The Identity and Destiny Conference

October 13th and 14th, 2017
Held at Third Church in Richmond, Virginia

Everything we do in life connects to both our identity and our destiny, leading us to ask the question, “Who am I?”

You have the chance to be royalty if you have the heart to take that chance. Do you?

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We have the chance to be set free from everything that binds us—to be set free from our insecurities, fears, and the masks that we wear. We have the chance to live from the new heart that Jesus has given us. We have the chance to stop hiding, and to step into our true identities as sons and daughters of the King of Kings—the chance to walk in the destiny and future that He has prepared for us.

We have the chance, but the choice is ours.

In this two-day conference, led by Jessie Mejias and Sandra Sellmer-Kersten, you will be encouraged to live a full, passionate life, one that embraces your true identity and God’s kingdom purposes. His intention is that our identities as sons and daughters would be so strong that life’s inevitable blows would not affect us greatly—that we would be so full of love and truth, lies would have no place to take root and grow in us.

This conference will feature dynamic teachings, inspiring messages, live demonstrations, and powerful prayer.

Registration is now open! When you sign up before Sept. 17, 2017, you’ll save $20 on the general rate. Follow the link below to learn more and register.

Identity and Destiny Conference Registration

Identity & Destiny Conference Official Schedule

Conference Leader Information

Hotels and Lodging Information

Conference Brochure

Conference Leaders

Jessie Mejias

Rev. Jessie Mejias, M.A., is the Founder and President of Finding Home Institute. Since 2001, she has worked as a well-known counselor and teacher in Virginia.

Jessie began her work of prayer counseling and discipling others in 1991, when she was called by God to partner with Him in counseling and helping to heal the brokenhearted and to set the captives free.

After earning a Masters Degree in Human Services Counseling, Jessie became Director of Counseling at Calvary Gospel Church in Arlington, Virginia. There, besides doing one-on-one prayer counseling, she began training others to integrate good counseling skills with inner healing prayer. In 2009, she received a Special Ministry License from International Ministerial Fellowship and started Finding Home Institute, which moved to the city of Richmond, Virginia in 2012. Jessie and her husband, Alex, reside in Richmond, and have two married sons and four grandchildren.


Sandra Sellmer-Kersten

Sandra photo1Sandra Sellmer-Kersten will be the guest speaker at this year’s Identity and Destiny Conference. Sandra served on staff with Elijah House Ministries (USA) for nine years under John and Paula Sandford, traveling extensively and carrying the message of sanctification and transformation. Sandra now works with The House of Nacham Ministries, Elijah House New Zealand, Elijah House USA, and other Elijah House ministries around the world.

Her husband, Peter Kersten, attended Bible School and Ministry Training in Brisbane, Australia; successfully pioneered a church in Blenheim, NZ for six years; and moved to Hawke’s Bay in 1994 where he started Kersten Building Recyclers.

Peter and Sandra married in 2011, and since that time have traveled and ministered together as much as possible. Sandra and Peter move powerfully in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and minister with gentleness and compassion.

Sandra and Peter now travel together to minister to, train and equip others. They share a passion for prayer ministry, desiring that people be healed and set free from unresolved trauma, pain, shame, and sinful habit structures and patterns, so that they can walk in honor and dignity as children of the King– fully released into their true identities and destinies.


Worship Leader: Makeda McCreary

Makeda Makeda McCreary is a songwriter, composer, singer and worship leader. Not only has God gifted her to write and sing songs, she has an energy and exuberance in her praise and worship that encourage congregations as well as choirs and groups she leads. A seasoned Worship Leader and Music Director, she has been leading the singers and musicians at Spring Creek Baptist Church for the past 6 years.

From 2011-2013, Makeda studied at Berklee College of Music. In 2016, she participated in Arrabon and East End Fellowship’s Urban Songwriting Internship, where she lived in a gentrifying community and wrote songs of reconciliation and worship for the people looking to heal the racial divide. During that internship, Makeda was hand-picked to join the national recording group Urban Doxology as a worship leader and vocalist. She has traveled the country with the group, spreading a message of unity and building bridges between churches of different ethnicities and races.

In 2017, Makeda has been serving as a Pastoral Resident at East End Fellowship where she resurrected the mass choir, organized and planned music for the Large Gathering, and led the congregation in praise and worship. Makeda’s authenticity, boldness and energy have made her a sought-after leader for different projects in Richmond, including conferences, youth programs and Sunday services. Aside from her many talents and leadership ability, Makeda’s heart is sincerely rooted in seeking and building God’s Kingdom here on earth and spreading a message of peace and love to all people.


Worship Leader: Brooke Winters

Brooke_HeadshotBrooke Winters serves as the Communications and Development Specialist for Arrabon, a non-profit that exists to equip and empower the Body of Christ to effectively engage in the ministry of reconciliation. She serves as a worship leader in Richmond, the city that she loves, at East End Fellowship, United Church and as an artist-in-residence at Third Church.

Hotels and Lodging

Continue reading for a list of recommended hotels in the Richmond area. We recommend the West End for proximity to the conference venue, or Downtown to be close to all the city has to offer.

West End
(1) Residence Inn – West End
2121 Dickens Road, Richmond VA 23230

(2) Courtyard Marriott – Richmond West
6400 W. Broad Street, Richmond VA 23230

(3) Embassy Suites Richmond
2925 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond VA 23294

(1) Courtyard Marriott – Richmond Downtown
1320 E. Cary Street, Richmond VA 23219

(2) The Quirk Hotel
201 W. Broad Street, Richmond VA 23220

(3) The Jefferson Hotel
101 W. Franklin Street, Richmond VA 23220