Ephie Ballard-Johnson is President and CEO of the Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC), a nonprofit Christian organization that provides programs and assistance for 50,000 neighbors in need annually. Ephie was born in Memphis and, after graduating from Treadwell High School, attended the University of Memphis where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has worked as an educator in the Memphis City School System and as Administrative Director of Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. After ten years as Administrative Director, she succeeded her mother and NCC founding director, JoeAnn Ballard, as President and CEO. Since that time, Ephie has spearheaded the creation of the Early Childhood Brain Development program, Operation Smart Child, in partnership with The Urban Childhood Institute, and organized the First Ladies for Healthy Babies Network with the support of Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam. 

In addition to her work with NCC, Ephie is the host of FOX 13 WHBQ’s “Faith Forum” works and is a professional vocalist and songwriter, as well as a noted inspirational speaker. She is married to Rodney, her husband of 20 years, and has two children, Andre and Jonathan. She and Rodney have been members of Hope Presbyterian Church’s worship team for 16 years.\