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Marriage Beyond the Vows

Vows are easy to say, but marriage is the real test. The “Marriage Beyond The Vows” panel moderated by  Praise 103.9 host Marcos Mercado is designed to enrich marriages with effective communication, compromise, and intimacy.


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Marriage Beyond The Vows

Marco Mercado & Mrs. Amarillis Mercado from Praise 103.9 – Moderator


Marcos Mercado has devoted his life to helping people all over the world. Marcos answered his calling at the age of 16 when he started preaching at his local congregation in New York City, where he was born and raised. Over the last two decades, God has transformed him from a young zealot to a spiritual and mature man of God. He has worn many hats in his life; including that of a Full-time Minister, Preacher, Teacher, Motivational Speaker, and Marriage and Life Coach. Now, he is taking his seasoned experience and his passion for people on the airwaves via the weekly radio show “Marriage Beyond the Vows” on Praise 103.9FM (Philadelphia) and 100.9FM (Charlotte, N.C.). He has led life-changing marriage seminars throughout the country helping couples from all walks of life find healing and a future. He now lives in Philadelphia and is happily married to his wife Amarillis, who serves alongside him as a Women’s Ministry Leader. They are the proud parents of two beautiful children ages 7 and 11.

  Pastor & Mrs. Theodore Winsley


Pastor Theodore Winsley a discipler and mentor who loves to be used by God to walk people out of the bondage and pain of this world into the liberty found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He has been a licensed minister for 16 years and member of Living Faith Christian Center for 14 of those years and has recently been acknowledged as an Assisant Pastor. In 2001 Pastor Theodore left his position as a national sales manager for a globally known fashion wear company, to follow the Lord’s call on his life. Pastor Winsley has served as chaplain of the Philadelphia Eagles since 2001 providing weekly bible studies, counseling, and personal mentoring to many of the players. He is a passionate preacher/ teacher who loves to convey biblical truths that change lives. Born and educated in Delaware He resides in south jersey with his college sweetheart Minister Dawn Winsley and two children Tierra and Theodore II.

 Jason Avant & Mrs. Stacy Avant

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Jason Raye Avant (born April 20, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played college football at Michigan and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Avant has also been a member of the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Senator Vincent Hughes & Mrs. Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes 


Vincent J. Hughes is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 7th District since 1994. The district includes Springfield Township and Whitemarsh Township inMontgomery County, as well as West Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, University City, Roxborough, Manayunk, and East Falls.] He is currently the Democratic chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Sheryl Lee Ralph is an American actress, singer, and activist. She is best known for her role as Deidra “Dee” Mitchell on the UPN comedy Moesha. Ralph also played the role of Deena Jones in the original Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

George C. Whitfield, Jr. & Rev. Deirdre Rouse Whitfield

George C. Whitfield

George C. Whitfield, Jr., graduated in the 235 class of Central High School, Philadelphia, PA. He holds a B.S. and M.A. from Indiana University of PA. George taught public school in northwestern PA before his current career in Insurance. September 1, 2015, George will begin his 30th year as an Agent for State Farm Insurance Companies.

The Rev. Deirdre Rouse Whitfield is a graduate of Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ. She holds a B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an M.SW from Bryn Mawr College, and an M. Div. from The General Theological Seminary. Rev. Whitfield is currently a priest at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Chester, PA.

George and Rev. Whitfield have been married for 30 years and have two sons, Christopher 29 and Michael 23 who is, a senior at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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