*Due to COVID-19, regularly scheduled events have been postponed. Please check back for future updates!

Opportunities for Women

Mondays: Ladies Bible Read
Contact: Dianne Margenau,
Meets: First and Third Mondays of each month, 10am, via Zoom
Download the 2020 Reading Plan

Saturdays: Study in the Book of Psalms (Women Only)
Contact: MaryDean Beland
Teachers: Christy Lafferty & MaryDean Beland
Meets: Saturday mornings, 10am, at the Lafferty home (contact Christy for directions at )

All women 18 and up are invited to join us as we study the Psalms 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?

NOTE: Social distancing and other COVID precautions will be used. Participation will be limited to 20 registrants (to meet COVID and Pavilion restrictions). Building and Restrooms are closed at this time.

Sundays: Prayer (Co-ed)
Contact: or
Meets: Sundays, 10am, Room 308, Education Bldg. (masks required). Join us to pray for the Grace Church body. Face masks are required for indoor meetings. Space is limited to 10 participants for indoor gatherings. RSVP to or

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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Barbara Hebert


Barbara and her husband, Rick have been members at Grace for 5 years. They love living in Asheville and being close to their 3 adult children & spouses, as well as their 8 grandchildren (in Asheville, Charlotte, and Abingdon, VA). When all 16 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 2nd Sunday – she loves meeting new people and welcoming them to Grace!

Contact Barbara 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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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.