What You Don’t Know About Percy Priest Lake Plane Crash: Jennifer J. Martin Wiki, Birthday, Wikipedia, Net Worth, Nationality, Biography, Death

Who was Jennifer J. Martin?

Jennifer J. Martin is identified as the victim of the Percy Priest Lake Plane Crash that also took the lives of six other people in Smyrna, Tennessee.

According to CNN, Rutherford County, Tennessee, the government has now identified the victims of the Percy Priest plane crash as Gwen Shamblin Lara, Gwen S. Lara, William J. Lara, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah. Hannah was Shamblin Lara’s son-in-law, and her husband also perished on the plane. The others who died were leaders in the church she founded, according to News Channel 5.

The founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church, her husband Joe, and six others on board the Cessna small jet are all presumed dead after the plane hit Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna, police said.

The victims are also believed to include Jennifer and David Martin, Jessica and Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah, the husband of Shamblin Lara’s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah.

Elizabeth reportedly sent a text message to Remnant church members asking for prayers.

She said that the plane had to go down “for a controlled, quick landing,” according to the outlet.

“More information to come, but be in prayer — and be at peace,” Hannah’s message continues.

“GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church.”

Shamblin Lara founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999 and is the author of The Weigh Down Diet.

Her dieting advice linked weight loss to religious training and teaching and was controversial. Her church was labeled a “cult” by some, according to News Channel 5, which quoted her as saying to followers in a recording, “I have not been put in this position because I’m going to put up with you all’s disobedience.” A child abuse death of a child whose parents attended her church also caused controversy.

Authorities revealed that the Cessna C501 plane took off from Smyrna airport around 11 a.m. on May 29, 2021, and was going to Palm Beach International Airport.

HOW DID GWEN DIE?

The author was one of seven people killed in a plane crash in May of 2021.

A Cessna C501 crashed into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna, Tennessee, after taking off from a nearby airport about 11 am on May 29.

“Our efforts have transitioned from a rescue effort to that of a recovery effort. … We are no longer … looking for live victims at this point,” said Rutherford County Fire Rescue Captain Joshua Sanders.

The seven killed were Brandon Hannah, Gwen and Joe Lara, David L. Martin, Jennifer J. Martin, Jessica Walters and Jonathan Walters.

Capt. Joshua Sanders of Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department said in a news conference that crews arrived at 11 a.m. in the morning on May 29. “Our efforts have transitioned from a rescue effort to a recovery effort at this time… we know there were seven personnel on the aircraft at the time of departure…We are no longer looking for live victims at this point.”


He said notification of next of kin was ongoing. “We have conducted dive operations,” he said. Crews worked through the night to identify remains from the aircraft “and other evidence to assist the NTSB in their investigation.”

Sanders said he did not know how many flight hours the pilot had. The crash site “was in the water,” he said.

The public information officer for Rutherford County described a massive law enforcement response to the crash scene.


She described the plane as a “small jet that crashed into Percy Priest Lake around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning (May 29, 2021).” Boaters were asked to stay out of the way of public safety boats.

A video on Shamblin Lara’s website called “Life With Gwen & Joe” chronicled their religious beliefs and love for each other and showed them getting into small planes.

WHAT WAS GWEN’S DIET PHILOSOPHY?

Gwen Shamblin Lara taught that genetics and metabolism were not to blame for obesity and food struggles.

“People who have known no end to their hunger and who have no control over their late-night binges have learned through the Weigh Down Workshop that they can remove the irresistible desire for food,” reads the Amazon summary of her book.

“This is not a diet like others, because it is not food-focused.”

Shamblin Lara’s Plane Went Down for a ‘Controlled, Quick Landing,’ Her Daughter Wrote in a Text; She Was Born in Memphis

A text message from Shamblin Lara’s daughter Elizabeth Hannah emerged before authorities released the grim news that there were no survivors.

According to Daily Mail, the text said, “My brother and I are asking for immediate prayers right now. We have just gotten word that Gwen and Joe Lara’s plane had to go down for a controlled, quick landing.”

She added: “More information to come, but be in prayer – and be at peace. GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church” and added that she and her brother, Michael Shamblin, “love this church and need the prayers of the righteous on this one.”

Shamblin Lara’s website says “Gwen Shamblin Lara was born and raised in Memphis. She grew up with a medical background, is a registered dietician and received her Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Gwen was an Instructor of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Memphis for five years, and she worked with the city’s Health Department for an additional five years, helping specifically in the areas of overweight, obesity, pregnancy, and child health. She has appeared on countless TV programs, consulted thousands of individuals and participated on various speaking panels as a health expert.”

The website added: By the late 1990s, Weigh Down was internationally known. Gwen Shamblin Lara was featured on such shows as 20/20, Larry King Live, and The View, as well as in such magazines as Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Day. In 1997, Gwen responded to the nation’s request to offer the Weigh Down principles in book format, and The Weigh Down Diet was published by Doubleday, Inc. The book swiftly became a million-seller as people discovered the secrets to losing weight quickly and permanently while finding a new relationship with God…In 1999, Gwen founded the Remnant Fellowship Churches. She is continually producing/authoring new materials, which are used to help hurting families of every nationality discover the love of God that can set them free.”

The website said that Gwen “is married to Joe Lara, and between the two of them there are three children, and 8 grandchildren—they are surrounded by little ones! Joe, the children and their spouses are all very supportive and work closely nearby her.”

GWEN WAS THE AUTHOR OF MULTIPLE BOOKS

Gwen Shamblin Lara is the author of The Weigh Down Diet, “a groundbreaking approach to weight loss,” according to the book’s description.

She was a Christian diet guru who founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999.

She was born in February of 1955 in Memphis. Her husband of three years, actor Joe Lara, also perished in the plane crash.

Shamblin Lara Ran the Remnant of the Kingdom of God Church, Which Faced Controversies Over the Years


Shamblin Lara ran the Remnant of the Kingdom of God church, which is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.

“Meet the Remnant of the Kingdom of God…an international community of people who are finding renewed hope, profound love and deep purpose by putting the undiluted teachings of Jesus Christ into practice,” the website for the church says.

“While divorce, depression, obesity and out-of-control children are increasingly the norm these days, at the Remnant we are experiencing healed marriages, increasing joy, restored health, repaired finances and children who love to follow the guidance of their parents.”

The website adds, “This Church has its roots founded in the Bible-based teachings of Gwen Shamblin through Weigh Down Ministries, who has a 30-plus years long-and-counting track record of helping people change their lives in every positive and productive way.”

It concluded,

We as a Church body come from all walks of life and widely varying socioeconomic backgrounds and ages; yet we have this in common—We can hardly contain our joy over how much our lives have changed for the better. If you are looking for answers to life’s most difficult hardships, longing for a solution as to why you are having trouble overcoming addictions and other struggles, or searching for hope and a real connection with God, please watch this video. In a world of tremendous upheaval and unknown days ahead, God is gathering together from the four corners of the Earth a group of humble people and leading them in a mighty restoration of His Church.

However, News Channel 5 reported that a child abuse death led to the conviction of two parishioners in 2003 and questions about whether Remnant believed in locking up children. Although Lara denied supporting such a method, the station uncovered a recording in which she told a mother who had done that, “That’s a miracle. You’ve got a child that’s going from just bizarre down to in-control. So I praise God.”

Shamblin Lara Promised Weight Loss Without Dieting, Bulimia or Over-Exercising But She Made Controversial Comments About the Holocaust

On Twitter, Lara called herself, “Founder of Weigh Down Ministries and New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Weigh Down Diet Book. Founder Remnant Fellowship Church International.”

On YouTube, she promised, “Weigh Down offers freedom and peace for the Millennial generation. You can lose weight without dieting, bulimia and over-exercising. Learn how to stop chasing selfish ambition and the world’s goals which only lead to anxiety and depression. Watch these young people who have found real purpose and joy by having a genuine connection with God.”

However, she made some controversial comments over the years, once explaining why she didn’t think genetics dictated weight loss by bringing up the Holocaust. “How in the Holocaust did you have all these people getting down real skinny? They ate less food,” she told CNN’s Larry King, according to News Channel

She lived a “lavish lifestyle,” the television station reported and was considered a “prophet” in her church.

When News Channel 5 asked whether she was a prophet, she responded, “I don’t believe I know what my gift name is. So I will tell you I’m still wrestling with that. I’ve been told that for years.”

Her top post, from May 27, reads, “When you give up the extra food you want, you get back jewels and blessings! So believe what Jesus said and follow in his steps—this week and forevermore!”

The day before that she wrote, “Jesus’ food was to finish the work of God. Take care of this responsibility first and foremost and lovingly pass this down to each child!”

Some of the Other Victims Are Featured in Videos on the Church Website

“Jonathan and Jessica have spent over half their lives in Remnant,” the website says of Jonathan and Jessica Walters, who perished in the crash. “Both joined as young adults, then married and have now have three children. Hear what drew them to the Church and what they feel it has done for them and their children.”

WHAT IS THE REMNANT FELLOWSHIP CHURCH?

The Remnant Fellowship Church is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.

The church features “an international community of people who are finding renewed hope, profound love and deep purpose by putting the undiluted teachings of Jesus Christ into practice,” according to the organization’s website.

“While divorce, depression, obesity and out-of-control children are increasingly the norm these days, at the Remnant we are experiencing healed marriages, increasing joy, restored health, repaired finances and children who love to follow the guidance of their parents.”

GWEN’S CHURCH RAIDED

The church of Gwen Shamblin Lara who died in a plane crash Saturday morning, the Remnant Fellowship Church, was raided as part of a police investigation in 2004.

The investigation occurred after an Atlanta couple who were members of the Church beat their 8-year-old son to death, NBC News reports.

The couple in question, Joseph and Sonya Smith, reportedly locked their son in a wooden box for hours at a time before his murder.

WHO DID THE PLANE BELONG TO?

The plane was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara own together, WTVF reported.

It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

“All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. All are presumed dead, the statement said.

GWEN DOGGED BY LAWSUITS

Before her death in a plane crash Saturday morning, diet guru and religious leader Gwen Shamblin Lara was reportedly dogged by lawsuits.

The lawsuits took aim at Shamblin Lara’s demand that followers of her church follow her belief system exactly.

According to News Channel 5, she told followers in a recording, “I have not been put in this position because I’m going to put up with you all’s disobedience.”

GWEN’S SON-IN-LAW ALSO ON PLANE

Brandon Hannah, the husband of Elizabeth Hannah, Gwen Shamblin Lara’s daughter, was also on the plane when it crashed.

Authorities said all 7 people aboard the plane are ‘presumed dead’.

“All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said.

WHO IS ELIZABETH HANNAH?

Elizabeth Hannah is the daughter of Gwen and Joe Lara who were killed in the plane crash Saturday morning.

“More information to come, but be in prayer — and be at peace,” Hannah wrote in a message.

“GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church.”

GWEN CRITICIZED FOR PROFITING FROM WEIGHT LOSS WORK

Gwen Shamblin Lara was often criticized for the profits she made from her Christian-based weight loss work.

In an interview with CNN’s Larry King in which her expensive lifestyle was criticized, she pushed back.

“This money, half of it goes to the government, the other half goes to keep it going so someone else can be helped,” she said, according to the New York Post.

WERE THERE ANY SURVIVORS OF THE CRASH?

All seven people aboard Gwen Shamblin Lara’s plane died during the plane crash, authorities reported.

“All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. All are presumed dead, the statement said.

The plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am before crashing into Percy Priest Lake.

GWEN’S CHURCH COMPARED TO ‘CULT’

The church founded by Gwen Shamblin Lara, the Remnant Fellowship Church, was criticized in the past for its similarity to a cult in which Shamblin Lara was considered a prophet.

In an interview on News Channel 5 in 2003, Shamblin Lara said of her “prophetic” abilities, “I don’t believe I know what my gift name is.”

“So I will tell you I’m still wrestling with that. I’ve been told that for years.”

WHEN DID THE PLANE LEAVE THE AIRPORT?
The Federal Aviation Administration told WTVF that the plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am before crashing into Percy Priest Lake.

It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

The plane was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara own together, the outlet reported.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY FIRE RESCUE TWEETS PICTURES OF RESCUE OPERATION

Rutherford County Fire Rescue tweeted out pictures of the rescue operation after Gwen Shamblin Lara’s plane crashed into a Tennessee Lake.

“Multiple agencies on scene of a small jet that crashed into Percy Priest Lake around 11:00 a.m. FAA & NTSB en route,” it stated.

WHO ARE THE VICTIMS OF THE CRASH?

The victims are believed to be William J. Lara, Gwen S. Lara, Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah, according to the statement.

“All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. All are presumed dead, the statement said.

WHAT WAS GWEN KNOWN FOR?

Gwen Shamblin Lara is a Christian diet guru and the author of The Weigh Down Diet.

According to her website, she first began teaching diet classes 30 years ago with her background as a registered dietician and degree in food and nutrition.

“With a deep love for God and profound compassion for the hurting human soul, Gwen was driven to find wisdom and answers from the Heavens that would lead people to permanent weight loss and improved health.”

PASSENGERS ANNOUNCED DEAD AFTER RESCUE OPERATION

Rutherford County Fire Rescue confirmed that multiple agencies responded to the crash site around 11am on Saturday.

“Multiple agencies on scene of a small jet that crashed into Percy Priest Lake around 11:00 a.m. FAA & NTSB en route,” the squad wrote in a tweet.

“Dive Teams determining extent of crash site, examining the debris field, & conducting search & rescue. Boaters and private aircraft urged to stay clear of area.”

In an update on Saturday night, the rescue squad confirmed that recovery efforts at the lake would continue through the night.

WHEN WAS THE REMNANT FELLOWSHIP CHURCH FOUNDED?

The Remnant Fellowship Church, which was founded in part by Gwen Shamblin Lara, the Christian weight loss guru who died in the crash, was founded in 2004.

The church was started when Shamblin Lara purchased 40 acres of land in Brentwood, Tennessee, Daily Mail reports.

The Weigh Down Organization was then donated to the church in 2006.

WHAT WAS GWEN SHAMBLIN LARA’S MESSAGE?

Gwen Shamblin Lara’s website describes her as a “pioneer of faith-based weight loss.”

She published a post to her blog on Saturday morning, apparently before the plane departed, where she wrote that, “God does not want us to worry about the food’s content.”

“Jesus taught us that it is not the food that defiles us, but rather the attitudes and thoughts that we have in our hearts and in our minds that will corrupt and destroy us,” the blog says.

“It is the greed in our hearts that leads to overeating and overdrinking.”

WHAT KIND OF PLANE WAS IT?

The plane carrying Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband that crashed Saturday morning was a Cessna C501.

Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara reportedly own the plane that went down.

Rutherford County Fire Rescue confirmed that multiple agencies responded to the crash site around 11am on Saturday.

WHEN DID THE PLANE LEAVE THE AIRPORT?
The Federal Aviation Administration told WTVF that the plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am before crashing into Percy Priest Lake.

It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

The plane was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara own together, the outlet reported.

GWEN TWEETED DAYS BEFORE DEATH

Days before her death in a plane crash, Gwen Shamblin Lara tweeted to her followers to give up “extra food” in exchange for “jewels and blessings”.

“When you give up the extra food you want, you get back jewels and blessings! So believe what Jesus said and follow in his steps—this week and forevermore!” she wrote.

WHEN DID THE PLANE LEAVE THE AIRPORT?

The Federal Aviation Administration told WTVF that the plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am before crashing into Percy Priest Lake.

It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

The plane was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara own together, the outlet reported.

GWEN TWEETED DAYS BEFORE DEATH

Days before her death in a plane crash, Gwen Shamblin Lara tweeted to her followers to give up “extra food” in exchange for “jewels and blessings”.

“When you give up the extra food you want, you get back jewels and blessings! So believe what Jesus said and follow in his steps—this week and forevermore!” she wrote.

GWEN FACED CONTROVERSY FOR HOLOCAUST COMMENT

Gwen Shamblin Lara, who died in a plane crash on Saturday morning, was a longtime controversial figure.

In an interview with Larry King on CNN in the 90’s, she said she got her weight loss theories from studying concentration camp victims during the Holocaust.

“How in the Holocaust did you have all these people getting down real skinny? They ate less food,” she said.

Shamblin Lara’s website describes her as a “pioneer of faith-based weight loss.”

WAS GWEN’S DAUGHTER ON THE PLANE?

Gwen Shamblin Lara’s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, was not on the plane that killed both Gwen and her husband Joe.

Shamblin Lara’s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, reportedly sent out a text message to Remnant church members asking for prayers.

“More information to come, but be in prayer — and be at peace,” Hannah’s message continues.

“GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church.”

GWEN’S HUSBAND ‘LOVED PLANES’

Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe, who both died on the plane that crashed into the lake, had previously expressed their love of planes.

“I love being at the airport, something about being around airplanes that’s just so cool,” Joe Lara said in a video, Nashville Channel 5 reports.

“It represents a lot of freedom, doesn’t it?” echoed Gwen.

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