Arise Esther Podcast—How a Grandma Wins a Generation to Christ with JoAnn Vicknair

On this episode of the Arise Esther Podcast host, Dawn Scott Damon interviews JoAnn Vicknair. JoAnn grew up in Anahuac, TX, and gave her life to the Lord at age 14 at the tiny Baptist Church. Later, she married, became a nurse, and started a family.

Today, my guest and her husband Phillip live in Louisiana and between them, they have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Now she is the author of a book called: “It’s storytime Memaw.” And has a podcast with the same name…

 “Over the years, I spent more time in prayer. My most significant faith adventure has been producing my book by God’s direction as led by the Holy Spirit. It started years ago when my 2 & 5 yr old grands asked for a story. I prayed, God answered, and from then on, every visit, I heard, “It’s storytime Memaw.” until I told them one. Later, I prayed, “God, give me stories of You. They need You in their lives, help them draw closer to You.” This went on for 8 yrs, then both accepted Jesus as Savior.3 months later, in Mar. 2020, during prayer, God spoke. I clearly heard Him say, “Have them published.” Immediately I said yes. I had never done social media and never used a computer. During the stay-at-home mandate, I bought a computer and God saw me through.

I had never spoken to a crowd before, but I have no problem bragging on God and sharing what He’s done in my life. Not only has He labeled me an author by giving me a book, but He’s also called me to be a storyteller, by giving me a podcast to tell old and new stories He continues to give me. It’s all of Him.”

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Your Host As Always:

Dawn Damon. Influencer -Global Communicator- Thought Leader – Podcaster- High-Performance Coach- Best-Selling Author…

…who has 5 award-winning books to her credit. 

Dawn’s personal journey into coaching and helping women began as a natural overflow of her own recovering, healing process from childhood sexual trauma. As a triumphant survivor, Dawn recalls the keys to her healing was desire and determination. “I was hungry for wholeness, I desperately wanted healing and I was determined not to go through life as a victim!”

Dawn became an Ordained Minister with a special emphasis in trauma support and biblical counseling.  

She developed and worked as Director of Support and Healing Groups in a megachurch, serving hundreds of women overcoming abuse and trauma.

Dawn has also served as Executive Pastor of 3 organizations, and recently the Founder and Lead Pastor of Tribes Church, a Multi-ethnic work in Grand Rapids, MI.

Over the last 25 years, Dawn’s profound leadership has led many women into freedom and healing. The founder of Lives of Value Conference (LOV Conference) a women’s empowerment conference, and The FreedomGirl Sisterhood, a healing and freedom Weekend, Dawn continues to create safe spaces for women to shed the past and step into their callings. 

 “I want women to win; To awaken to the greatness inside of them. And as I always say…Live with Grit and Glitter!”

As an Author, Dawn has 5-award winning books, including The Freedom Challenge: 60 Days to Untie the Cords that Bind You.” A book designed to guide women into a life of victory and power.

In 2018 Dawn was certified as a Life Coach and focused her passions, writing and helping women get unstuck from average and reach for greatness.

Today, Dawn is the founder and CEO of the BraveHearted Woman Coaching, a transformational coaching and personal growth development enterprise designed to awaken and cultivate the vision of women-dreamers, calling them to braven-up and live their best lives.

I’m a mentor of brave hearts and bold visionaries; women who long for more than average and common place. Inspiring women to rise-up, become brave, and live with vision and purpose is my passion and life-assignment,” says Dawn.

Also known as the BraveHeart Mentor TM Dawn is the creator and host of “The BraveHearted Woman” a weekly podcast that encourages women to unleash their full potential to the world, by discovering the inner fortitude they need to make life transformations, so they can live a fulfilling life without regret.

“When you find your Brave, you’ll live your DREAMS,” says Dawn. A conference with the same name—The BraveHearted Woman—made its debut in 2021.

As one client put it, “Dawn ignites the fire of my dreams and inspires me to greatness!” 

Dawn’s signature Course, “Uncover Your Brave Vision: 90 Days to Unleash a Fulfilling Life,” is changing women’s lives and is now available.

Dawn also has a rich and extensive history of Radio and Television. She serves as an authority on sexual abuse and trauma, and a regularly featured contributor to Salem Radio’s Life!Line with Craig Roberts San Francisco drive time talk show, featured in the nation’s 4th largest radio market. She also makes appearances as the BraveHeart Mentor.

Dawn and her husband Paul Damon reside in the Grand Rapids, MI area and have a full family of 5 children, and eleven grandchildren.  

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