FBCG Women


If you missed Immerse or would like to revisit your favorite sessions, here's your chance! Get exclusive access to a 5-day devotional, interviews with speakers, on-demand content and encouraging tips and testimonials to further your faith.

Paid access to the Grace Girls Community Platform for on-demand and other exclusive content is non-refundable. Digital access will be available to purchase starting Friday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 2.

We’ve emerged from the deep All In.

Now together let’s go the distance and see what lies beyond the horizon.

Grace Girls, it’s time to live fully immersed in God and in His Word. Only then can we confidently stay the course and go the distance in faith.

Join us at Immerse – a He Loves Me Experience.

This amazing hybrid event will feature dynamic speakers and an unforgettable praise and worship experience. Prepare to elevate your faith and strengthen your connection with God!


Immerse is being held online and at the Worship Center, at 600 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20774.

This event is free, but registration is required.


Exclusive Content Includes:


  • An Immerse devotional
  • Live chats with First Lady Trina Jenkins
  • On-Demand access to event playback
  • A special giveaway, discounts and more!


Pastor Angel Barnett

Angel Barnett is a passionate follower of Christ with a heart for the “least of these”. Over the past 26 years, she and her husband, Luke Barnett, have led churches with an emphasis on Kingdom growth, innovation and community outreach. Angel has also ministered in places such as Russia, India, Haiti, Bangladesh, and South America. Since 2011, Luke and Angel have pastored Dream City Church, a multi-site campus in Phoenix, Arizona, building on the legacy of Luke’s father, Tommy Barnett.

Angel’s leadership experience has propelled her to assume a variety of managerial and ministerial roles, including a leadership position for Creative Arts at Dream City Church, which reaches tens of thousands annually through events such as the Celebration of Christmas, Dream Conference and Easter Extravaganza. She has also served as the Dream City Church Women’s Ministry Director, overseeing major women’s events, monthly gatherings and weekly small group studies.

In 2018, Angel became passionately involved in various outreach efforts to the Short Creek Community, which straddles the Utah/Arizona border. Formerly under the control of a polygamous cult, the residents of this community were left in desperate need, emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually.

Today, Angel is using that passion to serve the Short Creek Community through the Short Creek Dream Center, which provides a place of refuge from anyone fleeing an abusive and oppressive environment and offers transitional housing, recovery, community outreach, food and more. Through these efforts, Angel envisions a renewed community that is on a path to a secure and sustainable future. It is her belief that when we respond to a great cause, we will accomplish great things together.

Angel currently serves as CEO of the Dream Institute, part of the number one non-profit organization in the world that addresses the human trafficking crises while also serving struggling families, addicts, the homeless and disadvantaged.

Pastor Tasha Cobbs-Leonard

For Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, it all began in her hometown, Jesup, Georgia. There she functioned as Worship Leader of Jesup New Life Ministries, founded by her late father, Bishop Fritz Cobbs. Tasha faithfully lent her talents at her local assembly before an unforeseen relocation to Atlanta, Georgia, where she joined the thriving dReam Center Church of Atlanta. Most of her tenure at dReam Center entailed leading worship weekly and managing the various entities of the Worship & Arts Department. She now serves as one of the team pastors at dReam Center.

In 2012, Cobbs would go on to record her freshman project titled GRACE, produced by multi-award-winner and Motown Gospel label mate, VaShawn Mitchell. This project laced with organic and moving tracks featured the lead single, Break Every Chain, which landed as Billboard’s #1 song for a total of 12 weeks. This anthem unleashed liberation to countless audiences nationwide each time it was heard or ministered. The album Grace landed on Billboard’s Top 10 Gospel Albums chart for a year. It was definite that the world had received not just another singer, but a rare gift.

More than an artist, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard is an innovative tool of influence with a passion for mentorship. Resulting from this passion came the launch of the iLead Escape, a global ministry mentorship program that aids 2,000 mentees in sharpening the knowledge and execution of their gifts. In addition to this program, Tasha extended the reach of her mentorship with her debut book, WORSHIP 101, a manual that revisits the basics of worship.

In such a short time, Tasha has seen extraordinary success with accomplishments that include: a Grammy Award, 3 Stellar Awards, and 3 Dove Awards. She notes God’s grace as the reason for it all.
Pastor Tasha Cobbs-Leonard continues to brand herself as a multifaceted game-changer as she blazes her own trail with her music career and ministry efforts. In light of all the recognition she has been afforded, her goal remains to use her platform as an opportunity to fulfill the purpose of her assignment.

Pastor Charné Pretorius

Pastor Charné Pretorius is married to the love of her life, Bert Pretorius. Together they pastor 3C, a multi-racial, multi-cultural church based in Pretoria with many campuses throughout South Africa and some in the USA.

Charné has a tremendous heart for women and heads up the church’s women’s ministry. With an all-consuming love for her family, community and especially the lost, she has made it her mission to preach, teach and heal wherever she goes purposely winning souls and making disciples.


Charné co-founded and developed the NPO, Mahlasedi Foundation, which incorporates a number of nationwide community-based initiatives throughout South Africa. She believes that there is a better future to be forged for the children of the rainbow nation through the empowerment that comes with knowing God and who you are in Him.

Schooled at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, she studied two years of medicine at the University of Pretoria after which she changed career paths and obtained her BCom Hons at the University of Johannesburg. She continued on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant and worked as an auditor for a number of years before joining her husband full-time in pastoring. Both Bert and Charné hold honorary doctorates in theology.

The happy couple, who have been married for 30 years, have three sons, all married to incredible women, and three adopted daughters who are all in primary school. The family has also been blessed with four grandchildren with two more on the way.

Conversation Host

Dr. Celeste Owens

Dr. Celeste Owens is a sought-after international speaker and facilitator whose mission is to equip women to live free and whole through the surrender of spirit, mind, and body. A transformative healer, she uses the word of God and psychological principles to bring women to total wellness.

Owens is the author of several books, including “The 40-Day Surrender Fast.” An accomplished scholar, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Science in applied counseling psychology from the University of Baltimore and a Doctorate of Philosophy in counseling psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in trauma.

Surrender is what Owens does. She will continue to encourage others wherever she may go to do God’s Will—His Way—All the Time!


Anna Golden

Anna Golden started her career as a showbiz kid and is the youngest of four unusually talented siblings. She spent most of her childhood in Los Angeles audition rooms, landing a manager before she could drive and earning consistent work with mainstream entertainment outlets, including Radio Disney.

The Lord told her at age 11 that music would be her calling, and she chose to accept that mandate. By 18, she was in charge of the worship team at Faith Church in her hometown and began to release her worship songs independently.

In 2017, Pastor Tasha Cobbs Leonard invited Golden to a recording session for her historic album, “Heart. Passion. Pursuit,” and featured the young singer on her single “Gracefully Broken.” From there, Golden traveled with the pastor as a background vocalist. When Leonard launched her imprint, TeeLee Records, she chose Golden as her debut artist.

Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic began to impact the world, Golden, joined by her sister Liz Golden and pop superstar Selena Gomez, uploaded a stripped-down cover of the worship anthem “The Blessing” to Instagram. The post gained massive attention for Golden and ushered the release of the single “Peace,” to critical acclaim.

Benita Jones

Originating from Selma, Ala., Benita Jones is a national gospel recording artist and songwriter. Formally known as Benita Washington, she has 15 years in the industry, beginning with her first album, “Hold On,” featuring the fan-favorite, “Thank You.” Since that time, she has released several projects, including “Renaissance: Live in Nashville,” “The Word Remains” and “The Evolution,” which earned her a Stellar Award nomination. It was from “The Evolution” album that she also released the single “Stand and Proclaim” and the popular hit “Way Maker.” In July 2020, Jones released her fifth and current album, “The Entreating,” which includes the current radio single “Good God.” This song has earned Jones recognition by the Recording Academy and several placements on the Billboard charts.

Jones led and served for over 12 years in the worship and arts ministry at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Her following grew tremendously as she became one of the world’s most recognized internet worship leaders. As a result of that admiration and the call to empower worship leaders in the local church, Jones founded EvolveU Worship in 2014. Since its inception, she has served as a consultant and clinician to numerous music ministries nationwide. Jones is also conference host of the EvolveU Worship Gathering, where music ministry teams, leaders, musicians, and pastors gather to refuel, refresh and realign themselves for ministry in their local churches.

Schedule at a glance

Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 

6:30 p.m. | Doors Open/Exhibits/Concessions/Prayer Room
7:15 p.m. | GG Live Opens (Pre-show)
7:30 p.m. | Immerse in Prayer Night with Pastor Charne Pretorius
8:50 p.m. | Dismissal/Exhibits/Concessions/Prayer Room/GG Live Post Experience

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022

9 a.m. | Doors Open/Exhibits/Concessions/Prayer Room
9:45 a.m. | GG Live Opens (Pre-show)
10 a.m. | Immerse in Worship
10:30 a.m. | Immerse in Faith with Angel Barnett and Benita Jones 
11 a.m. | Break/Exhibits/Concessions
11:15 a.m. | Immerse in Community: A Grace Girls Chat hosted by Dr. Celeste Owens
11:30 a.m. | Immerse in Fun with the Grace Girls
11:45 a.m. | Totally Immerse in Love with Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Anna Golden
12:45 p.m. | Invitation & Conference Close
1 p.m. | Exhibits/Concessions/Prayer Room/ GG Live Post Experience

All times are in EDT. 

frequently asked questions

General conference questions

 Immerse – a He Loves Me experience – will be held Friday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 1. Review the Schedule at a Glance for more details.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

As a hybrid experience, Immerse will provide in-person and virtual attendance opportunities. To watch online, simply tune in to our limited-time live stream on Facebook, YouTube or www.fbcglenarden.org/watchnow. In-person attendees can join us at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center at 600 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

Yes! To access the replays of the event, along with tons of exclusive behind-the-scenes and bonus content, purchase digital access to our on-demand Grace Girl Connect Platform for $25. You will have access to bonus content like devotionals, how-to videos and replay footage of all the event sessions at your fingertips to review at your own pace. 

Any attendee can purchase digital access and watch Immerse live from the Grace Girl Connect Platform with other Grace Girls.

At the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center at 600 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md.

Women ages 18 and older are invited to attend.

Attending in person or online is completely free. It is $25 to watch live with other Grace Girls on the Grace Girl Connect Platform.

This platform includes helpful bonus content in ad on-demand content after Immerse, exclusive interviews with our guest speakers, live chats with First Lady, game night fun, opportunities to win prizes and to join the discussions in our virtual GG Lounge. This is a fantastic opportunity to virtually network and fellowship with other attendees during the live event.

We all need a little help now and then. Click HERE to fill out a sponsorship form.

All fees are non-refundable; however, fees are transferable to another Grace Girl. Should you need to make any changes (including names), please send your request to the registration team at registration@fbcglenarden.org. You must request by Sept 29, 2022, and changes cannot be made to registrations after that date.

Yes! Registration is transferable. Please have the registered Grace Girl send a request to the registration team at registration@fbcglenarden.org. You must request by Sept 29, 2022, and changes cannot be made to registrations after that date.

You can contact us via email at women@fbcglenarden.org or call us at 301-773-3600.

No, we do not offer group rates.

 Immerse will not include a teens/tweens experience. We hope to welcome young ladies back to the event in the future.

Virtual Experience questions

This year’s conference takes place at the Worship Center and can be viewed on all our streaming platforms and the Grace Girl Connect Platform.

The Immerse schedule is in Eastern Daylight Time. However, if you are in a different time zone and cannot watch a session live, you will be able to replay it afterward with the purchase of the Grace Girl Connect Platform.

The week of Immerse, all registered attendees with digital access will be provided a link and login information for our Grace Girl Connect Platform. When you receive the email, just click the link, and enter the login information provided.

Yes! If you have Internet access, you can attend. All times on our schedule are in Eastern Daylight Time.

All sessions will be available for replay the week after the event. The virtual platform will have all content on demand for 30 days following the event.

 For the best experience, we suggest using a personal computer, laptop or tablet. You will, of course, need Internet access, as well.

For questions or for more information, please email women@fbcglenarden.org or call 301-773-3600.

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