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Conference Speakers and Musical Guests

Hewlette Pearson is a motivational speaker, author and pastor who enjoys empowering people to fulfill their purpose and destiny in life. Hosting Love Thrives Community Conference is a dream God gave her over 10 years ago. Not knowing when or how she would do it, she filed the idea away. It was not until 2015 that life was breathed back into her dream, and Love Thrives launched its first conference in June 2016. Hewlette serves as President of iLove Now.

Bishop Tony Addinall is the Senior Pastor of a dynamic multicultural church, All Nations Church of God, Woodbridge, VA. All Nations Church of God exists to introduce people to a loving God, develop their love for Him, and to discover and grow in their life purpose through Him. Bishop Addinall is a compassionate and empowering speaker whose influence goes beyond the pulpit into the community to impact lives. He is  passionate about seeing people live out their relationship with God authentically.

Gabrielle M. Matlock is the founder of project “Locate Your Voice,” a powerful think tank consultancy comprised of strategic planning and project management that elevates and empowers women’s voice, vision development and sustainability. Gabrielle is an ordained elder and combined her gifts as an inspirational speaker and a vision developer to equip many with engaging tools that facilitate thought-provoking life changes. She serves in ministry at Perfecting Worship Center.

Julianne Pearson-Banks is an author and the thought-leader of Eagles Nest 360, which specializes in personal development and family dynamics. Recently, her focused passion has been geared toward the reformation of the young male heart and mind to ultimately be able to transform future marriages, families and society at large. Julianne  serves in a volunteer capacity at her local assembly, Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. Being a part of the leadership team gives Julianne the divine privilege to walk alongside the next generation; being a listening ear and imparting discipleship principles which equip them for life.

Lonnell Pritchett is a pastor and senior financial leader in corporate America. He is the Senior Pastor and Founder of Perfecting Worship Center, a growing non-denominational church in Largo, Maryland. He is an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and currently provides short and long-term financial strategies to the Executive Leadership of a local corporation in Silver Spring, Maryland as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Pritchett is a dynamic, prophetic teacher who ministers the word of God with power and simplicity. He also has a knack for helping leaders embrace faith in God and themselves so that they become the manifestation of the word concerning their lives. His daily life and apostolic call is a reflection of his church’s mission statement of “building a people of power who will release the kingdom of God through their relationships.”

Tamara Jade is an alumna of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music where she received a BA in Sociology and a BMus in Vocal Performance. Whether she is singing an operatic aria or jazz standard, Tamara’s voice is known for its gorgeous timbre, impeccable control and extensive range. A classically trained vocalist and self-taught pianist from Prince George’s County, MD, her style reaches across many different genres and emulates such legendary artists as Chaka Khan, Karen Clark-Sheard and Leontyne Price. Yet by fusing her own artistic quality, skill and originality, Tamara continuously shapes a unique sound of her own. She has shared the stage with Daryl Coley, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Jennifer Holiday, the Zac Brown Band, and most recently, Gov’t Mule. In December 2016, Tamara completed her New York debut in the world premier of The Classical Theater of Harlem’s “The First Noel” at the historic Apollo Theater. Tamara is excited to announce that in February 2017, she joined the McDonald’s Faces of Black History tour.

Benjamin C. Sands Jr., is a musician, music educator and visual artist.  As a performing artist, Benjamin’s musical experiences include composing, arranging, conducting and performing. His principal instruments are saxophone and flute. He plays a wide variety of music to include jazz, Latin/Brazilian, Haitian, African, rhythm and blues, classical and gospel. He has performed with Andrew N. White III – leading authority on John Coltrane music, Denise Graves – opera singer, Mary Mary – gospel singers, Kelly Price, Chuck Brown and Tonya Blount. He has also worked with rhythm and blues groups such as Ray, Goodman and Brown, Aretha Franklin and the O’Jays. He serves as Director of Music at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School, Washington, D.C.