CaraMia

Musical Entertainment

CaraMia (pronounced /Ka-rah-Mee-ah/) are talented sisters Shenée Johnson and Shenika Johnson who are almost identical in tone, yet distinguishable enough to produce the heavenliest of harmonies. Interpretations of their group name and the word CaraMia include "My Beloved" and "My Face." For these Atlanta based identical twin worship leaders and recording artists, both meanings are relevant as they are God's beloved daughters who seek to reflect his image in their own.  

Yolanda Cook

Entertainment - Comedian

Yolanda is a native of New Jersey and now a nectar of Georgia. She is a wife and a mother of two sons who support her in all of her endeavors. Yolanda wears many hats in the entertainment industry from Executive Producer of GEM Productions to gracing the big screen with an appearance in Tyler Perry’s, “Madea Goes to Jail” but if you blinked you might have missed her! Yolanda’s God given talents has awarded her to perform in Las Vegas, NV for Mrs. Xernona Clayton, founder of The Trumpet Awards 80th birthday celebration. She has been blessed to perform for churches, shelters and other organizations locally and nationally. Yolanda’s motto is “You may not know me now but wait and see what God is going to do with me”.

Cynthia Giles

Entertainment - Spoke Word Artist

Cynthia Giles is a spoken word artist, published writer, and speaker with a heart to make a difference in her lifetime. She is passionate about inspiring people all over the world through the arts! Cynthia has a saying “Why wait for a stage to perform poetry? Everywhere I go is a stage and every place is full of possibilities.” As a result, Cynthia’s performed spoken word poetry at conferences, fundraisers, healing retreats, advocacy programs, camps, business luncheons, theaters, slams, live-stream events, and so much more! She has a special spark for performances at schools. Due to her personal story of resilience, she loves to light a match in the hearts of students. In fact, Cynthia spent time as a student at Kennesaw State University, where she studied Literature and Professional Writing and received a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies. Today, she publishes articles, devotionals, and blog posts for several organizations… including iDisciple, a mobile app for inspirational content in connection with Family Christian Ministries and Family Christian Bookstores. Cynthia’s had the opportunity to be a guest on several radio stations, including Victory 91.5 FM, 93.3 the Joy FM, and Love 860 AM WAEC Inspirational Talk Radio. Cynthia Giles is a woman of many gifts and she is so thankful God is using her to make an impact, encourage, and inspire the life of others.

Kimberly Griffin

Speaker

Kimberly Griffin is Ph.D. candidate at Mercer University, majoring in Counselor Education and Supervision.  She graduated from Clark Atlanta University, with a Master of Art degree in counseling psychology.  Kimberly is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) with a primary treatment focus on the integration of faith and psychotherapy throughout the treatment process. 

 

Kimberly believes that life is too short to be in an unhealthy, anxiety provoking situation that leaves one depressed and unhappy. Therefore, she has dedicated her time (and over 15 years of counseling experience in different work settings) to empower individuals to face their challenges and embrace new ways of thinking to positively impact their personal growth.

 

Additionally, Kimberly is the owner of Just Talk Counseling and Consulting, where she offers psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. When Kimberly is not working, she spends time with her family, which includes, her husband of almost 20 years, three daughters, and two dogs, all of whom keep her very busy.  In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys playing scrabble and traveling.  

Linda Hinton

Speaker

Linda is a member of Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia where she serves as lay pastor and leads a women’s only small group. Her desire is to help women embrace their amazing value, love their unique beauty, and fulfill their God-given destiny so that they will flourish as leading ladies in the Kingdom of God.

Dr. Helen Lawrence

Speaker & Host

The gift of laughter and easy going spirit is what attracts people to Helen Lawrence. Helen is a well sought after Conference Host, Mistress of Ceremony, Motivational/Keynote Speaker, Panelist, Preacher, Teacher and Psalmist. If you ever spent more than five minutes around her, you would not leave the same. One person said recently, “Yes, to know her is not just an acquaintance but an honest and exuberant experience, never to be forgotten”. Helen has served as Conference Host for multiple audiences and forums, including Insurance Professionals, Youth, Women, and Musical events.

 

Helen has always been a “Talker”, yet opposed to becoming a teacher, lawyer or journalist (which most thought), upon graduating from high school she enrolled in Nursing School. After earning her Associates in Applied Science as a Registered Nurse, she went on to earn three more degrees. Helen holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Human Sexuality, a Master’s in Business Administration - Global Management, and completed her Doctorate in Ministry-Pastoral Leadership in 2017.

 

Adding to her God-given abilities to empower, encourage, and energize, all of that “Talking” made sense in 1998 when, after years of running, she finally said yes to her spiritual calling. In 1999, she was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel and ordained in 2016. Walking in her Spiritual Gifts of Preaching, Teaching, Giving and Exhortation, Helen has served in many capacities such as Minister of Music, Praise & Worship Leader, Lead Singer with John Murray & Worship (gospel recording group), and snagged a lead acting role where her character was the wife of national recording artist & preacher – Bishop Bruce Parham in Damon Harris’ play “Always Remember”. She currently serves as the Assistant Coordinator to the Minister's Ministry at Berean Christian Church in Snellville, GA under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Lee.

 

Born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania (a suburb outside of Philadelphia), she currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA and works as a Clinical Solutions Sales Executive for 3M where she has been for eight years. An avid traveler, sports fan and blogger, in 2016 she launched HeyyyHelen.com to chronicle her love for Faith, Fashion, and Football.

Helen has always been a “Talker”, yet opposed to becoming a teacher, lawyer or journalist (which most thought), upon graduating from high school she enrolled in Nursing School. After earning her Associates in Applied Science as a Registered Nurse, she went on to earn three more degrees. Helen holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Human Sexuality, a Master’s in Business Administration - Global Management, and completed her Doctorate in Ministry-Pastoral Leadership in 2017.

 

Adding to her God-given abilities to empower, encourage, and energize, all of that “Talking” made sense in 1998 when, after years of running, she finally said yes to her spiritual calling. In 1999, she was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel and ordained in 2016. Walking in her Spiritual Gifts of Preaching, Teaching, Giving and Exhortation, Helen has served in many capacities such as Minister of Music, Praise & Worship Leader, Lead Singer with John Murray & Worship (gospel recording group), and snagged a lead acting role where her character was the wife of national recording artist & preacher – Bishop Bruce Parham in Damon Harris’ play “Always Remember”. She currently serves as the Assistant Coordinator to the Minister's Ministry at Berean Christian Church in Snellville, GA under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Lee.

 

Born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania (a suburb outside of Philadelphia), she currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA and works as a Clinical Solutions Sales Executive for 3M where she has been for eight years. An avid traveler, sports fan and blogger, in 2016 she launched HeyyyHelen.com to chronicle her love for Faith, Fashion, and Football.

Roslyn Long

Speaker

Minister Roslyn Long is anointed and appointed to preach and teach the word of God.  She received and accepted her call to preach the Gospel in 1998 on a Monday morning November 11th .  Minister Long has several favorite scriptures,  Psalms 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times : his praise shall continually be in my mouth” as well as “this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24.

She is married to a mighty man of God for 30 yrs whom she choses to call King Elliott.  They have three adult children and eight precious grandchildren. She works in the Gwinnett County Public School System as a clinician caring for students and staff.

Minster Long is an Associate minister at Friendship Baptist Church in Duluth Ga where Ronald L Bowens is the pastor. She and her husband are assistant teachers of a very powerful marriage ministry Sunday School class.

Minister Long and her husband are partners in the gospel. They were called to birth and facilitate  “Reaching Marriages for Christ Ministries” in 2003  a non-profit (501-c3) ministry. They can be found on their U-Tube channel sharing the word of God and “Tips To a Successful Marriage”.

Gwen Perkins

Speaker

Gwendolyn Y. Perkins is a Vice President and Treasury Product Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Mississippi State University and has completed postgraduate studies in discipleship counseling. She is a certified Exchanged Life Discipleship Counselor.  Gwen’s professional experience has focused on designing and, servicing treasury management solutions for businesses.  This includes identifying company needs and priorities and development of cash management systems for optimal execution of strategies.  In this role, she serves as a subject matter expert in cash management disciplines and is a regular speaker at financial services industry events.  Gwen works with companies ranging in revenue size from 10 million to 4 billion dollars. Gwen also serves as a mentor to new associates as well as provides training to business partners. She is considered a leader among her peers and has received the Certified Treasury Professional designation, the highest in her field.

 

Gwen’s volunteer experience includes 20 plus years of leadership, teaching and mentoring positions in various church, community and not for profit organizations. She has developed and administered discipleship curriculum and leadership programs for churches and para-church organizations. She has done extensive work around interpersonal skills development and emotional intelligence awareness training. Gwen served as a discipleship counselor at Grace Ministries International.  She currently serves as Board of Trustees Vice President for Family Promise of Gwinnett County, a non-for-profit organization that provides services to homeless children and their families.

Gwen’s volunteer experience includes 20 plus years of leadership, teaching and mentoring positions in various church, community and not for profit organizations. She has developed and administered discipleship curriculum and leadership programs for churches and para-church organizations. She has done extensive work around interpersonal skills development and emotional intelligence awareness training. Gwen served as a discipleship counselor at Grace Ministries International.  She currently serves as Board of Trustees Vice President for Family Promise of Gwinnett County, a non-for-profit organization that provides services to homeless children and their families. 
 

Sonya Poitter

Speaker

Sonia Piotter moved to Atlanta almost ten years ago from Dallas, Tx and is now a staff pastor at Victory World Church in Norcross. Sonia along with her husband Israel head up a ministry called Forward which was designed to help people move deeper in their relationship with God. Sonia has known the Lord for almost twenty years and is passionate about God’s daughters the experiencing the love of Jesus. Sonia resides in Atlanta with her husband of ten years and her three children.

J Michelle Ransom

Speaker & Movement Founder

J Michelle Ransom is a native Mississippian who relocated to Georgia in 1990. She worked for Walton County Public Schools as a middle school exploratory business teacher for two years and later migrated to Lawrenceville, GA to work in the Gwinnett County Public Schools System (GCPS). Mrs. Ransom worked at GCPS for 26 years as a career and technical business educator and as an assistant principal. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL (1985), a Master’s Degree in Business Education from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL (1988), NL-5 Leadership Certification from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA (1996) and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee (1999).
 

As a retired educator of 30 years, Ransom is currently the president of Undaunted Investment Group and she is the CEO of Golden Laser Logistics, LLC. Ransom does a phenomenal job of sharing the word and wisdom of God in such a way that is enlightening and encouraging. Her speeches are engaging, thought provoking, transformational and timely. She walks in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and allows Him to direct and guide her to all Truth. Ransom is on a mission to help Daughters of the King to discover their God given purpose through embracing that they are loved, valued and accepted by Jesus Christ. In addition, through salvation, deliverance and healing, Ransom desires to help women live out their purpose for the building of the God’s Kingdom. She loves the opportunity to speak life into the women she encounters each day.


Ransom has an amazing husband of going on 23 years. She is a mother of two entrepreneurial young men and a daughter-in-law. She has two very smart and humble grandteens (that’s the good thing about living by the Spirit of God and being a grandmother, you can create your own words) who resides in Winder, GA. She and her husband are members of Victory World Church and serve in the Small Group and Prayer Ministries.

Lisa Schudel, LMT

Speaker

Lisa is a board certified licensed massage therapist, nutritional consultant, and Author. She’s been married 23 years. She recently wrote a book, What’s Missing in Your Marriage. Lisa shares her personal health and spiritual journey. Her passion and mission is to help people thrive physically, spiritually, and financially. Her mission includes helping men and women who are struggling in their marriage stay happily married.

Antoinette Sims

Musical Entertainment

Min. Antoinette Sims was born & raised in Portland Oregon. She was raised up in Fellowship Church of God singing along with her grandmother Minnie Coleman and aunts since the age of 5, under the leadership of Pastor James Coleman (grandfather). Antoinette has always had a love for music but it wasn’t until the age of 11 when she encountered “God” that  her love for music connected to her love for God and became her love, joy, peace, passion & desire to worship. It was then when she realized that it’s not about just singing and going to church but about a real intimate relationship with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Antoinette has served under the leadership of Bishop Jeff Poole (New Hope Int. Warner Robins, GA) on the praise team & Single Moms Ministry until she re-married and relocated to Decatur, GA with her husband (Min. Marrio Sims) in 2007. Shortly after their moved she began an assignment as the Praise & Worship leader at Kingdom Generation Church under the leadership of Pastor Julius Miles, where she & her family both stayed planted until the Ministry relocated to Orlando, FL in 2011.  Today, she and her husband Minister Marrio Sims (son of Reverend Harry D. Sims, Shiloh Baptist Church) are both Ministers, Entrepreneurs, graduates of Beulah Heights University, parents of four beautiful children (2 girls & two boys) and faithful members, servants at The Faith Center of Atlanta, under the leadership of Pastor Vincent Campbell. Min. SIms continues to serve as one of the Praise & Worship Leaders and as a choir member, there is so much more that can be said about Antoinette who has survived so much in her life but she sums it all up with “I am a miracle! & I owe him (God) my life because he saved my life”.

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