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Small plane carrying diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara and members of her church crashes into lake

At least one person is killed after small plane carrying Christian diet guru Gwen Shablin Lara, her husband and five other members of the Remnant Fellowship Church crashes into lake in Tennessee

A small plane carrying Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara, her husband and five other members of the Remnant Fellowship Church crashed into lake in Tennessee, killing at least one on Saturday.

The Cessna C501 slammed into the water in Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna, Tennessee around 11 a.m. leaving at least one person dead who has not yet been identified, WTVF reported.

The plane is registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which is a partnership formed by Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara, the outlet reported.

A small plane carrying Christian diet guru Gwen Shablin, left, as well as her husband and five other members of the Remnant Fellowship Church crashed into lake in Tennessee 

The Remnant Fellowship Church is pictured in Brentwood, Tennessee

The Remnant Fellowship Church is pictured in Brentwood, Tennessee

A boat is seen on the Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna, Tennessee after the plane crash

A boat is seen on the Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna, Tennessee after the plane crash

Emergency responders are pictured at Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna as they searchfor survivors of the wreck

Emergency responders are pictured at Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna as they searchfor survivors of the wreck

Dive crews were reportedly seen at the lake looking for debris and survivors on Saturday afternoon

Dive crews were reportedly seen at the lake looking for debris and survivors on Saturday afternoon

Smyrna Plane Crash Aerials

LIVE: Sky5 is over the scene of a private plane crash on Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna. NOTE: We are staying outside of the temporary flight restriction area and are in contact with TN Highway Patrol.

Posted by NewsChannel 5 Nashville on Saturday, May 29, 2021

Shamblin Lara, who founded the church in 1999, is the author of The Weigh Down Diet – a diet based in Christian practices. Her status after the wreck is not known. 

Her website describes her as the ‘pioneer of faith-based weight loss.’ 

The Federal Aviation Administration told the outlet that the plane left from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before it wrecked. It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

The plane was said to have gone into the water near the Fate Sanders boat ramp, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Brentwood-based Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara, who were both reportedly on the plane,  are pictured

Her daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, right, was not on the plane but Hannah's husband Brandon Hannah reportedly was

Brentwood-based Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara, who were both reportedly on the plane,  are pictured. Her daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, right, was not on the plane but Hannah’s husband Brandon Hannah reportedly was

Pictured: Jonathan Walters and his wife Jessica Walters were also reportedly on the flight

Pictured: Jonathan Walters and his wife Jessica Walters were also reportedly on the flight

Pictured: David Martin and his wife Jennifer Martin were also reportedly on the flight

Pictured: David Martin and his wife Jennifer Martin were also reportedly on the flight

Dive teams are continuing to search the lake for debris and survivors, Nashville Public Radio reported.

Elizabeth Hannah, her daughter, sent out an internal text to families of the church telling them the plane ‘had to go down for a controlled, quick landing,’ WTVF reported.

Officials have not revealed the names of anyone on the plane but Hannah’s text identified them as her own husband, Brandon Hannah, along with the Laras church leaders David and Jennifer Martin and Jonathan and Jessica Walters. 

‘More information to come, but be in prayer – and be at peace. GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church,’ Hannah wrote.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Remnant Fellowship Church for more information and additional comment.

According to the church’s website, it was founded by Lara in 1999 and it has since grown in membership with more than 150 churches in the United States and Canada, and across several continents. 

Gwen Shamblin Lara: The woman who created the Weigh Down Diet 

Gwen Shamblin Lara is a registered dietician and has a master’s degree in food and nutrition. 

Her interest in weight loss started in college after gaining about 20 poubds, according to her website.

She has said she was ‘permanently set free’  from being overweight and dieting by ‘studying God’s perfect design and naturally thin eaters.’ 

Lara founded her Weigh Down workshops in 1992, in which dieters lose weight  by using ‘the same Bible-based principles’ people use to turn away from other addictions such as smoking or alcohol abuse.

In 1997, she published her book The Weigh Down Diet which sold more than 1.2 million copies by 1999, Time reported.

By August 1998, Weigh Down held more than 21,000 classes with over 250,000 reported participants worldwide, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Publisher notes for the book on Amazon read: ‘This is not a diet like others, because it is not food-focused.’

‘Weigh Down gives back hope to dieters who will learn that God did not put chocolate or lasagna on Earth to torture us – but rather for our enjoyment!’ the publisher wrote.  



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