Women of faith to ‘shine’ at conference


This group of local Destin women joined together last year because they wanted to make a difference in their community. This year they’ve expanded their outreach and have two well-known, international speakers joining their efforts. Pictured are (front, from left) Dr. Kimberly Ray, G. Gay Landreth, Valerie Peterson, Rev. Dee Chernicky, Mona Ponder, Sonya Cunningham, Kellie Spears, and (back, from left) Amanda Wilders, Diana Dylnicki, Tori Chiasson, Robyn Bomar, Michelle Wilders and Misty Parenzan.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM.

When the first Shine On Women’s Conference was held in March 2012 at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk, it was a huge success with a sold-out crowd.

This year the event will be held March 15-16 and has moved to the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island as the Shine On Women’s and Teen’s Conference.

“(It) is a gathering of women and teens who are coming together to seek God, to be encouraged and empowered by His Word and to find His will for their lives,” Dee Chernicky told The Log. “It is a place where women and teens will fellowship and make life long connections. It’s a place where dreams will be empowered, and where revelation for living your best God-life will be revealed.”

Chernicky, a wife, mother, author, and business entrepreneur, is a licensed and ordained minister through Destiny Worship Center, founder of One Heart One Voice Ministries, and the host of the Shine On Women’s and Teen’s Conference. 

In addition to Chernicky, six other teachers with diverse backgrounds and ministries will share their biblical knowledge. Selection of the women is a thoughtful process, according to Chernicky.

“I spend a lot of time in prayer,” she said. “I seek God and ask Him to reveal His heart to me concerning the message that He has for His women. Then, I ask Him who has that message to impart.”

This year’s speakers are Ruth Graham, daughter of World Evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham; Cathy Duplantis with Jesse Duplantis International Ministries; Scarlett Harrington from the Goodness of God Church; Mona Ponder with Business Empowered based in Destin; Valerie Peterson, licensed mental health counselor; and Faith Ellisor, an author and speaker.

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