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Gwen Shamblin Lara biography: 13 things about The Weigh Down Workshop founder

Gwen Shamblin Lara is a non-fiction author and a faith-based weight loss pioneer from Tennessee, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She was born and raised in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. (a)
  2. Her son Michael Shamblin is married to Elle Shamblin. (b)
  3. Her daughter Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah is married to Brandon Hannah. (b)
  4. She was a registered dietitian. She earned her master’s degree in food and nutrition from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. She was a food and nutrition instruction at the university for five years and worked with Knoxville’s health department for five years. (c) (d)
  5. In January 1986, she founded The Weigh Down Workshop. (d)
  6. In 1997, Doubleday, Inc. published her book “The Weigh Down Diet.” (c)
  7. In April 1999, she founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. (c) (e)
  8. In 2002, she bought 40 acres of land in Brentwood, Williamson County, Tennessee and donated the entire property to the Remnant Fellowship Church. The Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood opened its doors in November 2004. (b)
  9. In 2006, she donated the entire Weigh Down organization to the Remnant Fellowship Church. (d)
  10. In 2014, she released her book “The Tablet.” (c)
  11. On August 18, 2018, she and William Joseph “Joe” Lara got married. They lived in Brentwood. (c) (e)
  12. She and Joe owned a plane, a Cessna C501. They registered it via their company JL&GL Productions LP. (f)
  13. On May 29, 2021, she and Joe were on their Cessna C501 with Brandon, Davin Martin, Jennifer Martin, Jonathan Walters and Jessica Walters, who all had ties to the Remnant Fellowship Church. The plane crashed into the waters of  the Percy Priest Lake in Tennessee. In the evening, she and the other six passengers were presumed dead. (f)



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