Women Walking In Purpose: Pastor Deedria Chauntee
Pastor Deedria Chauntee is an educator, producer, television personality, motivational speaker, visionary and more. This multi-faceted Atlanta-based entrepreneur crosses state lines spreading inspiration through a purposefully driven operation. A Virginia native who pursued and crafted her talents at Flair Beauty Institute in Petersburgh, Va., and received a degree in cosmetology. Shortly thereafter, she opened her first salon & a string of successful beauty businesses in the area. Deedria relocated in 2007 to Georgia on a request for a divine purpose. And quickly began to flourish and discover her calling to mentor and empower.
She’s the Pastor at the GEM Project Church. GEM Project Church is a movement that through spirit-led empowerment sessions, community outreach, adult education courses, and by combining the basic principles of Christ’s to inspire and empower a brighter light to shine within us all.
GEM is rooted in the Bible’s stories and believes worship can be expressed in everything we do. Our philosophy is founded on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. No matter who you are, there’s a special place for you at GEM! Get in touch today or come and visit us in person.
We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with Pastor Deedria Chauntee.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Pastor Deedria Chauntee: Diligent, Loving, Patient
What impact do you intend to make on the world throughout your career?
Pastor Deedria Chauntee: I intend to with GODs Help to EMPOWER all I can spiritually, financially, and naturally.
How do you use your platform and resources to help others?
Pastor Deedria Chauntee: I utilize my platform to help others through education, mentorship, and partnership. We train in classrooms, we mentor in the community for all that seek one-on-one mentorship. We partner our resources with those of the community to aid in the uplifting of individuals and the community as a whole.
When you think of women’s empowerment, what comes to mind?
Pastor Deedria Chauntee: Self-awareness, Self Development, and Transparency. We need to be aware of who we are, we need to invest in ourselves to develop in the necessary areas. Transparency with others will help others overcome through the testimonies of others mistakes.
What are you most excited about?
Pastor Deedria Chauntee: I am excited about every opportunity to serve GOD’s people. The GEM Church meets every Sunday @ 2 pm and I love the speaking life of GOD people. I get excited about our monthly workshops that aid businesses and nonprofit organizations grow.
Lastly, I’m excited that through CEI Hair Schools we will educate, and license 600 debt-free business owners in the areas of barbering, cosmetology, esthetics, and nail technology.
Who has been an inspiration in your life that made you the woman that you are today?
Pastor Deedria Chauntee: One of my biggest inspirations to date comes from one of my team members Ms. Bahja Askew. Bahja lives with a debilitating disease every day that plays on her body and her mind. This beautiful young woman is resilient in her battle. She fights through self-doubt and insecurities as the disease leaves her body scarred. Yet Bahja Askew NEVER complains, she never makes excuses. Bahja shows up on good days and bad days and serves our organizations on several levels.
What do you want your legacy to look like?
Pastor Deedria Chauntee: I want my legacy to Mirror unconditional love and GRACE for all.
More info here: www.deedriachauntee.com Instagram: @pastordeedriachauntee