Rev. Deanna received her spiritual calling in 1983 and served for years in the music ministry for the NJ District of the Assemblies of God. One NJ district director pointed out that “…she sings with an anointing that is rich with purpose and reflects her commitment to the Lord, Who is calling her…”
In 1987, because of coming out as a God-fearing born-again lesbian, she was excommunicated from her denomination for being “a reproach to the cross of Jesus Christ.” She spent the next few years angry with God and unfulfilled by her music.
Determined to continue to love God while being open and honest about her sexuality, she moved to South Florida where she served as Music Director for three different LGBT- affirming congregations. In December of 1998, Rev. Deanna received her Bachelor of Christian Ministry from Christian Bible College and Seminary, Independence, MO and was ordained as a Reverend in March of 1999. She completed her Master's of Divinity Degree in Christian Counseling/Pastoral Ministry in September of 2001, and is now working on her Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Ministry/Christian Counseling.
In 1997, Rev. Deanna and Jill (her life partner since 1986) founded SpiritSong Ministries – “Igniting the world for Christ...one life at a time.®" In August of 1999, SpiritSong Ministries gave birth to Church of the Holy SpiritSong (Florida) where she served as the founding, Senior Pastor until June of 2007. Amidst a loving, tearful parting she ordained three new pastors to carry on the work in South FL. She followed the call of God to NJ, and in November 2008, God called together a handful of servants with a vision for a new LGBT-affirming fellowship to be birthed on the Jersey Shore – thus Church of the Holy SpiritSong NJ. Along with their two children Scott Marcus, 12 and Anthony Jason 7, they continue to share the Good News with all people. Their message is simple - the life-changing truth of God’s reconciliation and forgiveness is for all people -- regardless of sexual orientation.
REGISTER NOW AND SAVE! Register today for only $125!
Register now and avoid the on-site registration costs of $160. You'll enjoy four days of worship, learning and fellowship and come away with a renewed spirit and lots of fantastic memories of a lifetime. Register now and enjoy the entire conference for only $125!
Be sure to take advantage of the special 2017 TEN Conference room rate.
The Crown Plaza Dulles Airport has offered a discounted rate of $109 per night (+tax) to those attending the 2017 TEN Conference. It is highly advisable that you make your reservations as soon as possible. The last day to make reservations is June 15, 2017 or while rooms last.
This venue offers so many of the requests we receive every year, including: refrigerators in every room with microwaves available on request, FREE parking, FREE Wi-Fi, a fitness center, Starbucks in the lobby, onsite restaurant and store, fast food and other eating options in the same parking lot or across the street including Wendy's, Taco Bell, Friday's, Panera Bread, MacAlister's Deli, and more! Our meeting space ballroom and breakout areas are all close together and share lots of open space for gathering and fellowship in-between sessions. The entire hotel is newly renovated with contemporary amenities and is minutes from Dulles Airport (free shuttle) and only 25 miles from the National Mall.
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The 2017 TEN Conference is produced by The Evangelical Network. TEN was started in 1988 as a fellowship of Bible believing churches, ministries, Christian workers and individuals who share a common faith, purpose and witness. Our mission is to spread the Gospel to ALL people and to build bridges between the LGBT Evangelical community and the straight Evangelical community by fostering a safe space for ongoing conversation and education. We provide resources, support and networking opportunities for churches, ministries and individuals who are LGBT affirming or are seeking to become affirming. Our affiliate churches, ministries and Christian workers collaborate together on national and international projects.