Women's Leadership Team

The Women's Leadership Team encourages women to seek opportunities to dig deeper in the Gospel, to connect with one another and to take the initiative to "do" ministry for and with women. The team functions under the oversight of the Session, providing women access and the connection they may need to leadership. These women are a voice for the concerns, needs and opinions of Grace women. They seek opportunities to reveal the many ways in which women are fully part of the ministry and leadership of Grace within our church's theological commitment to men and women sharing ministry under the authority of the Session. This team wants to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact any of these leaders.

A womAn's Heart - Women's Gatherings!

Ladies, join us for “A Woman’s Heart” on Wednesdays at 6pm. Led by Christy Lafferty and MaryDean Beland, this is a time for younger and older women to gather together for Bible truths, fellowship and prayer. Childcare available upon request. Join anytime! For more details, contact Christy Lafferty at

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You are invited to join us for a community Bible study beginning September 13 at 9:30 in the Education Building. We'll be studying The Power of God's Names by Tony Evans. Cost is $20 and childcare is available on request. For more information or to register, contact Melanie Wilkins ( ).

Ongoing Women's Events:

Women's Breakfast: Join other women for breakfast at Cracker Barrel on Airport Road, second Tuesday of the month, 9:00am. Contact Mary Dean Beland at

Women of Grace on Facebook: Request to join this private Facebook Group to connect with other women and to learn what is going on for women at Grace Community Church.

Women's  Study: Read through the Bible: Join us as we encourage each other on our year-long read of the entire Bible. You may use your current version, or you may choose to purchase the one that follows the specific reading plan. We will meet at Grace on the first and third Friday mornings of each month at 11:00. Contact Dianne Margenau at for details and more information.
Women's Zumba Class: Call Dina for current schedule and info at 779-5800. Meets on Mondays 6–7 pm. We will not have classes July 4 & 11. Come join us!

Join us after the first service in the Prayer Room to pray for the Grace Church body. Contact or

Groups/Missional Communities

Missional Communities are a new initiative at Grace! We are working towards becoming more missional-minded with our small groups through service within the body and the local community. Contact Amanda McLamb, Director of Outreach for more details!

 Meet the Women's Leadership Team

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Gina Bokmiller


Gina and her husband, David, have lived in the Asheville area since 2004 and have attended Grace Mills River since 2010. They have two sons, Vince and Adam.

Gina has served on several Round Tables in the Adult Discipleship Ministry and is actively involved in the prayer ministry at Grace. She is employed at a local non-profit organization and enjoys reading, hot yoga, mountain biking and hiking.

Motivated by a strong love for God’s Word, prayer and worship, her desire is to help spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through gospel-centric teaching and to see gospel renewal in the Body of Christ.

Contact Gina at

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Laura Carver


Laura and her husband, Pat, have been attending Grace since they returned to Asheville in 2005. They became members and have been involved in volunteering in the Children’s Ministry. Laura and Pat have 3 children - Owen and Alex are actively involved in Watershed and Emma cannot wait until she is old enough to participate!

Laura is excited about connecting with other women in the church. By being a part of the Women’s Leadership Team, she hopes to help other women find ways to connect in the church and grow in their walk with God. Laura enjoys reading, all sorts of crafts and sports – especially tennis. She is a coach to her son’s middle school tennis team.

Contact Laura at

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Susan Dennis


Susan and her daughter Sherry have been members of Grace since 1998. She believes that the reformed Gospel teaching at Grace has given her so many tools and inspiration to navigate the challenges of this life.

She became a member of the Missions roundtable and part of the Stephens Ministry at Grace. Having a heart for older singles, Susan has revived the "Singles over 40" ministry at Grace twice (the current group meets on the 4th Sunday of each month for food and fellowship).

Susan is a retired Dental Hygienist and currently works in Home Health care. She loves the beauty of the mountains and . Her favorite place is the magazine section of Barnes and Nobles  - reading about her favorite basketball team, the TARHEELS, with her favorite drink, coffee, of course !!!

Contact Susan at

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Barbara Hebert


Barbara and her husband, Rick, moved to Asheville from Eastern NC 4 years ago and have been members at Grace for 3 years. Being in Asheville puts them closer to their 3 adult children, their spouses, and 7 grandchildren (in Asheville, Charlotte, and Abingdon, VA). When all 15 are together, it is pretty chaotic!

Barbara enjoys being creative and is building her skills as an emerging potter. She is part of the teaching team of a women’s Bible study on Friday mornings. Look for Barbara at the Information Desk on 3rd Sunday – she loves meeting new people and welcoming them to Grace!

Contact Barbara at

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Fran Li


Fran moved to this area with her daughter, Courtney Johnson, from Naples. She has been a member of Grace for nine years. She and her husband, Veech, were married two years ago and and currently serves as an Elder at Grace. Fran has a son, Barrett, incredible daughter-in-law, Ashlee and two grandchildren who live in Winston-Salem. She absolutely loves being this close to her family.

Fran is a retired elementary school teacher who enjoyed her profession ever so much and now gets to experience retirement in this gorgeous area of the country. She and Veech have a great time hiking, going to plays at Flat Rock and exercise at the Y (where they see some Grace friends).

She is thrilled to be a part of the Women’s Leadership Team where she can connect with other women and grow in the teaching of Christ together.

Contact Fran at

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Gail Rachow


Gail has been a member of Grace since 2005. She has been active in Children’s Ministry, classes, Bible Studies and is currently serving on the Shepherding and the Women’s Leadership Teams. Gail is excited to see what God has instore for the women of Grace Mills River.

Gail and her husband John are enjoying retirement in NC. They have a son and daughter-in-law (J and Kim) in NY, a daughter and son-in-law (Jen and Bryan) and two grandsons (Dalton and Landon) in SC. Gail volunteers and the Mills River Library and enjoys making and teaching card making. She and John are British car enthusiast and participate in driving tours and car shows whenever they can.

Contact Gail at

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Lynn Ramsey


Lynn became a member of Grace in 2011, and joined the WLT as it was formed that year. She now serves as Secretary after rejoining the team in 2016. She and her husband, David, moved to these beautiful mountains from Miami, and are thoroughly enjoying retirement. They have 2 children and are blessed with 3 delightful grandboys.

Welcoming, meeting and connecting people is a great joy; especially connecting women with opportunities for fellowship and ministry. I love multicultural and multigenerational outreach and worship and wish I had kept up Spanish lessons (or paid more attention in high school!).  I appreciate that with each person comes a unique, interesting life story and believe that building personal relationships through common interests opens the door to share the Gospel.

Contact Lynn at

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Julie Wallace


Julie and her husband, Brandon, have attended Grace for 18 years and became members in 2011. She has been involved in children's ministry, greeting, classes and weekly bible studies at Grace.

Julie is mom to two boys (Jacob, 19 & Canaan 11). She enjoys watching them playing sports and doing drama and choir with their school.

Julie also volunteers her time promoting organ donation awareness and kidney disease research and also serves on the Board at Asheville Christian Academy.