Aelicia “Chocolate” Watson
Founder & Executive Director of Redeemed Women
Aelicia Watson, affectionately known as “Chocolate,” is an Urban Missionary to the women of Dallas’ Bonton neighborhood and across the Metroplex. Chocolate has always had a servant’s heart and a strong desire to serve the lost, the least, and the lonely.
Chocolate began part-time ministry as a volunteer in Bonton several years before answering God’s call into full-time service in 2016. Then, God called her one giant step further to establish Redeemed Women in 2017, a ministry focused on the unique needs and challenges of women facing generational poverty, homelessness, hunger, exploitation, sexual and domestic abuse, teen pregnancy, educational deficiencies, spiritual, emotional, and medical needs, unemployment, transportation needs and the lack of a viable support system.
As the survivor of teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, bone cancer twice, breast cancer, homelessness, abuse, and a variety of dire circumstances, Chocolate knows first-hand what a woman must overcome as she discovers her essential worthiness as a child of God and her immense potential to flourish as a redeemed woman of God.
Chocolate turned to Christ for strength and courage to begin her healing process, and through Redeemed Women, she wants every woman struggling with such deep challenges to know the same healing power of Christ in their own lives. Women are naturally drawn to Chocolate’s warm smile and outgoing personality, and the pure joy that radiates from her heart!
Women see in Chocolate their own pain and are encouraged that they, too, can survive and thrive! She builds trust as she reaches out in kindness and love, listening to each woman’s unique story and drawing them into community through Bible study, guidance counseling and social events at The Well, Redeemed Women’s new headquarters across from Fair Park.
Redeemed Women helps women rebuild their brokenness and find new hope for the future with joy and community for the journey ahead. The ministry offers women strategic guidance, emotional support and shares God’s steadfast love with each woman despite her circumstance or past. Chocolate’s heart’s desire is to invite women from all walks of life and every ethnicity into authentic relationship with Jesus and the abundant, Redeemed life He offers.
Chocolate is the mother of Archesicia, affectionately known as “Tweety,” who while working on her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas also finds time to volunteer with Redeemed Women.
Chocolate graduated from high school in December 1999, received an Associates Degree in Child Development from Eastfield College in 2005, and was awarded an Administrative Certification in 2009. Before going into full time ministry, Chocolate was a Dispatch Operator in transportation management. In 2016 she was awarded the “Awaken” award presented by Priscilla Shirer on behalf of “Going Beyond” ministries. This award recognizes an exceptional woman, who in spite of her own difficulties, ministers to and serves her community. Chocolate is a life-long learner and continues to take non-profit and business classes to equip her to lead the ministry.
Chocolate’s autobiography, Anointed – a survivor’s story… from unspeakable pain to undeniable joy, is for sale at The Well.
In her spare time, she loves to travel, attend social events, enjoys reading, and a good night of Karaoke.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…
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