About Russell & Kristi

As worship leaders and speakers, Russell and Kristi combine passion and energy. This incredible couple has dedicated their lives to giving glory to God through their music & ministry. Their inspirational music touches the lives of those around them so intimately that it stirs souls and moves hearts closer to God. Russell and Kristi lift up His name in every note they sing.

Originally from Conway, SC, Russell and Kristi have been musicians all their lives and in ministry together for more than 20 years.

Prior to the couple combining their talents, Kristi sang professionally for family variety shows, including The Carolina Opry, and the Alabama Theatre/Opryland USA.

Russell, an ordained minister, has previously served in multiple churches as a worship leader, and Creative Arts Pastor. He felt God’s call to ministry at the age of 17.

Although Russell and Kristi grew up in the same town, they didn’t begin dating until college at Coastal Carolina University and were married a year later. This year they will celebrate 27 years of marriage! They have a son, Will, and a daughter, Sidney. They reside in their hometown of Conway, SC where they enjoy life on the family farm when they aren’t on the road.

Russell and Kristi have been endorsed by the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

Music & Ministry

Russell and Kristi share their gifts and the Gospel at churches, festivals, marriage seminars, community outreach events, mission trips, concerts, and conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

  • Proclaiming the Hope of Christ 
  • Encouraging Marriages and Families 
  • Equipping the Church 

The Vision

RKPraise Ministries exists to proclaim the hope of Christ to a world in need, to bring encouragement to individuals and families, and to equip the church to be all that God has created us to be.

The Mission

We desire to use our gifts in various forums, from living rooms to arenas, in order to bring Christ’s hope and encouragement. Through the writing and recording of albums, videos, messages, books, and blogs, we are convinced these projects can be used as on-going inspirational tools. Additionally, organizing targeted events such as marriage retreats, evangelistic outreaches, mission trips, and worship team seminars gives us a multi-faceted approach that enables us to encourage and equip the church while also proclaiming the Gospel.

Russell and Kristi have shared the stage with many of today’s top Christian artists and have served with numerous organizations, including:

Destiny Rescue – Rescuing Children
The Cove – The Billy Graham Training Center
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Ridgecrest Conference Center
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Andrew Palau Festivals
Lifeway Christian Events
Nations of Coaches 
Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE)


Albums are available on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon Music store.
Abandon – 2020
Love Is Here – Christmas 2019
Forever – 2015
No Other Name – 2013
Heart Revolution – 2010
All Things New – 2009
Where You Are – 2006
One Day – 2002
Russell and Kristi Johnson – 1999

Contact Information

RKPraise Ministries Inc.
PO Box 3143, Conway SC 29528

General: info@rkpraise.net
Booking: booking@rkpraise.net
Media Relations: media@rkpraise.net