For I am now ready to be offered, an d the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good
fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and
not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
~2 Timothy 4:6-8~
Apostle Brian Lewis, an esteemed spiritual leader, passionate musician, and cherished pillar of his community, peacefully passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner. He leaves behind a legacy of unwavering faith, love, and devotion that will continue to inspire generations to come. Born on December 27, 1966, to the late Joe Lewis, Jr. and the late Rosemary Lewis, his life was a testament to the power of faith ad the transformative influence of music.
A graduate of L.B. Landry High School, Class of 1987. Apostle Lewis displayed a remarkable enthusiasm for music and learning from a young age, foreshadowing the profound impact he would have in the fields of spirituality and musical education. His journey begin with his licensure by the late Rev. Lucien R. Garrett of the First Baptist Church of Vacherie oon August 20, 1992, a pivotal moment that set him on the path to becoming a respected spiritual leader. He was the minister of music for many years at The First Baptist Church of Vacherie, LA, New Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Joseph Johnson, Beech Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Cory Batiste, and many other churches that God allowed him to play for.
On March 6, 1993, Apostle Lewis married the love of his life, Apostle Monica Lewis which he would always say, "that's my good thing" They became a team in ministry working hand in hand. They were known by many as "Team Lewis", and were blessed with two beautiful children. Prophetess Ka'Jah Antoine and Minister Jaron Brian Lewis, Jr.
Apostle Brian Lewis served under the late Prophet R. C. Blakes, Sr. for 30 plus years. He traveled wherever the Prophet went and served as his personal musician. Sitting under the Prophet is where Apostle Brian Lewis learned the true meaning of what faith really is. The late Prophet R.C. Blakes, Sr., always stated that "Faith doesn't make sense, but it does make a miracle". It was because of the tutelage , guidance, and wisdom from the Prophet that reared a faith-wailing man such as Apostle Brian Lewis, Sr. Everything that Apostle Lewis has accomplished was done by an act of faith. When others considered it strange, when others considered it hard to get done, and when others believed it would never happen, Apostle Brian Lewis's response was that it would get done, and it would get done by faith. When God called Apostle Brian to open FREE Ministries Family Worship Center, he spoke to Prophet, and Prophet's words to him where, "God had already spoken to him, and he was just waiting on him". Prophet then released him with his blessings to go and do what God called Him to do.
In September 1999, he received his teacher certification in biblical and theological studies from Robert Charles Blakes Bible College and Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA further solidifying his commitment to deepening his spiritual understanding and nurturing the growth of his congregation. Apostle Lewis was ordained on May 31, 2003 by Bishop Henry Bolden, marking the official commencement of his dedicated service to the spiritual community.
On June 15, 2015, Apostle Brian Lewis became a part of the FOCFH Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop R. C. Blakes, Jr. and Bishop Samuel Blakes.
Apostle Lewis's spiritual journey was marked by a profound love for music, which he expertly wove into his ministry and community outreach initiatives. His music academy, Ka'Jah's Musicland", initially established in Algiers, LA and later relocated to Laplace, LA served as a testament to his passion for nurturing musical talent and fostering a deep connection with spirituality through music.
In 2002, Apostle Lewis founded FREE Ministries which begin in Franklin, LA as an outreach initiative that later transitioned to the Holiday Inn in Morgan City, LA. After only a few months at Holiday Inn, God instructed Apostle to get a building. In Nov 203, reflecting his profound commitment to serving the spiritual and material needs of his community. He further expanded the ministry by establishing FREE Ministries of Laplace, LA continuing to spread his message of love and compassion to those in need.
Apostle Lewis's love for music and community outreach extended to his involvement in various radio stations, including being a radio announcer for KBZE 105.9 FM with a good friend, Mr. Howard Castay who he always considered, "A brother from another mother" and WCKW 1010 AM Radio Station along with Darnetta Mahaffy. His ministry also aired on KKNO 750. He later launched his own radio station, WGUP 107.9 FM, which became a beacon of hope and inspiration for the River Parishes and surrounding areas.
Additional, Apostle Lewis's musical talents allowed him to play for numerous recording artists such as Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Lashaun Pace, Vickie Winans and many more. He frequently traveled to Paris,France. Initially with the later Pastor Lucien R. Garret and continued doing so after hosting concerts with a musical group he founded called "Freedom". God connected him with a good fiend in Paris, France Mr. Collins Gravois, who he loves dearly.
Apostle Lewis's passion for spreading his message led him to organize, The Prophetic Gathering Fellowship, where he was ordained as an Apostle and the Presiding Prelate of the fellowship. An organization in which leaders and ministers collectively gathered in pursuit of the Lord Jesus Christ. He also hosted annual conference entitled "The Expectancy Conference", further solidifying his commitment to guiding and inspiring those in his community and beyond.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Apostle Monica Lewis, whose unwavering support and loved stood as a testament to their enduring bond. He also leaves behind his cherished children, Prophetess Ka'Jah (Shekinah) Antoine and Minister Jaron (Cierra) Lewis, who carry forward his legacy of faith and compassion. Additionally, he leaves behind two cherished grandchildren, Isaiah Antoine nd E'Mori Lewis, who brought immense joy and love to his life.
Apostle Lewis is also survived by his siblings, Jamie Lewis, Jerri Lewis, Ionnell Diaz, Gerald Reaux, Joseph Lewis, and Donavan Jackson, who shared in his journey and supported him in his spiritual endeavors. He was blessed with the guidance and support of his godparents, Brenda Cook Lewi s, Mrs. Batiste, Ronald Gus Lewis , Mr. Batiste, who played instrumental roles in shaping his character and values.
Among those mourning his loss are his mother-in-law, Shirley Johnson; sister-in-law, NaKeela (Freddie) Young, and brother-in-law, Duston Johnson, along with a host of spiritual sons and daughters, aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who were touched by his love and kindness. He was also a devoted friend to Pastor Corey Batiste, Mr. Donald Smith, Pastor Brian Johnson, Overseer Apostle Jon West and Prophet Kevin Garner.
Apostle Brian Lewis's spirit will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations to live a life of faith, love, and service. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe Lewis, Jr. and his mother, Rosemary cook Lewis, whose guiding light continues to shine through his enduring legacy; father-in-law, Norris Johnson, Jr. ; and brother -in-law, Norris Johnson, III. May his soul find eternal peace in the embrace of the divine.
He will be deeply missed by all whos lives he touched, but his legacy of faith, love, and devotion will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. May his soul find eternal peace in the embrace of the divine.