Welcome to Women's Ministry

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His Name together | Psalm 34:3

Meet our Leaders

Click each section to get acquainted with the women's ministry leadership:

  • Becky Elkins

    Director of Women's Ministry

    Becky was born and raised in Waynesboro.  She became a member of our Tab family in 2013 with her husband, Steve, and 4 children. Active for many years as a home-schooling mom, she originally served Tab for some years in Youth Ministry and still enjoys spending time sharing the love of Christ with our young members. 


    God called her officially to Women’s Ministry in 2018. Becky’s greatest joy is family but her family extends quite easily and naturally beyond the biological ties God has given her. In recent years, she has grown more enthusiastic about studying God’s holy and inspired Word, especially in communion with other Tab women, but you might also find her serving others on short-term mission trips or discovering Gospel truths in the garden or in the kitchen on any given day.  Indeed, her excitement for exploration and discovery includes scuba-diving and bee-keeping as well as intimate conversations with close friends and new acquaintances.


    Currently, Becky is studying Genesis using Jen Wilkins’ God of Covenant guide and audio commentary. She also has active bookmarks in Melissa Kruger’s Growing Together, Dane Ortlund’s Gentle and Lowly, Hannah Anderson’s All That’s Good, and Tish Harrison Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary. When she has time, she also tries to listen when God calls her to “mother” her now all nearly adult children and one lovely daughter-in-law. She is “Mom” to Sam (and Selena), Will, Max and Alice. Her husband is her best friend and trustworthy partner but she also considers herself blessed by the Lord with many close friends, mentors and prayer partners as she endeavors to glorify God in her life. 


    Often when she prays for the women at Tab, she prays this prayer: “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalm 34:3

  • Daza Craig

    Daza grew up in Houston Texas in a Christian home. She made a profession of faith at the age of eight and was baptized. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack, and he served in both the Coast Guard and the Navy for over 20 years. During that time, she and her family moved 13 times and had three children born in Japan, Colorado and Russia. Trained as a librarian, she worked almost 30 years in medical, engineering, school and public libraries.  She has been a member of Tabernacle for 11 years.


    She has a great desire for women to grow in their Christian walk and in relationship with one another in the Body of Christ. This year she has had the privilege of participating in both the Hebrews and James Bible studies at Tabernacle. 


    Her hobbies include reading, traveling, gardening and cross stitching. She just finished reading The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby and recommends it highly for its survey of the history of the white and black church in America. Recently retired, she hopes soon to make some trips to Hawaii, Australia, and Iceland with her husband of fifty years. She and Jack live just outside of Waynesboro on thirty acres and enjoy growing their own vegetables and grapes. Her 93-year-old mother lives in a cottage nearby and shares in family life.  


    Her life verse is Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteous; and all these things shall be added unto you.

  • Linda Dickerson

    Linda thanks God every day for His Providence, mercy, and grace throughout her long, active life. Growing up as a Navy junior, Linda lived on several continents among many different cultures and religions.


    Having always lived on a coast, Linda was not enthusiastic about settling in the mountains but eventually she realized the decision to raise their family in this wonderful Valley was the result of the Providence of God. 


    Linda graduated from Mary Washington College in 1970 and taught English at Fort Defiance before her son and daughter were born. Then she was a full-time mom for 16 years, helping with church and community activities. For the last 26 years Linda’s passion for the gospel has inspired her to teach WRE (Weekday Religious Education) at Cassell and Clymore Elementary Schools, planting seeds among the children there, most of whom do not regularly attend a church. 


    She has been a member at Tab since 2003, making many wonderful friends and benefitting from the inspired preaching and teaching. In 2019, God blessed Linda with a beautiful granddaughter, Leah, the first child of her son Hank and his wife Lauren, who live in northern VA. When she is not visiting her loved ones in Centreville, teaching the Bible to public school children, or participating with the local Republican Party, she is diligently serving her Tab family in any number of other ways. We are blessed to have her on our team!


  • Kim Richardson

    Kim and her husband joined our family at Tab in 2013. She has enthusiastically served on the Women’s Leadership Team since 2019, coordinating to make Bible Studies available for all women at Tab and helping in many other ways to keep our team organized.  Kim loves God’s Word and enjoys reading it in community with others.  She loves gathering to discuss God’s Word and learning ways to apply it to her life and she loves to spend time with God praying for her sisters at Tab.  She is currently reading A Vine-Ripened Life by Stanley D. Gale, which will also be offered as an evening study in the fall2021, Lord willing.


    Kim and David were married in 2013. They both work full-time at UVA hospital, but Kim’s duties are in Finance while David works directly with patients as a Respiratory Therapist.  Between them, they have four adult children and two grandchildren.  They especially enjoy it when the grandkids come to visit them on their small farm in Stuarts Draft. With horses, goats, sheep and chickens, Kim nurtures her love for God’s beautiful and marvelous creation and enjoys sharing the joy with most anyone who wants to visit.  


    She also enjoys gardening, reading, Christian music, cooking, fellowship time with family and her extended Tabernacle family.  


    She has many favorite Bible verses, however Exodus 14:14 is one she turns to often, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

  • Stephanie Whitehill

    Stephanie Whitehill is a wife, mother, and photographer living in downtown Waynesboro, the “Tree Streets”. She and her husband, David, are passionate about maintaining an open door at their house, affectionately called the “Pink Palace” for its lovely salmon hue. Most days Stephanie can be found at home taking care of their two young, energetic boys, Sam and Miles.  


    When not managing life at the “Pink Palace”, Stephanie loves hiking in the beautiful mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley, which often feature in her professional portrait photographs. Stephanie deeply enjoys fellowship with God in creation and reflects His creative nature in the kitchen too, baking (and eating) many things, but especially breads, scones, and muffins.  Together, she and David enjoy gathering people together in their home, loving them through food and fellowship and friendship. 


    Indeed, her role in Women’s Ministry at Tab focuses on the fellowship of the saints as she actively organizes “events” to gather us together.  They joined our church family in 2017.  An introvert at heart, Stephanie knows the value of building authentic community and friendships with those that God has placed in her life. After reading The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield, she is confident that God will give her rest when she needs it, and the strength to pursue those around her in love, with open arms. 


    Matthew 25:31-40 challenges her to rethink what Biblically loving others really means.

An August Prayer

Father, may we be reminded to turn our faces to warm morning sun and remember Your Presence shining over our days.


In the hot afternoons, may we find our sweet relief in Jesus, our Redeemer...

...to sit in the Shadow of Your Wings

...to reflect on the gift of Living Water

...to rest in the Truth and Hope of Your Word


In the beauty of the summer evenings, may the Holy Spirit light up our hearts with reminders that You are the One who restores our souls day after day.

We have a high calling to glorify God and enjoy Him.

Have you ever stopped to think what that might look like in day to day life? 

Let's take the challenge to be present, reflect on the gifts of God and share them. 

Below are some ideas to try...accept the challenge and see what happens! 

Better yet, make a point to share with others what you are learning… 

  • Be Spontaneous

    Do something you loved to do as a child in summer. Share the experience with a friend or family member.   (If you are a planner, you may need to plan to be spontaneous!) 


    Sleep outside  (on your porch or deck, in your backyard, while camping…) and count the stars. Marvel at God’s handiwork. Look up and read the many scriptures that reference the stars. 


  • Use the senses that God gave you....

    Take time to appreciate whatever senses you have to enjoy the world God has created... 

    • Smell: fresh cut hay or grass, roses, rain, burgers grilling
    • Taste: ice cream, fresh berries or watermelon, BLT sandwich with a basil leaf
    • Touch: bare feet on grass, water on your toes, sun on skin, fuzz on a peach
    • Hearing: bird’s song, waves crashing, children laughing, frogs croaking
    • Sight: fireflies, the view from a hike or drive, shade from a leafy tree, fireworks
  • Summer Recipe | Fresh Tomato Sauce with Linguine

    If you have a garden simply pick a few tomatoes and basil and you will have dinner ready in minutes.

    • 1 (16 ounce) package linguini
    • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (adjust amount to preference)
    • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 cups grape tomatoes, halved
    • ½ cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
    • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
    • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • ½ -1 teaspoon salt
    Cook pasta according to package directions. Be sure to add a teaspoon or so of salt to your water once it boils!
    In a skillet, sauté garlic and crushed red pepper in hot oil over medium low heat. Add tomatoes and next four ingredients.
    Cook 3- 5 minutes while occasionally stirring. You just want to heat it all through and wilt the tomatoes and herbs.
    Toss with pasta and crown with fresh parmesan cheese! 

    Tweaks...
    Top with grilled chicken or fish   |  Add white beans for protein or a meatless meal
    Top with your favorite hot pepper sauce or blend
    Sub gluten free pasta for regular pasta
    Add leftover grilled or roasted veggies
  • Date or Family Outing

    Grab your spouse, a child, or friend and get away for a while!


    Explore together! Pack a picnic and head to a nearby (or faraway) small town. 

    Most places have parks that offer a relaxing spot in which to dine. 

    Explore unique stores, fish in a river, look for unusual sights, check out a local museum or historical spot, sample ice cream for dessert, or walk a trail. 

    Take a few pictures along the way to remember the day.

From Becky's heart...


A Message from Director of the Women's Ministry

June 29, 2021

 

Today I awoke thinking about my daughter.  Fearful thoughts?  Sad thoughts?  Thoughts of regret or things I must say to prevent regret?  No, not this time. 


Today I awoke thinking about her beauty and gentleness and strength and the ways in which she has blessed me, challenged me, driven me to our heavenly Father so many more times than I ever could have imagined and it began on Day 1, eighteen years ago, the day she was born.  On that day, I began to understand again what Paul (a man, who could never physically know this reality) said to the Church in 1 Thessalonians 2: 7-8…”But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.  So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”


Alice is 18 years old today, so obviously I am no longer a nursing mother.  Likewise, perhaps my gentleness with her and all my other adult children has taken on a different capacity for illustration, but the affectionate desire I have for my children has grown increasingly more powerful through the years as our relationship has developed.  And let me be clear…it is only by the literal and actual grace of God that I can make that statement.  “Developing relationships” infers conflict and humility and repentance and vulnerability, things which my children and I still do not like to do but know we must in order to love genuinely.


If you have children, and daughters most specifically, I pray this is your story as well.  If it is currently not your situation, I pray the Lord shows you His literal and actual mercy and grace to develop such a relationship here on this earth. 


We all long to be desired affectionately.  You know what’s more surprising…?  We are! 


God, fully and perfectly from Day 1, laid His desirous affection upon us and each day of our lives, at any moment, we can call upon Him to remind us His affections are enough for us.  What’s more, His gentleness with us remains steadfast.  We are very dear to Him.


When I begin to comprehend that this is God’s posture toward me personally and us corporately, I am moved to return the affection.  Consequently, in an effort to love God more dearly, I strive to spend more time with Him in His Word and in prayer and with the community that He dearly loves.  By His grace, my heart is growing slowly yet distinctly softer and more receptive to the love that He offers, like an unhappy, restless baby settling into the gentle, comforting embrace of her mother.  This is what the gospel of God does for us and it compels us to look further into His face, smile and declare, “You are a good, good God! Look, everyone, He is good!”  Lo and behold, we see His goodness reflected in the faces of those around us, and they become dear to us as well.


So I repeat Paul’s words to you as I consider your beauty, your gentleness, your strength, dear ladies.  I take God’s word to heart as I reflect with gratitude on the ways you bless me, challenge me and drive me to our heavenly Father:  So, being affectionately desirous of you, we [are] ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you [have] become very dear to us.


“Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!”

Women's Events

Please join us for any (or all!) of these upcoming events!

  • Friday Night Lites

    2nd Friday of each month | 7PM

    Join us for casual fellowship.  

    See the bulletin or Tab email for details as the location changes each month.

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  • Sunday Hikes

    Last Sunday of each month

    Join us for an easy hike after church for ladies who want to get out and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors together.  The bulletin/Tab email will include specific details.

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  • Ladies Retreat

    October 29-30, 2021
    Roslyn Retreat Center | Richmond

    Mark your calendars now for our
    overnight Fall retreat

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  • Gals n' Guns

    November 6, 2021 | Time TBD
    Home of Frank & Chris Root

    Back by popular demand, a fellowship event that hits the mark, Gals n’ Guns is an opportunity to learn about some basic firearms and try your hand at keeping your aim true. We will have stationary targets and throwing clays available. Afterward, we will enjoy a barbecue dinner together.

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  • Bible Study

    Tuesday Mornings | Fall

    Beginning in early Fall, our Tuesday morning Bible Study will resume with a study in the Old Testament, specifically Ezra and Nehemiah.

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  • Book Club

    Starting September 16, 2021

    Home of Anna-Lisa Kelly

    Angie Pearson will be leading a discussion of The Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness Through Abiding in Christ by Stanley Gale.  Angie has books available for purchase for $5.  Call the church office with any questions.

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