Women's Leadership Team

The Women's Leadership Team of Grace Mills River exists to complement Session in connecting women of Grace as they grow in the gospel of grace.

WLT Mission

The mission of our WLT consists of the following:

  • To encourage women in the use of individual gifts for the church body.
  • To bridge communication between women of the church, Session and Grace ministries.
  • To be a resource for women as they seek out ministry, education and discipleship opportunities.
  • To foster connections between all women of the church through education, fellowship and intergenerational relationships.
  • To complement Session in serving the women of Grace Mills River.

WLT Values

We hold to the Grace values of being Biblical, Creative, Dependent, Honest, Hopeful, Generous, Grateful, and Interdependent.

More Opportunities

The WLT encourages the women of Grace to support ministry by providing opportunities to:

  • Serve Your Community
  • Serve Your Church
  • Serve Each Other
  • Serve Together

Specific dates to serve in these areas will be posted in the bulletin, on the website calendar and on the Women of Grace Mills River Facebook page.

*See Grace Classes for more classes offered this fall

Community Area Women’s Bible Study
Contact: Melanie Wilkins at
Meets: Weekly on Thursday, 9:15 - 11:30am

Women of all ages are invited to a weekly Thursday Bible study 9:15-11:30 a.m. in the Education Building beginning September 5. The first six weeks, we'll study ""It's Not Supposed to Be this Way"" by Lysa TerKeurst about finding strength through the disappointments. Cost is $20. Contact Melanie ( ) to register or request childcare.

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel
(on Airport Road)
Contact: MaryDean Beland,
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:00am

Miracles: For Real? (Women Only)
Teachers: Christy Lafferty & Mary Dean Beland
Meets: Sundays 9am - 10:15am in the Education Building Room 304
Begins September 8 (no class 10/06) (No Cost!)
All women 18 and up are invited to join us Sunday mornings as we study a miracle each week and explore together what it means for us in our everyday lives. How might this truth change how we see God, how we pray, how we see suffering and how we love others?

Friday Bible Study
Contact: Barbara Hebert,
Meets: Weekly on Friday, 9:00am - 11:00am
Please purchase your own book: “Lost Women of the Bible” by Carolyn Custis James
Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Tamar, Hannah, Esther – you know these women, but you don’t know them like this! Please join us as we explore the lives of 10 familiar Biblical women. Their stories will offer fresh insight into God’s vision for our lives, a vision that encompasses the vast diversity of our lives and calls us to be more. See how the Gospel plan touches each of them as they struggle in the crossfire between church and culture. Grace abounds!

Friday Bible Read
Contact: Dianne Margenau,
Meets: 1st & 3rd Friday of each month,
11:00am - 1:00pm
Download the 2019 Reading Plan

Contact: Call Dina at 779-5800
Meets: weekly on Monday, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

 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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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.