“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” –
Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady of the United States.
Dr. Denise Wilkins has spoken to thousands of youth and adults. Her work was recognized by both Christian and Secular platforms on stages throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. She was known for her originality and ability to impact. In the wake of her 22 year old sons death, she believes she has a message to address the fear and depression that is plaguing many today.
Dr. Denise Wilkins affectionately known as Ms. Denise was born in Montclair, New Jersey, and was raised in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Her painful childhood, caused her to spiral out of control and to fall into a world of rebellion.
As the Bible describes, rebellion is as a type of witchcraft. Witchcraft is strategically designed to destroy you. At 34, home alone, crying, ready to give up, she attempted suicide. Just before she took the pills she had an encounter with an angel of the Lord who saved her. His audible voice spoke to her and said, ”There are no failures in God!” This undeniable mark of God in 1991 was the day that began the most AMAZING spiritual journey of her life.
Dr. Wilkins affectionately known as Ms. Denise, has been coaching, organizing and speaking since 1996. She laid a foundation with her community work as the founder of Jesus the Spiritual Connection Christian Outreach Network, today referred to as THE NETWORK.
As a woman of faith she co-labored along with local Pastor’s, other community leaders and local gospel artist throughout the inner-city streets of the Washington, DC, (DMV) area. They provided neighborhood concerts that offered food, clothing, toys and giveaways with a message of hope in Christ Jesus.
After the 911 attacks on the Pentagon, Ms Denise continued her street ministry but was offered a position as a Counselor/Outreach Worker for a FEMA Funded program, Project Resilience. The Project Resilience program was run by the Mental Health Department of Alexandria, Virginia.
In 2002, under the auspice of the Mental Health Dept. she established what she now calls, "Black Lights Performing Arts Company" (BLPAC) and CHOICES Motivational Services (CMS). Each program was a huge success in the city. She ran her programs in middle and high schools, as well as other youth facilities such as Detention centers, aged out foster care programs, recreational facilities and anywhere else she was called upon to speak to youth and their families.
Her work with the City received high honors from the Directors of Mental Health, City Council and the Mayor of the City of Alexandria, Bill Euille, at the time. Ms Denise was recognized with the "Performing the World 2 Organization, which is an internationally developed group of Psychologist. They were amazed by her use of drama as a therapy with positive youth involvement never seen before in the history of the City of Alexandria. Ms Denise is an innovator, trailblazer, and trendsetter whose plethora of creative arts projects and programs change lives.
When the FEMA Funded program closed, Ms. Denise continued running The NETWORK full time until 2010 where she laid her work down with the murder of her youngest son, Justin. In 2012, she pulled her vision out and began to build the new foundation. By 2014, she established the organization Justin L Davis Foundation (JLDF) as a 501(c)3 non-profit. Here target audience is adult women, male and female youth and young adults and their families.
in 2017, Miss Denise moved to the Houston Texas area where she is currently running a community project. In 2019, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Juliana King University.
Ms. Denise is also a writer, director, and producer working on the upcoming stage play, Black Lights Shining in the Darkness. She is a licensed minister, certified youth and adult coach and speaker for the Justin L. Davis Foundation www.jtscconnect.org. In 2020, she became an author of her first book, "Born Into Dysfunction to be Remade"
After the loss of her youngest son, she rose out of the ashes to turn her "PAIN into PURPOSE." With a God given youth vision leading her way, she pushes forward. Without a doubt Ms. Denise believes that the seed of depression Justin suffered and died from, fell into God’s rich soil, and with all that she has experienced, God can use her to bear much fruit.
Ms Denise believes that these are perilous times and it calls for a different plan of action. We are in the last days and God is doing a new thing. He is calling Christian leaders to lay down isms and schisms and pick up the power of God's love, to show the world His FORM of UNITY. Let's Work Together and Change the World for our Youth.
Ms. Denise overcame the grief of her sons death and continued her journey to help others, mostly youth, to learn what it takes to live life on purpose. Her personal quote is: "Life is a performance and the paths you choose determines how much drama you will incur."
Deep within each of us is the desire to obtain the prize found in our highest calling through Christ Jesus, but attitude and character are everything to the discovery process. People confuse attitude with character and although they coexist, they are separate in how they operate in our lives. We need both functioning properly to reach our destiny.
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