarship
Recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of 50 Young Leaders in America (1992 November Edition)
• Honorary Doctorate of Divinity | 2017
St. Thomas Christian University
• Master’s Certificate | 2013 - 2014
Graduate School of Episcopal Studies
• Bachelor of Arts | 1986 -1987
Southern University (Transferred)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• Southeastern Louisiana University | 1981 - 1985
• City Council Member | 1992-1996
Terre Haute, IN
• Board Member
Park Place School | Norfolk, Virginia
• Care Team Committee
• Disabilities Access Committee
• Spiritual Life Committee
• Health Insurance Committee
• Scholarship and Awards Committee
• Convocation Committee
• Commencement Committee
• Campus Services Committee
• Mayor’s Task Force on Gangs
• South Norfolk Revitalization Committee
• Retention Committee
Indiana State University
• President’s Ethnic Diversity Committee
Indiana State University
• Former Board member
Wabash Valley Community Foundation
• Former Board member
Vigo County Historical Society
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