1-year anniversary of Gwen Shamblin’s death

Published: May. 29, 2022 at 5:38 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Sunday is the one-year anniversary of when a plane crashed into Percy Priest Lake, killing seven members of a controversial Williamson County church.

The fatalities included the church’s founder, Gwen Shamblin, who became famous for her Christian-based weight loss program.

One year later, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has not released what exactly went wrong and sent that plane carrying seven church leaders from Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood into a nosedive into the lake.

The pilot was identified as Shamblin’s husband, former Tarzan actor Joe Lara.

Shamblin came to nationwide fame through her Christian diet program, the Weigh Down Workshop.

Since her death, Remnant Fellowship is still active, now under the leadership of Shamblin’s daughter Elizabeth.

A sign is posted at Percy Priest Lake, remembering the seven church leaders, including founder Shamblin, that died in the crash on March 29, 2021.

The church insists it is active and growing, providing this statement:

“We do not feel we have been left with a void because Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah, along with many men and women, have stepped up to the plate.”

The NTSB is still investigating what caused the crash shortly after takeoff in overcast conditions that morning as the plane took off for West Palm Beach, Florida.

Current members of the Remnant Fellowship were not available for comment on Sunday, as the church was closed for the weekend.

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