Lauren Horton

Lauren Horton has a passion for connecting with young ladies by offering spiritual guidance and encouragement.  Her grandfather, Willie Wilson of Grace Bible Chapel shared the plan of salvation with her and at the age of seven, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.


She serves as Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and Praise team member at Bethany Pembroke Chapel of Detroit where she attends with her mother, Elise Wilson-Horton and her brother Jeremy.  Lauren has served as staff member and workshop facilitator for the United Assemblies of Detroit's annual winter and spring youth retreats.


Lauren graduated from Western Michigan University in April 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a Human Resources Management concentration.  She is currently working full time as a Human Resources Associate while pursuing a Master of Divinity with a Ministry Leadership concentration at Moody Theological Seminary.  She is also taking Continuing Education courses through Moody Bible Institute to enrich her knowledge of the Word of God.


Lauren resides with her mother and brother in Canton, Michigan.  As she continues to mature in the Lord, Lauren's prayer is to share the Word of God to women and help them see their value in God's eyes.     


 Marian Pledger

Marian Pledger is a full-time Christian missionary teacher and speaker committed to evangelizing and disciplingchildren and women.  She is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio; Cleveland State University; American Baptist College; Child Evangelism Fellowship Leadership Training Institute; and West Africa Leadership Training Institute.

Her numerous publications include: History of Baptists in the Liberation and Empowerment of African Americans; African American Involvement in Foreign Missions in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; The Black Thread: An Account of the Biblical Heritage of Black People in the Language of the Common Man; and Treasures in an Earthen Vessel.  

Marian is also a renowned, inspiring, motivational speaker with the United Conference for Women, and has captivated many with her vivid poetry.

She is the mother of three sons, has traveled as a missionary in West and Southern Africa.    


Mary White


Mary White, 83, growing in grace, loving the Lord and always his servant. Wife of former pastor Joseph White, mom of six. I have always had a passion for children, running a daycare, Mary’s Little Lambs, teaching Sunday School and Junior Church, working Boys and Girls Bible Club and Child Evangelism Fellowship. I now live in a senior living facility and my prayer was, Lord let me be used for your glory and my good.








Mia Butler-Franklin 

As stated in Isaiah 49:1, "The Lord hath called me from the womb..." Mia Patrice Butler-Franklin was called to ministry before she was conceived in her mother's womb; she was called at the foundation of the Earth. Our heavenly Father decided that this young lady would be born on a Sunday morning in January 1975...and so it was; her journey to fulfill her God-ordained position on Earth began. 

Matthew 20:16 says, "...many be called, but few chosen."  Mia was chosen to teach the word and has been doing so since 2002.  Not only does she teach the word, she is a teacher by profession.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix Online.    

On the first Sunday in February 2005 she delivered her first sermon after answering her calling to "Preach the season, out of season" according to 2 Timothy 4:2.  In July 2005 she received her certificate being recognized as an Evangelist from the late Pastor Robert L. Ware of Beulah First Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.  On September 27, 2015, Mia became a licensed minister of God's Word by Pastor Rubin H. Benjamin of Beulah First Missionary Baptist Church.  Mia understands the importance and power of prayer; therefore, she uses this spiritual tool to come against the enemy of God.  She teaches Sunday School and has been the director of Vacation Bible School since 2003.  She has also taught Bible class and Vacation Bible School.  

She is the wife of James Franklin II and the mother of James III, Marcus and Myles.

Most importantly, Mia loves the Lord and isn't afraid to stand for Him no matter where she is.  




Noelle Childress 

Noelle Childress is a native of Detroit, graduating from Detroit Renaissance H.S. and later Grand Valley State University. The daughter of parents in youth ministry, Noelle naturally gravitated toward youth work from an early age; serving as program director at Circle Y Ranch Bible Camp for the first time at only 17 years of age. She has served several summers since then at Circle Y, she continues to serve on the committee for the United Assemblies of Detroit Youth conferences and events, in addition to co-chairing Girls Living On the Word (GLOW) of the United Conference for Women. Noelle enjoys giving back by serving as an assistant track and cross-country coach at Renaissance, a position that is challenging but so very rewarding. She believes you always have to be on your best behavior because you never know who is watching (Matthew 5:16) - or who knows you!