Keynote Speakers: Gloria J. Smalls Gloria is the visionary of Women of Destiny Ministries, Inc. She became a passionate advocate for families affected by abusive relationships during her work at Pivot ministries, Inc., a drug and alcohol inpatient program for men in Fairfield County. It was during this time that Gloria saw firsthand the consequences endured by families who have been affected by physical and emotional abuse. During her fourteen-year stay at Pivot Ministries, Gloria accepted the realization that she was entrusted by God with a global assignment to develop an organization whose purpose is to use biblical principles to rebuild, reclaim and restore families. Gloria was ordained as a minister under the leadership of the late Bishop Alvin L. Tate, Soul Saving Station, International in New York. She served as the President of the International Women’s Department of the Soul Saving Station. Gloria also spearheaded a ministry in Southern New Jersey called The South Jersey Women’s Ministry; which hosted conferences, seminars and workshops as well as training women to develop women outreach ministries in their churches. Gloria was very active in Women’s Aglow, a National and International women’s ministry and ministered in various Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship Chapters in New England and other parts of the country. Gloria was privileged to serve as co-president of the Tri-State Network, made up of various programs with the goal of reaching minority youth in local churches, communities and youth programs. She is no stranger in her community and has
served on several boards to help promote change in health care. She was also the Executive Administrator for Pivot Ministries for a number of years and served as an advisor for a local ministry that supports family values. Gloria holds several certifications. She repositioned herself to become certified by the State of Connecticut as a domestic violence counselor and a child advocate. She is also a certified businesswoman and Clinical Pastoral Educator by Norwalk Hospital. Gloria is under the leadership of Pastor Derek L. Calhoun, New Vision International Ministries in Bridgeport, Connecticut. At New Vision she serves in the capacity of a teacher, is the Womenâ€™s Ministry Leader and is part of the ministerial staff. Gloria considers one of the highest honors is being a mother of three wonderful children, Marcus, Shante and Philip as well as being a grandmother of two lively grandsons, Justin Israel and Kaleb Hermes Smalls. She resides in Norwalk, Connecticut with her husband Alonzo and her mother Marion E. McAllister.
Dr. Tonya Williams Dr. Tonya Williams is an anointed motivational speaker, preacher, prophetess and teacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with authority, revelation and deliverance. As an associated minister of the New Greater Ministries for 16 years where the honorable Dr. John H. Boyd, Sr. is Pastor, Dr. Williams serves in various facets of the ministry as a counselor, teacher, coordinator and administrator. Dr. Tonya Williams is CEO of Visionaries, Women on the Move, Inc., a non-profit womenâ€™s organization formed to develop support initiatives such as conferences, summits and retreats to empower diverse women in the New York tri-state area. Many people are drawn to her Christ-like character and genuine concern for Godâ€™s people because she challenges the Body of Christ to shake off complacency and live as God has intended, fruitful and effective. She is dedicated to heralding a message that brings inspiration, encouragement, and effective change to those who embrace the word of God. Through teaching and preaching the word of God, she empowers them through the Holy Spirit, to rise above their current circumstances and to pursue the plans that God has for their lives.