Motivational Keynote Speaker | Author

Former Head Basketball Coach and Christian Therapist

Graduate of Louisiana College | Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe | Hope Bible Institute

Founder of Noble Promise Christian Counseling Center

Founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Temple Church of Greater Winnsboro

Monroe, Louisiana




Team Building





Building Athletic Programs 

Sexual Assault 

Domestic Violence 

Crisis Abuse 

Family and Relationships 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Teen Pregnancy 



Basketball (Balancing academics and athletics)

Goals, dreams, and vision

Overcoming Obstacles and Adversity 

2010 - present

2010 - present

Meet Bakari Beckwith ~


Dr. Bakari K. Beckwith has spent years motivating and inspiring basketball players on and off the court to display a champion’s attitude. After accepting his calling to ministry, he is now seen as the go-to motivational keynote speaker for faith, athletics, team building and leadership markets that want their people to improve their morale, teamwork and communication skills by ultimately achieving better results.  With his background as a Senior Pastor, Head Basketball Coach and Christian Therapist, Bakari honed his skills to motivate audiences from all walks of life.  With his engaging and free-spirited personality, Bakari connects with his audiences on a personal level and delivers content that they can immediately use in their everyday life.  


Bakari is a graduate of Louisiana College, University of Louisiana at Monroe and Hope Bible Institute. While at Louisiana College he received the Kyte Caudell Award for outstanding character, hard work, integrity and service to the community. He was recently awarded the Duke Endowment Award by Duke Divinity School of Duke University. Bakari founded Noble Promise Christian Counseling Center, where he serves as the President and Executive Director, incorporating his evidence-based approaches that are proven to solidify teams and produce winning results on and off the court.

In addition to being a popular motivational keynote speaker, Bakari is also a self-published author of the book, “In Defense of Bathsheba.” This book deals with the healing process of victims dealing with sexual assault. It gives victims the ability to be able to become victors through their faith and love of Jesus Christ. Bakari's passion is in challenging others to see themselves as God see them.


Bakari’s dedication and love for Jesus Christ keeps him aspiring to bring the good news to others. He founded and serves as Senior Pastor at Victory Temple Church of Greater Winnsboro, where he selflessly uses his platform to reach those in hard to reach places who face overwhelming odds. When not delivering upbeat motivating programs and messages, Bakari loves his most important roles as a wonderful husband to Yolonda and being a super hero to his awesome children Kaidyn, Jackson and Dailen.