Choosing Obedience… Egypt to Your Promised Land

Ann Downing Ladies Retreat
Ann Downing Ladies Retreat

Nashville, TN (February 9, 2016) Ann Downing and her retreat planning committee are readying themselves and the Nashville, TN Airport Holiday Inn to receive attendees for the 25th Annual Middle Tennessee Women’s Retreat (MTWR). The retreat began in 1992 as a shared vision with Ann’s late husband, Paul Downing. Plans were already in progress for the first retreat when Paul suddenly fell ill less than 5 months prior to its start. From a Lexington, KY Critical Care waiting area Ann summoned all her courage to continue with plans for the inaugural retreat. Paul Downing passed away in February before the May retreat dates. “Once Paul moved to Heaven, I never dreamed there would be more than one retreat, but here we are staring at the approaching 25th annual gathering. That’s simply God.”

Keynote speakers for the event include prolific author and former editor of Focus on the Family Magazine, Sandra Aldrich, along with Rev. Michael Benson, author, evangelist, and son of Benson Music Company’s Bob Benson. There are 6 total keynote speaker sessions through the weekend along with 5 different options for breakout sessions.

“Middle Tennessee Women’s Retreat is different.” added committee member, Karissa Petty. “We welcome women of all ages and denominational and socio-economic backgrounds. We believe the Bible lays out a clear plan for generational interaction. Accordingly, you’ll find women 80 years of age in a small group with women 40 or 60 years their junior, but don’t let that fool you; the learning goes both ways. That’s just one aspect of MTWR that sets it apart.”

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.

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