What a Creep: Gwen Shamblin Lara (“The Way Down” Cult Creep)

What a Creep: Gwen Shamblin Lara

Season 13, Episode 4

The Founder of Remnant Fellowship Church

“HBOMax The Way Down” 

Gwen Henley Shamblin Lara was the founder of a popular Christina diet program called “The Weigh Down” whose followers were instructed to use God as their guide to lose weight and overcome eating issues. This led her to start her own ministry called the Remnant Fellowship which along with her best-selling books and popular online programs and festivals made her a wealthy woman.

For years, she dodged rumors that she ran a cult and took advantage of her followers. On May 29, 2021, she died in a plane crash along with her second husband for Tarzan in Manhattan actor Joe Lara, her son-in-law Brandon Hannah, and several members of her church on their way to a MAGA rally.

HBO Max produced three episodes for a series called The Way Down (two more are due next year) which exposed many of the more unsavory aspects of her life. Today we talk about the mysterious leader with the incredible head of hair and what is happening with her ministry today.

Trigger Warnings: Church cults, eating disorders, and child abuse.


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1 Comment

  • Posted April 28, 2022
    by T Tani

    Started reading about this “creep” after watching “The Way Down” (PT1) and looking forward to seeing PT2 tonight

    I hate supposedly “religious” people who use religion to raise money. Enjoyed your podcast and loved your “snarky” approach. A few things stuck out.. 1) She was all for the sanctity of marriage and didn’t allow divorce. Yet it was Ok to dump her hubby of 40 years to marry a gold digger bad actor. 2) She denied the holy trinity

    3) I know this is terrible but she died in a plane crash because her hubby Was an unqualified pilot and the plan was overweight. I think God has a funny sense of humor

    Enjoyed the podcast ladies. Thanks

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