Hosted by Pastor Jesse Curney, III and Sister Aleana Curney

August 24 – 26, 2018

Historic City of Charleston, SC




Check-In | 3pm

Registration | 3pm – 7pm

Welcome Reception

Pajama Party




Praise & Worship

Opening Session

Workshop #1

Group Picture


Workshop #2

Free Time



Breakfast/Check-Out | 7:30-8:30am

Worship Service | 9-10:30 am


Reverend Doctor Jacqueline A. Thompson

Described as a Transformational Preacher, Dynamic Leader, and Ministry Trailblazer, Rev. Dr. Jacqueline A. Thompson is an inspiring example of what God can do with a life committed to the call.

She currently serves as the beloved Assistant Pastor of the historic Allen Temple Baptist Church in her native Oakland, California under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr.  Having been raised, licensed and ordained at Allen Temple, her ministry came full circle when in 2010, she was installed as the Assistant Pastor, the first woman to serve in this leadership capacity in the church’s nearly 100 year history.

Committed to excellence in scholarship, she is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies.  She graduated with honors from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC with a Masters of Divinity Degree.  In 2013, Dr. Thompson received her Doctorate in Ministry with an emphasis in African American Church Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

During her time at Howard, she served as Youth Minister at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D. C. under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith. Under her leadership, the Youth Ministry at Shiloh flourished and served as a model ministry for churches nationwide.

A gifted administrator, Dr. Thompson also served as Executive Director of the Shiloh Family Life Center Foundation, Inc. During her tenure, she succeeded in raising over five million dollars in funding to help support the community outreach programs of the foundation.

Dr. Thompson is a celebrated author. Her work has appeared in such influential publications as The Women of Color Study Bible and Promises for Women of Color, where she also served as the editorial assistant.  Dr. Thompson was also featured in What We Love About the Black Church by William H. Crouch, Jr. and Joel C. Gregory and most recently her sermon was among the sermons featured from North America in Baptist Preaching: A Global Anthology, Dr. Joel C. Gregory, editor.

Dr. Thompson has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and accolades, including the African American Pulpit, which selected her as one of the “20 Ministers to Watch.” featured her as one of the “Next Spiritual Leaders to Make History.”

Dr. Thompson is sought after extensively nationally and internationally ministering as a preacher, lecturer, and revivalist at churches, conferences, retreats, seminaries, often being the first woman to serve in that capacity.

Her mission is to see transformation in the lives of others by elevating, enlightening, and expounding upon the Word of God. She understands that man cannot live on food only.  People need every word that God has spoken and is humbled by every opportunity to serve.



LIVING ON TARGET | Crowned Jewels

Are you ready? To launch your goals and life purpose through the understanding of developing a working set of personal values and understanding how to use them as a plumb line for decision-making and goal-setting. Taking BOLD strides in assembling the pieces of your life to design the BEAUTIFUL portrait God made in you is the gateway towards being BETTER.  This workshop will provide tools to stop and re-focus your life for present and future goals, life purpose, and destiny. Join the Journey!


LIFE MAPPING | Contoured Gems

IPOM Life Mapping is a unique tool to empower your life journey as you transition through the different seasons of your life.  You review the different areas of your life, your past, and assess your present to create goals and action plans to joyfully and courageously walk with God into your future. The goal is to help you recognize and respond to areas that need to be positioned so you can intentionally develop where you need to go.

As you invite God into the process and document your journey, desires, observations, and plans in words, phrases, and pictures, you will get fresh insights, questions or specific direction by helping you to:

  • CLARIFY your desires
  • DISCERN how your life map impacts the way you live today and your choices for tomorrow
  • UNDERSTAND yourself and your part in God’s larger story
  • DECIDE what you might do to live a life that is a more full expression of who God created you to be

Let’s begin the journey together



Min. Christina Lee

Christina Lee is a native of Oakland California, currently, she resides in Charlotte,

North Carolina with her husband and five children.  Christina served as a District Director for Junior Achievement of the Bay Area in San Francisco, CA.  She was directly responsible for assisting the company in its 3.5 million dollar fundraising goal each year through corporate and individual giving, she managed a District Advisory Board of C-level executives and was directly responsible for the full operation of the school to career programs for 42,000 students in the Oakland Unified School District.  These efforts allowed her to obtain a wealth of knowledge in the area of non-profit and business management.  She later left Corporate America and developed Nehemiah Training and Consulting, a company that specializes in leadership and development training in the corporate and non-profit arena.

In addition to her duties at Nehemiah Training she also serves as Minister and Director of Christian Education at New Beginnings Church, President and co-founder of Paradigm 360 Consulting, LLC and formerly held the position of Chaplain for the mother’s of NFL players through the Professional Football Players Mothers Association and now holds the Assistant Chaplain position for this organization.  Lastly, Christina has studied in the fields of Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, NC, she is a highly sought-after motivational speaker, corporate and non-profit trainer, certified Life Coach and Coach Trainer who has made many radio and television appearances and is passionate about helping people discover and fulfill their goals and dreams.


Stephanie Kirkland

Stephanie M. Kirkland is a Certified Identity Coach, Mentor, Minister, and Author. Her mandate is to Equip Women to Impact their World with their Life Message.

Stephanie is the creator of In Pursuit of ME! IPOM is a Personal Development Company that focuses on the lifespan development and transitions of the womanhood journey.  Her company specializes in female identity development, personal growth/development, general life coaching, mentor and leadership development, counseling, spiritual development, women’s issues and coaching for women in business or ministry who are ready to develop their business identity and launch their vision.  She creates Programs, Courses, and Resources for this cause. She is also the founder of IPOM Center for Women, a learning community that educates, empowers and supports women. It is where women gather to Connect, Learn and Grow as they DISCOVER their unique identity, so they can BECOME their best selves, EMPOWER their lives and CREATE effective impact on the different roles and responsibilities they walk out on a daily basis as women.

She is the author of her new release It’s Time to Shine! A 21 Lesson Devotional encouraging and teaching women to stand as a light.  In Pursuit of ME! Identity Journal, a wonderful 3-month jumpstart for those ready to focus and grow spirit, soul, and body. The Woman Behind the Vision, empowering women in business and ministry to develop who they are as individuals in 12 strategic areas. It emphasizes that personal development is necessary in order to be successful and business or ministry acumen is only part of the journey in business or ministry development. The audiobook, I am a Kingdom Woman:  The Call.  The first in a 3 part series.  It is a clarion call to Kingdom Women to ANSWER and position themselves to impact their realm of influence through their womanhood and purpose for the glory of God. Next in the series is her book, The Eve Dilemma which deals with the #1 Temptation Every Woman Faces in Becoming Who She is Destined to Be.  It is a comprehensive look at what keeps us away from living as Kingdom Women and HOW to walk in covenant with God as His Image Bearers.

She has her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Religion from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She is a certified Coach through Life Forming Leadership Coaching.  She has been in ministry for over 20 years. She is an ordained Reverend in the Methodist Church and has preached all over the Southeast proclaiming the gospel.

She is married to, Educator and Pastor, Dr. John U. Kirkland and the mother of 3 great boys, John U. Kirkland Jr., and twins Zachary and Aaron Kirkland.

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20th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration
Pastor Curney and Sister Curney, the members of New Mercies Christian Church are thankful for your leadership, ministry and service for the past 20 years! Your kindness and generosity have been a blessing to every member of our church family! Thank you for your service to the families, congregation, community and everyone whose life you have touched! We have celebrated the 20th Church Anniversary, and now we want to celebrate YOUR 20th Pastoral Anniversary! Click the button for information on how you can celebrate the 20th Pastoral Anniversary of Senior Pastor Jesse Curney, III and Sister Aleana Curney!
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20th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration
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