Therefore encourage one another and edify one another, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August SIS (Sister In The Spotlight): LaShonda Crawford

Elder LaShonda Crawford

Here is a little background information to help you get a little familiar with Elder LaShonda.

Elder LaShonda Crawford is an accomplished speaker, motivator, and teacher.  Her passion and vision are to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to all that she can reach.  LaShonda Crawford was ordained as an elder in 2006 by The UCCI School of Divinity. Elder Crawford married her husband, Maurio, in 2003.  Together they are raising three children, Danielle, Hannah and Chancellor.

Elder Crawford currently oversees the ministerial staff at Emmanuel Baptist Church in the city of Thomasville, NC. and presently serves as the Vice President of Marketing at B2L, a marketing & technology focused company.  She is a woman of passion, determination, and motivation.  She is not only a preacher and teacher but she is also a Spiritual, Life, & Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, & Mom-preneur

Desiring to enrich and empower the whole woman and with the ever expanding need of mentorship for women in business, her ministry, “Rizen” has established “The Prosp-Her Summit”. The inaugural event is scheduled for Fall of 2013. Bringing together students, local businesswomen, and aspiring business owners for networking and professional development. The summit’s primary objective is to provide tactical skills and knowledge that will enable women to build or continue strong careers in a weakened or strong economy.

As the Editor-N-Chief of “One E-Magazine” she fosters growth and positive thinking among the body of Christ. As the founder of The Trayon Marsh Child Abuse Awareness Foundation, she focuses on raising the awareness & further preventing child abuse within our communities. This foundation was established in memory of her own son, Trayon Marsh who became a victim of child abuse and died in 1999.
 LaShonda is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Phoenix. As she normally says, “Through God we can do anything! Nothing is too hard for the God we serve.” With Him, Elder LaShonda Crawford will continue moving forward & doing great things in His name.

Please share some information regarding your ministry (when and why you decided to begin). 

RiZen, formally known as Women of Seasons was established in 2003. I can recall sitting in front of my television watching Bishop TD Jakes’ Maximize the Moment.  I had just lost my home, I was a single mother and I had to move back in my parents’ home for the first time. I had just got over the emotionalism of everything and began to look at my situation in a positive way. This gave me the opportunity to gain a closer walk with God. I had to loose my freedom in order to gain freedom. I had to loose my independence in order to learn to be dependent on Him.  My mind was focused and my spirit was hungry and that night Bishop TD Jakes spoke to me through his seminar. I sat there and heard God through him encourage the people and I heard God say in the midst of that message, “Women of Seasons”. 

You recently launched your own magazine. Is it available in print and online? Could you share with us what one could look forward to in each edition? How often it is released and how can they make sure they don’t miss a copy?

The One eMagazine was established in 2012. Currently this magazine can be found at  This subscription is currently free in order to bless the readers with positive information that will edify individuals through education, relationship, spiritual and life principals.  One eMagazine is released bimonthly and eventually be available for print in the near future. In this issue you will find articles covering the subjects of divorced women, college students, financial education, politics and more.

Tell the readers something you would like for them to leave with.

Along with One eMagazine, we also offer “Ministry-N-Minutes”, as the media counterpart of the ministry.  Daily video posts are shared to empower and motivate viewers throughout their walk with Christ.  You can visit us on You Tube (username: Women of Seasons) to subscribe to our channel and be notified when new videos are loaded. Also, anyone can visit our website at

Please share your favorite scripture or quote.

My favorite scripture is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”, as well as Proverbs 31:30, “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”

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