A RECOVERY mission is underway after a private jet carrying Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara, her husband and members of her church crashed into a lake in Tennessee.

The founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church, her husband Joe, and six others on board the Cessna small jet are all presumed dead after the plane hit Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna, police said.

The victims are also believed to include Jennifer and David Martin, Jessica and Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah, the husband of Shamblin Lara’s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah.

Elizabeth reportedly sent a text message to Remnant church members asking for prayers.

She said that the plane had to go down “for a controlled, quick landing,” according to the outlet.

“More information to come, but be in prayer — and be at peace,” Hannah’s message continues.

“GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church.”

Shamblin Lara founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999 and is the author of The Weigh Down Diet.

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In a statement to The Sun, the Remnant Fellowship Church said the families were still awaiting word from the authorities on Saturday evening.

  • WHAT WAS GWEN’S DIET PHILOSOPHY?

    Gwen Shamblin Lara taught that genetics and metabolism were not to blame for obesity and food struggles.

    “People who have known no end to their hunger and who have no control over their late-night binges have learned through the Weigh Down Workshop that they can remove the irresistible desire for food,” reads the Amazon summary of her book.

    “This is not a diet like others, because it is not food-focused.”

  • GWEN WAS AUTHOR OF MULTIPLE BOOKS

    Gwen Shamblin Lara is the author of The Weigh Down Diet, “a groundbreaking approach to weight loss,” according to the book’s description.

    She was a Christian diet guru who founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999.

    She was born in February of 1955 in Memphis. Her husband of three years, actor Joe Lara, also perished in the plane crash.

  • WHAT IS THE REMNANT FELLOWSHIP CHURCH?

    The Remnant Fellowship Church is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.

    The church features “an international community of people who are finding renewed hope, profound love and deep purpose by putting the undiluted teachings of Jesus Christ into practice,” according to the organization’s website.

    “While divorce, depression, obesity and out-of-control children are increasingly the norm these days, at the Remnant we are experiencing healed marriages, increasing joy, restored health, repaired finances and children who love to follow the guidance of their parents.”

  • GWEN’S CHURCH RAIDED

    The church of Gwen Shamblin Lara who died in a plane crash Saturday morning, the Remnant Fellowship Church, was raided as part of a police investigation in 2004.

    The investigation occurred after an Atlanta couple who were members of the Church beat their 8-year-old son to death, NBC News reports.

    The couple in question, Joseph and Sonya Smith, reportedly locked their son in a wooden box for hours at a time before his murder.

  • WHO DID THE PLANE BELONG TO?

    The plane was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara own together, WTVF reported.

    It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

    “All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. All are presumed dead, the statement said.

  • GWEN DOGGED BY LAWSUITS

    Before her death in a plane crash Saturday morning, diet guru and religious leader Gwen Shamblin Lara was reportedly dogged by lawsuits.

    The lawsuits took aim at Shamblin Lara’s demand that followers of her church follow her belief system exactly.

    According to News Channel 5, she told followers in a recording, “I have not been put in this position because I’m going to put up with you all’s disobedience.”

  • GWEN’S SON-IN-LAW ALSO ON PLANE

    Brandon Hannah, the husband of Elizabeth Hannah, Gwen Shamblin Lara’s daughter, was also on the plane when it crashed.

    Authorities said all 7 people aboard the plane are ‘presumed dead’.

    “All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. 

  • WHO IS ELIZABETH HANNAH?

    Elizabeth Hannah is the daughter of Gwen and Joe Lara who were killed in the plane crash Saturday morning.

    “More information to come, but be in prayer — and be at peace,” Hannah wrote in a message.

    “GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church.”

  • GWEN CRITICIZED FOR PROFITING FROM WEIGHT LOSS WORK

    Gwen Shamblin Lara was often criticized for the profits she made from her Christian-based weight loss work.

    In an interview with CNN’s Larry King in which her expensive lifestyle was criticized, she pushed back.

    “This money, half of it goes to the government, the other half goes to keep it going so someone else can be helped,” she said, according to the New York Post.

  • WERE THERE ANY SURVIVORS OF THE CRASH?

    All seven people aboard Gwen Shamblin Lara’s plane died during the plane crash, authorities reported.

    “All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. All are presumed dead, the statement said.

    The plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am before crashing into Percy Priest Lake.

  • GWEN’S CHURCH COMPARED TO ‘CULT’

    The church founded by Gwen Shamblin Lara, the Remnant Fellowship Church, was criticized in the past for its similarity to a cult in which Shamblin Lara was considered a prophet.

    In an interview on News Channel 5 in 2003, Shamblin Lara said of her “prophetic” abilities, “I don’t believe I know what my gift name is.”

    “So I will tell you I’m still wrestling with that. I’ve been told that for years.”

  • WHEN DID THE PLANE LEAVE THE AIRPORT?

    The Federal Aviation Administration told WTVF that the plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am before crashing into Percy Priest Lake.

    It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

    The plane was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara own together, the outlet reported.

  • RUTHERFORD COUNTY FIRE RESCUE TWEETS PICTURES OF RESCUE OPERATION

    Rutherford County Fire Rescue tweeted out pictures of the rescue operation after Gwen Shamblin Lara’s plane crashed into a Tennessee Lake.

    “Multiple agencies on scene of a small jet that crashed into Percy Priest Lake around 11:00 a.m. FAA & NTSB en route,” it stated.

  • WHO ARE THE VICTIMS OF THE CRASH?

    The victims are believed to be William J. Lara, Gwen S. Lara, Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah, according to the statement.

    “All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. All are presumed dead, the statement said.

  • WHAT WAS GWEN KNOWN FOR?

    Gwen Shamblin Lara is a Christian diet guru and the author of The Weigh Down Diet.

    According to her website, she first began teaching diet classes 30 years ago with her background as a registered dietician and degree in food and nutrition.

    “With a deep love for God and profound compassion for the hurting human soul, Gwen was driven to find wisdom and answers from the Heavens that would lead people to permanent weight loss and improved health.”

  • PASSENGERS ANNOUNCED DEAD AFTER RESCUE OPERATION

    Rutherford County Fire Rescue confirmed that multiple agencies responded to the crash site around 11am on Saturday.

    “Multiple agencies on scene of a small jet that crashed into Percy Priest Lake around 11:00 a.m. FAA & NTSB en route,” the squad wrote in a tweet.

    “Dive Teams determining extent of crash site, examining the debris field, & conducting search & rescue. Boaters and private aircraft urged to stay clear of area.”

    In an update on Saturday night, the rescue squad confirmed that recovery efforts at the lake would continue through the night.

  • WHEN WAS THE REMNANT FELLOWSHIP CHURCH FOUNDED?

    The Remnant Fellowship Church, which was founded in part by Gwen Shamblin Lara, the Christian weight loss guru who died in the crash, was founded in 2004.

    The church was started when Shamblin Lara purchased 40 acres of land in Brentwood, Tennessee, Daily Mail reports.

    The Weigh Down Organization was then donated to the church in 2006.

  • WHAT WAS GWEN SHAMBLIN LARA’S MESSAGE?

    Gwen Shamblin Lara’s website describes her as a “pioneer of faith-based weight loss.”

    She published a post to her blog on Saturday morning, apparently before the plane departed, where she wrote that, “God does not want us to worry about the food’s content.”

    “Jesus taught us that it is not the food that defiles us, but rather the attitudes and thoughts that we have in our hearts and in our minds that will corrupt and destroy us,” the blog says.

    “It is the greed in our hearts that leads to overeating and overdrinking.”

  • WHAT KIND OF PLANE WAS IT?

    The plane carrying Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband that crashed Saturday morning was a Cessna C501.

    Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara reportedly own the plane that went down.

    Rutherford County Fire Rescue confirmed that multiple agencies responded to the crash site around 11am on Saturday.

  • WHEN DID THE PLANE LEAVE THE AIRPORT?

    The Federal Aviation Administration told WTVF that the plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am before crashing into Percy Priest Lake.

    It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport.

    The plane was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, which Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe Lara own together, the outlet reported.

  • GWEN TWEETED DAYS BEFORE DEATH

    Days before her death in a plane crash, Gwen Shamblin Lara tweeted to her followers to give up “extra food” in exchange for “jewels and blessings”.

    “When you give up the extra food you want, you get back jewels and blessings! So believe what Jesus said and follow in his steps—this week and forevermore!” she wrote.

  • GWEN FACED CONTROVERSY FOR HOLOCAUST COMMENT

    Gwen Shamblin Lara, who died in a plane crash on Saturday morning, was a longtime controversial figure.

    In an interview with Larry King on CNN in the 90’s, she said she got her weight loss theories from studying concentration camp victims during the Holocaust.

    “How in the Holocaust did you have all these people getting down real skinny? They ate less food,” she said.

    Shamblin Lara’s website describes her as a “pioneer of faith-based weight loss.”

  • WAS GWEN’S DAUGHTER ON THE PLANE?

    Gwen Shamblin Lara’s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, was not on the plane that killed both Gwen and her husband Joe.

    Shamblin Lara’s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, reportedly sent out a text message to Remnant church members asking for prayers.

    “More information to come, but be in prayer — and be at peace,” Hannah’s message continues.

    “GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church.”

  • GWEN’S HUSBAND ‘LOVED PLANES’

    Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband Joe, who both died on the plane that crashed into the lake, had previously expressed their love of planes.

    “I love being at the airport, something about being around airplanes that’s just so cool,” Joe Lara said in a video, Nashville Channel 5 reports.

    “It represents a lot of freedom, doesn’t it?” echoed Gwen.

  • WHO WAS KILLED IN THE CRASH?

    Rutherford County officials announced Saturday morning the names of the seven passengers who are all “presumed dead.”

    The victims are believed to be William J. Lara, Gwen S. Lara, Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah, according to the statement.

    The Federal Aviation Administration told WTVF that the plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am before crashing into Percy Priest Lake.