Women only Studies, Gatherings & Opportunities

Thursday Morning Bible Study - Leigh Verm -

  • Description: Women of all ages are invited to join together for a time of fellowship, prayer, and discovery in God’s word. We will begin the winter-spring season with a study of Wisdom: Prayer, Psalms & Proverbs and then study some of Paul’s letters.
  • When: Thursday mornings, January 20 - May 5 from 10:00AM -11:30AM
  • Where: GMR - Education Building - Room 307
  • Register: Email Leigh Verm *If you are interested in childcare, please let Leigh know in your email.

Thursday Evening Bible Study - Emily Petrilla -

  • Description: A women's Bible study of the book of Hebrews. We will be using Jen Wilkin's verse by verse study Better: A Study of Hebrews. Join other women, all ages welcome, in studying God's word, hearing from Him and having time of fellowship and prayer.
  • When: Thursday evenings, beginning January 27 from 6:00PM -7:30PM
  • Where: GMR - Education Building - Room 302
  • Register: Email Emily Petrilla.

Ladies Bible Read - Elenore Beach -

  • Description: Join a group of gospel-loving women who love to read through Scripture together. We meet together a couple of times a month to discuss the questions and insights we are gleaning from our readings. Currently, we read through portions of the old and new testaments and engage in laid back but profound discussion. 
  • When: 1st & 3rd Mondays from 10:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Register: Email Elenore Beach.

Women’s Hike - Cindy Stashenko -

  • Description: Cindy Stashenko will lead another hike in the Spring. Keep an eye out in the weekly email update and on the website for more details to come as plans are finalized. This is a great way to meet other ladies that attend Grace and enjoy the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
  • When: Spring 2022 / Exact Date & Time TBD
  • Where: TBD
  • Questions: Email Cindy Stashenko.

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.

 Meet the Women's Leadership Team

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Rebecca Parker


Wife of 40 years to David (an amazing guy) , mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of 4 adorable boys and 1 precious girl. I enjoy when my family comes home to the mountains of NC. With my husband’s recent retirement I enjoy working on projects around my home. My favorite thing to do is volunteer, "I love being behind the scenes and helping wherever I can." I've said many times how I would love to be a professional volunteer, funny how that seems to play out in my life. Most of all I know that Papa God loves me!!!

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Leigh Verm


I grew up Methodist in Canton, Georgia; married a Baptist from Houston, Texas; and have been raising our family in the Presbyterian tradition here in Asheville. I value the many traditions of our Christian faith and find that diversity within the unity of Christ is awe-inspiring. I have worshiped and prayed with brothers and sisters in Christ from Lesotho in Africa to Honduras in Central America. My husband Alan and I met at Davidson College and settled in WNC 18 years ago. I have had the privilege and joy of raising our three children Chase (19), Katherine (18), and Elizabeth (11) as an at-home mom. Bible study is a regular part of my life whether through church, home groups, or Bible Study Fellowship which I’ve participated in for 6 years. It is through these studies that I have come to know God and glimpse the astounding beauty of Jesus’ love for us. Small groups have allowed me to connect with other women and find encouragement through prayer and fellowship. Motherhood reveals my need for Jesus like nothing else. Drawing near to God alongside other Christian women leads me to a more authentic relationship with my Savior.

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Jansen Giles


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Carrie Hoyle

Consulting WLT Member


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Christen Stewart

Children's Ministry Director