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Cheri Hartsfield's Biography

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As creator and director of the Purposely Created Women’s (PCW) Advance, Cheri teaches women how to experience God’s presence and discern the purpose for which they were created by God. Her PCW conferences, which began as an annual weekend retreat were divinely renamed “advance” to demonstrate the spiritual advancement received by those who attended. Cheri’s biblical preaching coupled with practical lessons on how to live strategically for Jesus manifested the supernatural power of God. Mothers, daughters, married, and unmarried women of all ages have found relief for their troubles, healing for their sickness, and freedom from their bondage. Cheri attributes her power with God to the suffering she, her husband, and their children endured as they fought cancer, financial lack, family strife, and racism all while planting church congregations in the United States and India. She firmly believes the Power from God comes to those who “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:3) 

Cheri holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lisle, IL. As an ordained minister, she brings both her secular and ministerial education into her roles as a writer, plenary speaker, teacher, pastor, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. A native of Chicago, IL, Cheri, Ivan, and their children now reside in Arizona and California.

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