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Chosen Women’s Conference teaches women about their purpose
Rhonda Whelchel
Rhonda Whelchel of Hickory Grove C.M.E. Church in Dahlonega created the Chosen Women’s Conference.

Digging into the deep and intimate aspects of life, the Chosen Women’s Conference at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville will speak new purpose into women over the course of two days. 

The founder, Rhonda Whelchel, aims to to empower, uplift and bring out the value of every female present.

“We wanted to reach out to the community and let women of all ages, young and old, know that they were chosen for a purpose, no matter what socioeconomic background they are from or dark place they are in, such as depression or strongholds of addiction,” said Whelchel, minister of Hickory Grove C.M.E. Church in Dahlonega.

“We want to let them know God can bring them out of those situations, that he has planted them specifically to do something with their life that can serve him.”

Chosen Women’s Conference

When: 7-9 p.m. Sept. 29, registration 6:30 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30, registration 8:30 a.m.

Where: First Baptist Church Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW.

How much: $35

More info: Rhonda Whelchel, 678-936-4712,

Workshop topics include relationships, soul ties, strongholds, raising children in the 21st century and health, wellness and holiness from the inside out. Other topics include identity theft, healing and grief and dance ministry.

“We are just trying to enlighten women that they are chosen and have a purpose,” Whelchel said. “It is time to break through strongholds.”

The six speakers for the conference include Sister Tabatha James, Minister Donna Jackson, the Rev. Champale Brown, the Rev. Gala Sheats, Dr. Eileen Toledo and Minister Monique Cordero.

“We really do believe that being transparent is vital. It is important to share the dark places that we have been in and those places God has brought us from,” Whelchel said. “We are hoping to bring as many as we can to Christ because that is what we are really trying to do, we want people to know Jesus Christ.”

Whelchel said the speakers want the attendees to know “there is a purpose for them being alive and being at this conference,” and hope they will “take what they learn and be so enlightened that they go and help someone else.”

Pastors Tisa Pass and Sonia Bonilla will serve as translators.

“We really are anticipating that segment of people where English may not be their first language. We wanted to make sure we had someone in place that could translate the word of God to them,” Whelchel said.

On Friday, the conference will feature a “Cardboard Ministry.”

“Friday night is going to be an introduction to what we are doing. It is really going to be a powerful thing where the cardboard actually speaks for itself,” Whelchel said. “For example, one side will say ‘I was considering committing suicide’ and on the second side of the board we are going to have how God brought you out of that dark place, such as ‘Jesus thought I was to die for.’”

Saturday includes a workshop layout where guests will spend about 40 to 45 minutes with each speaker.

“Saturday is when we will have our major classes,” Whelchel said. “It will be a rotating event.”

Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. There is a $35 registration fee. Door prizes will be awarded as well.

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