OUR FIRST LADY
First Lady Chevalier DeShay
First Lady Chevalier DeShay is a passionate leader, enthusiastic about not only sharing God's word but showing it in her actions and love towards others. Lady DeShay has continued to dedicate her life to women of all ages and serving in God's Kingdom through the gospel of Jesus Christ, promoting complete spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health in our community. For the past seven years, Lady DeShay has served as a co-founder and innovator of Kingdom Harvest Ministries in Bastrop, Texas, with her husband, Senior Pastor Carl L. DeShay. Under their leadership, Kingdom Harvest Ministries continues to grow its community service and enrich lives in all it encounters.
On November 19, Lady Chevalier DeShay was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised by her grandparents Kenny (Shirley) and Gaynell Clark alongside her mother Martha Easley. Lady DeShay accepted her calling to the body at the young age of 11 years old under the leadership of Pastor Woody Benford at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church. Lady DeShay is the first to tell you life dealt her an interesting hand, some good, some not so good, but despite what life statistics may have looked like or her bad choices, her passion for God only grew. Lady DeShay's path in life assured by statistics she should not have been where she is today! Lady DeShay is the first to admit she is not perfect; she still pressed pushing through life's failures with her life challenges. Lady DeShay's insecurities about her self-worth, how she should be loved, not understanding how to walk in her singleness, always needing validation, and constantly desiring more! Despite what others said she couldn't do or would not amount to, she continued to walk in God's purpose for her life. Lady DeShay acknowledges that her mother and grandmother played a vital role in the Woman of God she is today, and even her teachers in high school that when she felt she could not achieve, there were educators who said she could. Lady DeShay graduated from Woodrow Wilson in Dallas, Texas, equipping her for her next chapter in life. Later, Lady DeShay would take on the HBCU world, becoming a proud graduate of The Huston-Tillotson University located in Austin, Texas, with a Presidential Award, Honors, and a 4.0 earning her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. While at Huston-Tillotson University became a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Delta Mu Delta business honor society.
In 2014 Lady DeShay accepted God's direction to walk into ministry with her husband, Senior Pastor Carl L. DeShay. Since then, the church's reach has grown with our virtual members and outreach within the communities in which they serve. Lady DeShay stands on II Timothy 2:15 as she believes if you study God’s words you will understand who you are and all you are designed to be! Lady DeShay founded CHOSEN WOMEN EMPOWER, Kingdom Harvest Ministries women's ministry, in October of 2019 with the simple motto of FLAWLESS in GOD (Finding Love Acceptance Wisdom while Learning Excelling Strengthening and being Successful in GOD). Under Lady DeShay's direction, CHOSEN WOMEN EMPOWER has held free virtual online instructor-led small groups focusing on women's wholeness studying sessions such as Priscilla Shirer's Elijah and Jonah and Beth Moore's The Quest. The spiritual wholeness and growth in women throughout the United States, even during a pandemic, was exactly what God ordered. Women were and can connect even in their darkest hours. Lady DeShay has created a platform for women to utilize the gifting and seeds that God planted in them through workshops, women's nights of ministry, and connection. Under Lady DeShay's leadership, CHOSEN'WOMEN EMPOWER's base has grown to more than 1,200 followers on social media platforms. Lady DeShay is a strong advocate for single mothers and families, hosting pop-up baby showers, shopping days, and many more activities for women to know they are royalty!
Lady DeShay is committed to spiritual wholeness, overall health, and education of all ages. Lady DeShay continues to advocate for women, sisterhood, and healthcare, which shows in the industry she serves. Lady DeShay continues her dedication to God's work by serving in Kingdom Harvest Ministries and the communities in which it serves and ministering and speaking annually and women and empowering events.
Lady DeShay is currently completing her book "I AM THAT CHURCH GIRL" and working side by side with her husband, Pastor Carl L. DeShay, to continue God's Work for His Kingdom!
Lady DeShay is married to Senior Pastor Carl L. DeShay, and they are the proud parents of one daughter Ariana A. DeShay, two sons Carl L. DeShay Jr and Carl L. DeShay III.