Kingdom Queens: Building an Empire
When Jennifer Tolliver-Runnels had the idea to start a women’s group based on experiences she went through, she did not know the direction, who she would recruit, or how fast things would expand. Jennifer wanted to be the catalyst that give women the confidence they need to accomplish their goals through positivity.
As the author of the book, Gangsters Need God Too, Jennifer takes pride in starting an organization the promotes confidence amongst women. Kingdom Queens is an organization in DeKalb, Illinois that focuses on enhancing the lives of women and young girls by developing confidence and instilling the love of God in their hearts. With a goal of promoting the Kingdom of God, Kingdom Queens has become a resource for women who seek spiritual growth and women who just want to learn more about their spiritual beliefs.
As Founder & President of Kingdom Queens, Jennifer has been receiving assistance from her two co-workers (and organizing members) with the development of the organization. Jocelynn Jones and Shannon Lane met Jennifer at work and hit the ground running with getting involved and making a positive influence in the community.
Earlier this year, Kingdom Queens hosted a clothes giveaway targeting women who do not have the resources to purchase clothing, shoes, or accessories. The event was set up as a pop-up boutique where items such as pedicures and Wal-Mart gift cards were raffled off. The event was held in DeKalb and many women received the benefit of walking away with some nice items of clothing. “We try to incorporate God and positivity with all of our events,” Jennifer says. “We use our events to promote women to personally come to our Sunday meetings to fellowship with us.
Besides events such as the clothing drive, Kingdom Queens hosts sessions every Sunday from 6pm-7pm at 832 Ridge Court in DeKalb where women have the opportunity to learn more about the Kingdom of God. Jennifer states that one of the challenges has been trying to continuously grow and get members. “When people hear the word ‘Church’ or ‘God’ they get intimidated.” Although recruitment is not their number one goal, Kingdom Queens has put much effort into making sure members are getting the best experience possible. “You definitely have to know what you are talking about,” Jennifer laughs. “People will test you on what you know and someone will ask you if what you are saying comes directly from [The Bible].”
Current member Jocelynn states, “I did not want to be part of Kingdom Queens at first. But I could feel a change in myself once I heard about it and went to one of the meetings. I then realized that this was something that I wanted to do.” Jocelynn says that it is important to keep positive influences around you as much as possible and that they will help you make sure that you are consistently moving forward.
Shannon, another current member who has helped in the advancement of Kingdom Queens says that it is important to clearly identify your journey and those who should be in it. “I was in organizations that did not align with my journey with God. Sometimes it is hard to make a change around other people when you are getting judged based on your past situations and what people have seen from you. It is hard for people to see you for who you are now versus who you use to be. It is even more difficult to let people go but God has had to remove plenty of people out of my life that do not align with my journey.”
Kingdom Queens hopes to collaborate with businesses in the future and expand throughout the city of DeKalb. They want to give off the message that no matter what you have done in your life, you can be forgiven and change the direction that you are going. They state that having a strong foundation and getting connected with people who have the same goals is extremely important. “Stay encouraged and positive, and people will gravitate toward that mentality.”
For more on Kingdom Queens check out their website at www.kingdomqueens.us.
Phone number: (779) 777-5857