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Dr. Celeste Owens

CEO at Dr. Celeste Owens Ministires


Dr. Celeste Owens is a sought-after international speaker and facilitator whose mission is to equip people to live free and whole through the surrender of spirit, mind, and body. A transformative healer, she uses the word of God and psychological principles to bring others to total wellness.   

Dr. Celeste and her husband, Andel co-founded Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries, an international healing ministry and travel the globe sharing the philosophy of surrender. They believe that when God is the center there is nothing one can’t do!

Celeste knows all about surrender and its ability to advance. In 2009, in what she calls an Abraham moment God called her to leave all that she knew -- private practice, public speaking, and ministry leadership. And in an act of radical obedience, she did. From that place of humility and surrender God birthed her first book The 40-Day Surrender Fast, a devotional designed to help the reader develop a more intimate relationship with God. 

An accomplished scholar, Celeste holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Science in Applied Counseling Psychology from the University of Baltimore and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

An 12-year Breast Cancer survivor, Celeste has personally experienced the advancing power of surrender. In 2010 she surrendered her diet to God and through the process of fasting adopted a clean-eating lifestyle. In fact, her personal battle with cancer inspired her to become a Certified Natural Health Professional. Now this once self-proclaimed “junk-food-junkie” is thriving post cancer and inspires others to do the same.  

Dr. Celeste has graced many pulpits and stages including the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. (Upper Marlboro, MD), The Latter Rain Cathedral, Pastor Donald Chisholm, Sr. (Lockport, NY), Victory Grace Center, Dr. Jasmine "Jazz" Schulark (Bladensburg, MD), Antioch Christian Fellowship, Bishop George Mamboleo (Nairobi, Kenya) and presented at many numerous conferences and retreats. She has been featured in Essence and Heart and Soul Magazines, the Washington Post and a television guest on Let’s Pray! She’s also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

God has provided an opportunity for Celeste to meet both the spiritual and physical needs of the poor through her nonprofit organization, Surrender 365, Inc. the mission’s arm of Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries. Surrender 365, Inc. helps people all over the world to develop a deeper relationship with God and experience the liberating power of surrender through the teaching and preaching of God’s word. Surrender 365, Inc. also facilitates the provision of critically-needed goods and services to the poor and needy. Surrender 365, Inc. is a registered business in Kenya (Africa) and the work continues through its various Certified Ambassadors.

Surrender is what Celeste does. She will continue to encourage others wherever she may go to do God’s Will—His Way—All the Time!


Dr. Sundra Ryce

President at Sundra Ryce, Inc.


Sundra Ryce is the President and CEO of SLR Contracting & Service Company, Inc. (SLR) and Sundra Ryce, Inc. (SRI).  She is an entrepreneur, consultant, corporate leader and motivational speaker.

Ms. Ryce established SLR Contracting & Service Company, Inc. in 1996 to provide quality work and exemplary customer service in the construction industry.  Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, SLR is a progressive and growing general construction company specializing in commercial general construction, construction management, real estate development and consulting.  Since its’ inception, SLR has exceeded a third of a billion dollars in sales.

Ms. Ryce oversees all functions of the business including construction operations, finance, strategic planning, sales and marketing, human resources, customer service, and negotiations. The company’s motto is “Experience The Difference.”

Ms. Ryce established Sundra Ryce, Inc., a leadership development company, where she consults, shares her business acumen and success strategies internationally, through keynote addresses, seminars, workshops, conferences, and leadership coaching.

Sundra Ryce received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Studies from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and earned a Master of Science Degree in Education from Medaille College, Buffalo, New York.  Ms. Ryce is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University.  Ms. Ryce is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Incorporated.

Sundra Ryce and SLR have received numerous awards and recognition including:

Being named one of the Nation’s Top 100 Largest Black Businesses by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Being featured in Ebony Magazine’s December 2013/ January 2014 power issue.

Being featured in Essence Magazine Money & Power November 2014 issue.

Being featured on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine in February 2012, for the “Rising Stars 40 & Under: The Next Generation of Women of Power” issue.

Ms. Ryce was featured in the national commercial with billionaire Warren Buffett, as one of the key players for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 Billion economic development for the revitalization of the Buffalo, New York Region.


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