Renewed By Grace

May 21 – 22, 2021


Have you ever wondered what it means to abide with God? How to stay with Him through thick and thin? How to remain obedient to Him especially when so many things are beckoning for your allegiance? If the answer is yes, join the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Women’s Group on May 21-22, 2021, for Renewed by Grace.

This year, the Grace Girls are gathering everywhere for a time of renewal. We are not able to go away for retreat as we usually do because of life’s circumstances. But Grace Girls do what Grace Girls do — we figure out how to meet up to connect, have enjoyable conversations and enjoy community together! Women from all over the world will gather virtually in their homes to renew their commitment to abide with God! If you’re ready to learn how to abide in Christ, register for Renewed by Grace today!

This is a free, virtual event.


Get ready to be inspired and empowered by these powerhouse women!

Brittney Borders

Brittney Borders is the eldest daughter of Drs. Michael & Deloris Freeman, pastors and founder of Spirit of Faith Christian Center, a ministry focused on faith, family, finances, fellowship and fitness.

She currently serves as the chief operating officer at Spirit of Faith. Additionally, she serves in the Ministry of Leaders alongside her husband of 12 years, Youth Pastor Kevin Borders as executive directors of Blaze Youth Ministry. Together they have four children: twin girls from her belly and two boys from her heart, by way of adoption. They are active foster parents, opening their home to children and families in need of care. Because of her desire to advocate for children in need, she is featured on multiple television talk shows and podcasts. Brittney started a YouTube channel called “Love With[out] Borders” which focuses on all aspects of motherhood, homeschooling and foster care. It is her heart’s desire to not only bring a sense of identity to children left in our system but to also change the way society views parenting.

Brelyn Bowman

Brelyn Bowman, affectionately known as “Breeze,” is an author, minister and entrepreneur. Her wisdom and commitment to Christ has produced success beyond her years. As the youngest child of Apostle Mike and Dr. Dee Dee Freeman, Brelyn was always taught to love and honor God. At just thirteen years old, she made a commitment to her Heavenly Father and her parents to embrace purity and keep herself until marriage. Though at times it became challenging, Brelyn’s genuine love for God and pursuit of holiness caused her to remain focused. Almost ten years later, Brelyn wed gospel-recording artist, Timothy Bowman, Jr. Both being virgins, their story went viral. Since then they’ve used their platform of Purity to share God’s plan for marriage throughout the world. On July 6, 2019, they welcomed their first child, Sofie Grace Bowman and on May 22, 2020, they welcomed their second child, Creswell Aaron Bowman.

Brelyn’s passion and maturity has caused her to excel in entrepreneurship and ministry. A server at heart, Brelyn remains active in her local church, Spirit of Faith Christian Center, where she serves as the director of media and co-pastor of Echo, a service that reaches many young adults. Brelyn is determined to fulfill her purpose as a living example of what God intended life to be. Brelyn Bowman is simply put — a young woman who loves God and is committed to fulfill His assignment for her life.

Pastor Laurel Bunker

For over 25 years Pastor Laurel Bunker has been a leader in the fields of higher education, non-profit business management, church leadership and Para church ministry. A writer, sought after speaker and minister of the gospel, her love for the Lord and for people has led her across the country where she ministers to thousands of people in a diversity of settings including national conferences, colleges and universities, churches, corporations and nonprofits.

Today, Pastor Bunker is the vice president of Christian Formation and Church Relations and interim vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. where she serves as a top-level administrator, overseeing the spiritual development initiatives of the campus as well as managing a team of gifted individuals who develop the missions, discipleship, prayer, outreach and worship ministries for the University.

Pastor Laurel and her husband Joshua, make their home in Saint Paul, Minn. with their two daughters, Naomi and Camile.

Valorie Burton

National bestselling author, international speaker and life strategist Valorie Burton is the founder and CEO of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute. Her life-changing message has an intriguing, research-based emphasis in the pioneering field of applied positive psychology – the study of what happens when things go right with us. She teaches that resilience is a skill that can be learned – and anyone who wants to have fulfillment, high impact and success must learn it.

She has written 13 books on personal development translated into nine languages, including the bestsellers “Successful Women Think Differently,” “Successful Women Speak Differently,” “What’s Really Holding You Back?,” and the most recent book “Let Go of the Guilt.” In 2020, two of her books received the Bronze Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, an honor bestowed upon high-quality books that are among the top-selling books in the last decade.

She has a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She and her husband Jeff live south of Atlanta with their children.

Dr. DeeDee Freeman

Dr. Deloris R. Freeman, affectionately known as Dr. DeeDee, is the wife of Apostle Michael A. Freeman, senior pastor and founder of Spirit of Faith Christian Center, a ministry focused on faith, family, finance, fellowship and fitness.

Devoted to the vision of the ministry, Dr. DeeDee serves alongside her husband to ensure that his God-given assignment is carried out. An example to many, her lifestyle, and teachings both inspire, motivate and challenge women to develop strong relationships with God and with their families. A champion of healthy marriages, she passionately encourages women to be incubators of their husband’s visions and dreams. Dr. DeeDee is an anointed teacher of the uncompromising Word of God. She has a desire to see the entire Body of Christ have what God intended for them to have; however, she is especially passionate to see the women of God having, doing and being everything they are entitled to according to His Word.

Through Dee’s House of Hope, a transitional home (construction in progress) for battered women, Dr. DeeDee and her team will offer a multitude of essential resources and services to battered women in an effort to propel them and their children into successful futures.

In 2015, she earned a master’s degree in human services and completed her doctoral degree in strategic leadership in 2019.

She is the mother of three lovely children, Brittney, Joshua and Brelyn and grandmother to eight grandchildren. Dr. DeeDee attributes her success to God, her parents, and the continual leadership and support of her husband.

Diana Mescher

Diana Mescher loves to encourage others to discover more of Jesus! This Iowa native moved to Arizona to complete her Masters of Divinity. With over a decade of experience leading in local church ministry and supporting ministry leaders around the globe, her wisdom, insight and practical teaching have empowered and encouraged audiences of all ages to better understand the heart of God and live out their faith.

Diana has spoken at churches, retreats and chapels in the states and around the globe. She is a leading voice of Cornerstone’s Daily Devos and women’s ministry team. You can often find Diana enjoying local coffee shops, hiking around the Phoenix Valley or talking about a new documentary!

Pastor Pushie Watson

Pastor Pushie Watson was born again in 1995 at Rhema Bible Church South Africa and was first introduced to the public as a television presenter in 1997. In 2003, she surrendered to the call of God on her life and began serving in ministry as a volunteer in the television department and later in the Women’s Ministry.

In 2006, she attended Bible College and in 2008, she graduated from Rhema Bible Training Centre as top academic achiever two years in a row. In 2010, she became head of the Women’s Ministry at Rhema Bible Church, hosting monthly meetings of over 1,000 women as well as an annual conference. She has since gone on to become an itinerant minister, traveling and preaching the gospel.

Pastor Pushie was ordained as a pastor at Rhema Bible Church by Pastor Ray McCauley in July 2012.

Gospel Artists

Be encouraged by the inspirational sounds of these award-winning artists!

Gaye Arbuckle

Gaye Arbuckle, a national gospel recording artist hailing from Dallas, Tx., radiates the heart of a worshiper. From the soul of a woman in love with God, Gaye declares the message of God. Not only is she a talented musician and choir director, but she has been endowed with a gift to pen songs that come from the heart of God.

For the last 15 years, Gaye has served as the minister of music at Concord Church in Dallas, Tx., where she leads praise and worship on any given Sunday. Gaye was presented to gospel music in New Orleans at a very young age by the late Reverend James Cleveland and the founder and president of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Since that time, she’s sung with and opened for artists such as Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Kelly Price and Stephen Hurd.

In 2011, Gaye received two Stellar Award nominations for Praise and Worship Album of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year. She was also nominated for Songwriter of the Year and earned the Second Place title for Female Vocalist of the Year on Bobby Jones Gospel.

Gaye received her minister’s license in 2018 and was featured on her church’s album, “Not Guilty” released in June 2019.

Gaye is the proud mother of two adult children.

Natalie Grant

Eight-time GRAMMY nominee Natalie Grant has remained one of Christian music‘s top-selling artists with more than 500 million streams and multiple number 1’s on the Billboard albums and singles charts. Most recently, Grant launched her newest album “No Stranger,” which set a 20-year milestone and gave the singer the biggest first-week debut of her career and sold more in its first week than any other contemporary Christian music album in 2020.

A fierce advocate for social justice, Natalie is also the co-founder of Hope For Justice, an international non-profit organization with 32 offices spanning 10 countries that work to end modern-day slavery.

Over her 20-year career, Natalie’s mission has remained consistent — that people would experience the hope of Jesus in everything she does. Though her reach and responsibilities are vast, she continues to focus on her number one priority — family. Grant and her husband, GRAMMY award-winning songwriter/producer Bernie Herms, live in Nashville with their three daughters Bella, Grace and Sadie.


Friday, May 21

Noon | Food for Thought: A Discussion on Abiding with Valorie Burton
Grab your lunch and join us to hear nuggets on how to abide effectively with life coach and strategist Valorie Burton.

6:30 p.m. | Conversation Hubs Open

7:30 p.m. | Renewed by Grace: A Night of Prayer and Conversation with Friends
Renewed by Grace kicks off with the inspirational sounds of national recording artist, Gaye Arbuckle, followed by “Asking for My Friend” — a conversation with Dr. DeeDee Freeman and daughters, Brittney Borders and Brelyn Bowman, and First Lady and daughters Ana and Natalie.

9 p.m. | Grace Girl Movie Watch Party

Saturday, May 22

Grace Girls, we’re diving deeper into what it means to abide and learning ways to overcome the hindrances that block our ability to be obedient.

9 a.m. | Conversation Hubs Open

10 a.m. | Renewed Obedience with Diana Mescher

11 a.m. | Break

11:10 a.m. | Renewed Faith with Pastor Pushie Watson

Noon | Renewed Joy with National Recording Artist Natalie Grant and Pastor Laurel Bunker
Pastor Laurel Bunker will join us to discuss the benefits of being obedient to Christ, which includes joy! And Natalie Grant 

12:45 p.m. | Dismissal/Grace Encounters
Grace Encounters are a time to reflect on what we’ve learned during Renewed by Grace and strategize on how we can take what we’ve heard and apply it to our lives so that we can walk closely with God — and we’re doing it over lunch! For those of you who have been vaccinated, feel free to invite some Grace Girls to your home for conversation and reflection. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, no worries! We have virtual watch parties that will be hosted by Grace Girls from all around the world. So ladies, grab your lunch and head to a Grace Encounter Party, either in-person or virtually.

Walk Like a Grace Girl Nomination

  • A Grace Girl is a woman who understands that she is God’s light because she has a personal relationship with Him. She talks with God on the regular and knows that she has access to Him because of what Jesus did on the cross.

  • A Grace Girl consistently abides in Christ through obedience and does it with joy.

  • A Grace Girl also knows that her light and how she lives her life has the ability to draw non-believers into a relationship with God. She helps others understand that they are loved by God just as they are, and they can fully become who God has called them to be.

    Do these characteristics remind you of any women in your life? If so, we encourage you to nominate them for the “Walk Like a Grace Girl” Recognition! This recognition will highlight women who consistently abide in God through obedience. To nominate someone, please submit a 200-word submission for your woman of choice discussing how she abides with God through obedience and what is the evidence of her joy.The selected Grace Girls will receive baskets of encouragement during Renewed by Grace.

    Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, May 14.

Conversation Hubs

When Grace Girls gather, we have great conversations. Join us on the virtual platform before the sessions and get in on the chatter about fun and interesting topics!

Grace Girl Wives | Hosted by Tanya Capito and Crystal Hillard
I said, “I do!” Now, how do I? Everyone is excited about the “I do” but how do I go through? For a wife to and thrive in marriage, she must be determined to remain dependent upon Christ. Join us as we have lively discussion on how to abide successfully in marriage.

Grace-prenuers: Get Your Grace On | Hosted by Reverend Cynthia Terry
God gives us witty ideas for businesses. Join the conversation with business women powerhouses as they share the ideas God has blessed them with to start their businesses! 

Gracefully Single | Hosted by Ashley Grier
Ladies, we know the single life can be challenging; however, perspective is everything. And, even though you have been a faithful steward to God, it feels like He may have forgotten about you. Join us as we are reminded that Mr. Right chose YOU a long time ago.  

The Natural Grace Girl | Hosted by Ny Kenya Chamberlain
We know that caring for your crown in its natural state can be challenging and overwhelming. Do not panic, we have the answers to your burning questions. Come join the natural hair conversation with a natural hair expert. Bring your questions to our virtual space.

The Traveling Grace Girl | Hosted by Tiffani Denham
Whether on a missions trip or a personal vacation, we are ambassadors for Christ wherever we go. If you are ready to travel the world but haven’t because of restrictions, protocols, budget or health concerns, this is a conversation for you. Put your mind at ease as we discuss all things “travel” for any budget. You can live an abundant life while experiencing new places and cultures.

Glam Grace Girl | Hosted by Khadijah Williams
With things opening again, it’s time to get your glam on! Join the conversation and learn quick tips to enhance your natural beauty. Chat with you soon!

Healthy Life Rhythms | Hosted by Ashley Grier
Life comes at you fast. We need holistic strategies to cope. What life and mental health strategies do you use? Can’t wait to get the conversation going on this topic. How about you?

Grace Girl Glow | Hosted by Amber Connley
Want to keep your skin healthy and glowing? Join our conversation with aesthetician Amber to get the latest on skin care.

Holy Spirit,  Is That You? | Hosted by Reverend Annie Darden
Knowing the Holy Spirit will radically change your life because He will guide you, direct you and teach you, if you learn to listen for His voice. So, let us take a deep dive into this topic and see how He can transform you.

Parenting Through COVID | Hosted by Erica Staples
Juggling the roles of parent and working professional is challenging enough as it is — throw in a disruption like a worldwide pandemic and it can feel downright impossible. Thank God for His grace, patience and love that allows us to pour into our children! Join us as we discuss and share ideas on “parenting through COVID.”

Prayer Hub | Hosted by The Women’s Prayer Team
Do you struggle with communicating with God effectively? Drop into the Prayer Hub and hear the conversation on prayer.