Unveiling Jesus Women's Encounter Speakers
Tricia Gunn is the author of the book, Unveiling Jesus, Beholding Him in His Amazing Grace. She has been involved in ministry for over two decades and has always had a passion to see God’s beloved children healed and delivered — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She has had the honor of touching many people through writing curriculums on spiritual freedom and prayer as well as leading conferences in which thousands have participated. She has enjoyed the privilege of a front-row seat to witness the Lord’s miraculous power to transform countless lives for His glory. Tricia teaches Bible studies and speaks at conferences with the goal of sharing the truth of our identity in Christ, the finished work of Jesus, and how much God loves us! Tricia is the wife of Mark for 29 years, and mother 5 beautiful children. Tricia and her family reside in Birmingham, Alabama
Jennifer Machen is the wife of Mark Machen, who pastors Life of Faith Church in Birmingham, Alabama. They have been married for 26 years and have 3 children, Olivia (married to Justin) Scott, Brooke (married to Daniel) Dauwe, and Seth. Jennifer is a homeschool mom and has been by her husband’s side as he has pastored for the past 4 years. She is a student at the Birmingham location of Charis Bible College. In 2011, Jennifer and Mark’s lives were radically transformed by the message of Grace. The truth of the true Gospel created in them a relationship with their Heavenly Father that they never thought possible. Jennifer is excited to share with you what Grace has done to her.
Suzanne Shinn grew up as a Christian. Having always wanted so much to please her Heavenly Father, a few years ago she realized that, in spite of all her efforts, she found herself to be completely empty, burdened and mostly burned out. Desperately searching for her identity, she came to the realization that for too long she’d been living in the land of Egypt when, because of Jesus’ finished work, God had already put her in the Promise Land. Suzanne has been a speaker, teacher and comedian, both professionally and as a part of conferences. She is an attorney (by trade) but is now a LAWyer whose passion is sharing the astounding GOOD NEWS of HIS AMAZING GRACE. She loves teaching God’s word, acting, counseling and especially encouraging others to discover the ONLY TRUE fulfillment in life….Jesus Christ Himself.
Wendy Anger was born October 8, 1961, to Harvey and Emma Henley. She has three brothers, Toby, Ed, and Dot. She is mother of two handsome young men, Trey and Cody. She has worked at Saint Vincent’s Hospital for 35 years and currently works as an R.N. in the Neuro-spine Center under the direction of Dr. Robert Nesbitt. Wendy confessed Christ early in life at First Baptist Church in Powderly, and later moved to New Pilgrim Baptist church with her parents. She was later lead to Producing Faith ministries under the leadership of Pastor Frank Machen. Producing Faith ministries is where the word of God became real to her and she believed and received it. God has proven Himself strong on her behalf. She is now active in the church, serving under the current leadership of Pastor Mark Machen. Obedient to Gods calling in her life, she founded and started a fellowship for woman called “RENEW”: Rich Exciting Nuggets of Eternal Wisdom for women who believe that “as Jesus is so are we in this world!” We study the character of God through His Word, renewing our minds and being led by and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Connie has served as a pastor's wife for over 20 years and she has been set free by grace! She has found freedom from performance based religion and is enjoying the revelatory journey of grace. Connie was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and she loves her Razorbacks! She graduated from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri (where she met her husband, Dale), and they have lived in a variety of cities in the southern and midwestern regions of the country as they served in ministry. Connie has had a widely varied career path which includes teaching high school, banking, insurance, hospice and even veterinary care! She understands the value of market place ministry and the need for grace carriers in the work place. Grace is an environment changer! Connie and her husband serve as elders at Life Springs Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Tajuan McCarty is the Founder of The WellHouse, a nonprofit, faith-based and Christ-centered agency dedicated to rescuing women from sexual exploitation/human trafficking. Her professional experience includes leadership positions in which she has assisted women ex-offenders re-enter society; helped implement Alabama’s first program devoted to helping chronically homeless, severely mentally ill women, and as a social worker for the AL DHR. She holds Master degrees in Public Health and Public Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from UAB. Tajuan is uniquely qualified to be a forerunner in the fight against trafficking. At 15, she was sexually exploited by her “boyfriend-turned-pimp,” and trafficked to Birmingham so many times it became her home. She is a passionate advocate for victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Tajuan was recognized as one of The Top 20 Women Who Make a Difference in Birmingham, accepted The FBI Director's Community Leadership Award on behalf of The WellHouse, was recognized as The A-List by B-Metro Magazine and Faces of Birmingham with Style BluePrint Magazine both in January, 2015, and featured as An Everyday Hero in Good Housekeeping, March 2015.
Darlene Hacker has been leading and teaching Bible Studies for almost 40 years. Around 2006 she had the beginning of a new Jesus awakening; the Lord started opening her eyes to the "too good to to be true" truths of His Grace. Over a period of time has totally changed the way she prayed, read, and taught scripture. In 2013 the Lord gave Darlene a new assignment “to set the captives free.” Now her passion is to teach Jesus in such a way that people are freed from all forms of self effort and behavior modification religion. She lives in Hoover, Alabama, with Tom her husband of more than than 28 years. They have 4 wonderful children and 13 GRAND children that she loves to dote on! From Darlene: “Religion is relentless in brainwashing you into being a defeated pretending performer; the true Gospel instructs you to receive the finished work of Jesus as a gift that frees you daily to walk in victory and rest in every area of your life!” "Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty!” (Corinthians 3:17)
Von Jenkins is the wife of Bill Jenkins for 40 years. The have 3 grown children and 5 wonderful grandchildren. From Von: "I am just like many of you. I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I was gloriously saved as an 8 year old child, but it wasn't until about 5 years ago that I really fully understood just how much Jesus loves me. Once I learned that at salvation I received the gift of His righteousness, I have been able to enjoy my oneness with Him in a whole new dimension. Jesus truly is 'the sweetest name I know.'”
Brenda Blaze sensed a call of God as a little Catholic girl and told everyone she wanted to be a nun when she grew up. Then at age 18 she met Jesus and asked Him into her heart. It was then the call was awakened and she attended Bible school and went into full time ministry working in the local church, short term missions, writing for a women's magazine, and taking speaking engagements. But Brenda knew in her heart there was something more, and one night the a Lord spoke to her heart and said, "I want you to listen to Joseph Prince and the message of Grace for yourself!” She did and just wept as she said within herself, “This is it! This is not just the missing piece this is the whole puzzle! I have found Whom my soul longs for and I will spend the rest of my life and all of eternity fathoming the riches of His Grace and the depths of His Love.” Brenda lives in Fort Worth Texas with her husband Kyle, a paramedic, and sons Nathan and Jonathan who are young film makers.
After being born again and Spirit filled in 1992, Susan ministered alongside her husband in children's ministry for over 13 years. In 2006 she began to hear the call of God for her life to teach God's people about His unconditional Love and Grace. As a minister of reconciliation she has seen God do miraculous things in peoples’ lives such as healing, deliverance, and the supernatural gifts in operation through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Susan was ordained and licensed into ministry in 2008 at Open Door Church in Birmingham, AL. Since then she has served in leadership, pastoral care, and as a teacher through Pastoring, small groups, discipleship classes, and Bible college. She is a gifted minister who is passionate to see God's people experience His presence and His fullness in every area of life. She is a Certified Group Leader for Charis Bible Studies (Andrew Wommack Ministries) and holds a 1st Year certificate from Charis Bible College - Bible Training Institute. Susan and her husband Barry live in Birmingham, AL, have been married for 36 years and have two daughters who serve in ministry along with their husbands. They also have two adorable grandchildren.