4th Annual Gathering of First Ladies Celebration draws crowds to Wortham

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(Last Updated On: July 3, 2014)

Kingdom View Talk Show coordinators tipped their hats to First Ladies from churches from around the Houston area and across the nation at last weekend’s 4th Annual Gathering of First Ladies Celebration.

Gathering of First Ladies Founder, Michelle Harden

The two-day event benefitted Pearls for Gurlz, a Houston-based 501 (c)3 organization supporting girls who have lost their mothers due to death, incarceration or abandonment.

The event kicked off on Friday, June 27 with a First Ladies Empowerment Series, featuring keynote speaker: Jacqueline Duncan from Upper Marlboro, Md., along with speakers Dr. Saundra Montgomery of Abundant Life Cathedral, Yolanda Carroll of Abundant Love Christian Center and Pastor Peggy Spears of Springs Fellowship Church.  The empowerment series was followed by an evening worship service featuring Apostle Cynthia Brazelton of Victory Christian Ministries International.

On Saturday, June 28, the event culminated with a VIP reception and awards celebration, with keynote speaker, Sheila Jackson Lee, hosted at the Wortham Center in Downtown Houston. The event’s national honorees included Clarice Freeman and Apostle Cynthia Brazelton and special honorees Dr. Saundra Montgomery, Dr. Betty Ransom Nelson, Twanda Usher, Peggy Spears and Marilyn Williams. A number of First Ladies from area churches also were honored during the celebration.

1st runner up in Season 4 of BET’s Sunday Best, Andrea Helm wowed the crowd with several gospel selections, while gospel comedian Margo Hickman served as mistress of ceremony for the event.

The awards program was the vision of Kingdom View founder Michelle Harden and husband Randy Harden. Harden launched the annual event to honor and celebrate Houston’s First Ladies and others from across the country for the work they do in the community, city and church and to edify the body of Christ through encouraging First Ladies to bond in unity, love and support for one another.

Kingdom View is preparing for the next Gathering of First Ladies event scheduled for Sept. 12-16 in Washington, D.C.  The 4-Day national experience will be hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, along with Harden and co-host, First Lady Jacqueline Duncan of In His Presence Praise and Worship Center, and will include worship services, a First Ladies Fellowship and visits to the Capital, Congress, and Kennedy Center. For more information, call 877-331-7106 or visit www.kingdomviewtalkshow.com.

To view all of the photos from the red carpet, hosted by Empower Magazine, media sponsors for the event, visit www.Backprint.com/mini-bites and click on the Gathering of First Ladies tab.

4th Annual Gathering of First Ladies Celebration draws crowds to Wortham