Our annual conference is the leading and largest gathering of Christian professional women worldwide. It allows a unique opportunity for professional women of faith to fellowship, network and learn from one another, and to hear from and be motivated by powerful speakers that are experienced professionals and anointed ministers of God's Word.
Attendees will leave renewed, refreshed, and empowered to take on the next spiritual, professional, and personal opportunities and challenges with boldness and confidence. The words used to describe GCPWA conferences by many are dynamic, exhilarating, informative, impactful, Christ-centered and loving. It is truly a REMARKABLE and SUPERNATURAL experience for all participants. You must experience it for yourself!
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Numerous and diverse presentations for attendee enrichment
Dynamic, Engaging, and Spirit-Filled
Serial Entrepreneur and Best-Selling Author
Bill Winston is the visionary founder and pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a 20,000-member church located in Forest Park, Illinois, and Tuskegee Christian Center in Tuskegee, Alabama. Other entities under his leadership include nationally accredited Joseph Business School in Forest Park, with eleven other partnership locations across the U.S. and internationally; Living Word School of Ministry and Missions; Forest Park Plaza (a 33-acre shopping mall); Washington Plaza (in Tuskegee); and Golden Eagle Aviation among others.
He's also the founder of Bill Winston Ministries (a ministry outreach that shares the Gospel through television, radio, and other media), and president and founder of Faith Ministries Alliance (FMA), an alliance of more than 540 churches and ministries in over 30 cities and 8 countries that are under Dr. Winston's ministerial covering and leadership. FMA's influence reaches approximately 108,200 people in the U.S. and overseas
Televangelist and Pastor
A pastor, lecturer and recording artist, Sheryl Brady has traveled extensively around the globe for more than 30 years. Brady is a featured speaker on the Women of Faith tours as well as frequent guest on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network and Daystar Television. Known for her practical and relevant use of scriptures, Pastor Brady has also been featured as a columnist for The Washington Post, Fox News and other nationally recognized publications.
She is the author of the book entitled “You Have It In You! Empowered To Do The Impossible” and speaker at the nation's largest conferences including MegaFest, Woman Thou Art Loosed as well as the first and only female speaker ever at ManPower 2010, the men's only conference hosted by Bishop T. D. Jakes. Pastor Brady serves as the pastor of The Potter's House of North Dallas.
Auntie Anne's Pretzels Founder
"Auntie" Anne Beiler is a female entrepreneur, author and speaker who has achieved amazing multi-millionaire success in the world of business. Anne's journey to success began with a desire to help broken families. To help fund a community counseling center, Anne started selling pretzels at the local farmers market. What began as a small pretzel stand quickly grew into the world's largest hand-rolled pretzel franchise with over 1,700 locations worldwide. Anne's humble beginnings have uniquely shaped her approach to business and management. “We have a purpose greater than ourselves,” she says.
Anne is among an elite group of American women who have founded and owned international franchise companies. Her commitment to excellence and humility has been recognized by national media, including Good Morning America, Oprah, and Secret Millionaire. She was named one of America's 500 women entrepreneurs and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine.
Founder, The Global Christian Professional Women's Association
Dr. Grace Stephens has put into practice much of her 25 plus years of experience in senior leadership positions at several of this country's major research institutions including the Ivy‐League. Stephens once hailed as one of the youngest college presidents in America. Her corporate experience at Goldman Sachs & Co. on Wall Street coupled with her notable work in higher education has positioned her as a leader and innovator in academia and business.
Stephens is a motivational speaker, lecturer, entrepreneur, business and ministry consultant. She is a published researcher and author – she writes, speaks, and advises on academic management, business strategy, fund development, and Christian topics. Dr. Stephens is also a licensed minister and is committed to a life of service. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her personal accomplishments, yet, she estimates her most significant achievement in advancing the Kingdom of God to be the establishment of The Global Christian Professional Women's Association, the world's largest and premier resource in serving and advancing professional women of faith.
Seven-Time Grammy Award-nominee
The legendary Vanessa Bell Armstrong made her solo debut in 1983 with the album Peace Be Still. She is a seven-time Grammy Award-nominee. One of Armstrong’s most widely praised accomplishments has been her recording of the popular 80's NBC sitcom Amen. Her hit album Wonderful One featured a cover of the Labi Siffre anti-apartheid anthem "Something Inside So Strong." The song was later remade in 1995 by Armstrong along with Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Tramaine Hawkins, Yolanda Adams, and a host of other gospel artists.
Armstrong appeared on Broadway in 1991 in a production of Don't Get God Started. "Always," a Marvin Winans composition that anchors the play, also appears on Armstrong's 1987 self-titled album. Her Broadway role led to a cameo appearance in the Oprah Winfrey TV special The Women of Brewster Place.
Comedian and National Speaker
Lisa Mills, an award-winning comedian, motivational speaker, actor, and author. She's acted alongside Catherine Bell on the Lifetime Network's hit show, Army Wives. As an in demand keynote speaker, Lisa is known for her message of Transforming Ordinary Into Extraordinary. Her slightly-skewed, southern-spun, laser-sharp wit can be seen on the Lifetime Network, NOW Network, Impact Network, Netflix, and the Dove Channel.
Pastor and Worship Leader
Diane Brown, a pastor, anointed and skilled minstrel, psalmist and worship leader, gospel preacher and teacher. She co-pastors with her husband at Christ Unity Evangelistic Church in Chicago and serves as Director of W.A.M. (Women Agape Ministry). She is the Minister of Music at several Catholic Archdiocese and private schools and is a powerful recording artist who has been featured with various world renowned gospel celebrities.
Jonathan Nicholson is a native of Elizabeth, NJ. He answered the call to music ministry during his years living in Memphis, TN. As a music performance major at the University of Memphis, he studied different genres of music, but found his passion to be specifically classical and gospel music. With a tenure of over ten years in ministry, Jonathan currently serves as the Worship Pastor at Christ United Church in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Artists and Owners of Reignfall Media
Vince Johnson, Jr. and Christina Reign created a multi-media company, Reignfall Media, LLC. Johnson is a singer, songwriter, producer, and music teacher. He has been working in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and has worked with some of the most talented and influential jazz legends of our time. Vince’s music has been featured on TV and notable venues including Radio City, Disney World, and Superbowl XX.
Christina Reign has worked professionally in the entertainment industry since she was a child. From modeling to broadcasting, from singing in bands and recording, to backup dancer and choreographer, she’s lent her talents to some of the most well-known TV shows in America. She travels the nation as a motivational speaker for at-risk young women sharing God’s Word and leading many to Christ. Together, Vince and Christina have created a musical masterpiece called, Soulful Psalms, a musical journey through the Book of Psalms.
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DESTINATION: MYRTLE BEACH
Our annual GCPWA Conference will be held in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is visited by 18 million tourists annually who frequent its 60-mile string of beaches, celebrity-designed golf courses, amusement parks, retail shops, theaters, and restaurants.
The GCPWA Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel which is situated steps away from the ocean beauty and minutes from the airport and all attractions for your ease of access. Parking is on-site. Experience spacious rooms and suites boasting plush beds, premium movie channels and floor-to-ceiling windows and so much more at the Sheraton's luxurious 4-star service hotel right in the heart of Myrtle Beach.
The parking fee is $8.00 – plus tax per day for overnight guests in the Hotel's attached parking garage with unlimited in and out privileges.
Myrtle Beach Airport (MYR)
Travel Distance: Approximately 3.0 miles
All major rental car companies have a counter located at the Myrtle Beach Airport. If you prefer to Taxi to the Hotel, the cab fare is approximately: $20 USD
Accommodations We have partnered with the the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel that will provide a significant discount to attendees of the GCPWA annual conference. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton for confirmed guests who book their rooms prior to the cut-off date.
|Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Ctr Hotel|
2101 North Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
|This contemporary 4-star hotel is located 5.3 miles (12 minutes) from the Christ Church conference site and within 15 minutes of the Myrtle Beach Airport and walking distance (1.2 miles) to the highly-celebrated and pristine Myrtle Beaches and board walk. To learn more about the Hotel and Myrtle Beach, please click here..|
|GCPWA Summer Discounted Rate:
$169 – 179 pp per night
|Reservation Cut-Off Date: June 30, 2020|
To reserve your hotel stay at the group room rate
For Dates between July 30 – August 2
Please call Sheraton reservations: (866) 716-8134
Or visit BookGCPWA2020
If you need to book a reservation prior to July 30th or departing later than August 2nd, please contact the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Reservations Coordinator directly at Meredyth.Oliver@sheratonmyrtlebeach.com, 843-918-5035 Monday - Friday between the hours of 9a - 5p.
The Global Christian Professional Women's Association (GCPWA) conference offers vendors the opportunity to showcase their products or services at our annual conference. Your participation as a vendor will help support GCPWA's overall mission, stated goals, and anticipated outcomes for this year's conference.
We're anticipating approximately 700 attendees at the conference this year. Our conference demographics are working and diverse women consumers representing approximately 80% of all participants. Your table spot will be made available in one of several prime high volume conference areas that will enable you to interact with and engage with participants.
Vendor Table Rate Card
|Single 8ft Table:||$250.00 (includes one General $50 conference ticket)|
|Half Shared 8ft Table:||$125.00|
Your Bonuses: As a vendor at the 2020 conference, your company and offerings will be included in a mailing to all registered attendees prior to the conference and your company will be mentioned on the GCPWA facebook page which reaches over 25,000 followers representing over 50 countries globally.
Vendor Application Submission Deadline: Tuesday, June 30th
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE?
Registration for the conference is simple and online. Please click here.
HOW DO I BECOME A GCPWA MEMBER?
Membership is encouraged for all professional women of faith and is free of charge.
To register to become a GCPWA member, please click here.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS
The conference will be held at The Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
GCPWA individual and group room bookings can be made at The Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. The Sheraton is within minutes from the Myrtle Beach Airport and spectacular clean beaches.
We encourage you to use mapquest.com or maps.google.com to get specific directions to our conference site and your hotel. If you have specific questions about traveling to and from the hotel, on-site parking or to make reservations for your hotel stay, please contact the partner hotel directly.
CAN MEN ATTEND?
Absolutely. Men are welcome to attend the full conference. For specific questions, please email: EVENTS@GCPWA.ORG or CALL (866) 774-2792.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
GCPWA's cancellation policy allows cancellation of a conference registration no later than sixty calendar days prior to the date the conference opens. When a registration is made for the GCPWA conference, we begin to prepare for a spot for our guests—conference materials are prepared and in some instances food ordered. Therefore, we must adhere to a strict cancellation policy to offset preparation costs already incurred.