Welcome to Women's Ministry

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

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Meet our leaders

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  • 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!

  • Cindy Jones

    Cindy and her husband, Chris, joined our church in 2019, because they loved Tabernacle’s solid Bible teaching and its passion to serve others.  They have three adult sons, Charlie, Colin and Caleb, and a daughter-in-law, Ashleigh. 


    Cindy grew up in Maine, but started her family in Chris’s home state of Connecticut.  The Jones family moved to  Stuarts Draft thirteen years ago and absolutely love the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. 


    Cindy has been a teacher for over thirty years and currently teaches fifth grade language arts, history, and Bible at Grace Christian School.  She enjoys art, reading, gardening, playing guitar, and caring for her dogs and cat.


    Sharing Christ’s love through prayer and service to others is central to Cindy’sfaith.  She finds the inspiration to step out of her comfort zone through 2 Timothy  1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, loveand self-control. “  


    She is excited to promote local and global missions through her work on the Women’s Ministry Committee.

  • Kim Richardson

    Kim and her husband, David, 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.  


    Kim and David were married in 2013. They both work full-time at UVA hospital; 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.

A Prayer for FALL

Father, thank you for the changing of seasons to get our attention and turn our hearts to You.  


Holy Spirit, as the leaves change with bright colors, may our hearts be convicted of changes needed in our lives so that You may be more brightly evident in our days. 


Jesus, thank You that You do All Things Well.  Please help us to look to You and not ourselves for value and security.  Thank You for walking with us in the valleys and setting our feet in the places where You want us.


Lead us LORD in this season, showing us the Grace that You lovingly give us, that we might be lovingly gracious to our families, our friends, and our community. 

Fall Fun...

Click each tab for some inspiration to try something new:

Be a Blessing!

  • Involve the kids in raking a neighbor’s leaves as a surprise gift.

  • Send a note each week to someone you are grateful for, letting them know how much they are appreciated.

  • Give a friend a break and watch her kids for an afternoon.  Bake a pumpkin or apple themed dessert with the kids to send home with them.

  • Serve a fall themed breakfast for dinner, including: pumpkin French toast, baked apples, pancakes with cider syrup, sausages, or egg casserole.

From Becky's heart...

A message from the Director of Women's Ministry

September 2022

Summertime, for many people, is a time of travel and this summer in particular, after a couple of years of world-wide restrictions and closures, the flood gates seemed to be opened.  I did not travel much this summer but I did make a couple of trips by train to New York City to visit my son, Will, who has recently moved into an apartment in Brooklyn. 


Train travel from the countryside into the big city is quite an experience, one which entails no small measure of commitment.  Along with many others taking advantage of rail transport along the east coast, I packed my bags strategically, making sure I included a variety of entertainment options, some productive work I could do in my seat and a little food to keep me until I reached my destination. 


I also carefully considered my wardrobe: I wanted to be comfortable, of course, but prepared for temperature fluctuations due to the strong possibility that the A/C would be working overtime; I needed to have the right shoes for walking while carrying a few bags; I definitely required something stylish that wouldn’t mark me as a country bumpkin lost and bedazzled in Midtown Manhattan when I emerged from Penn Station.


On one such trip, I traveled with a companion in business class, which is a completely different experience than traveling solo in coach. I knew who would be sitting next to me. We didn’t have to chat to get to know one another nor make that awkward transition from chatting to not chatting. I could put my earbuds in and not worry about offending anyone. I got up and moved around with less anxiety about touching somebody or having to excuse myself. I left my personal belongings in my seat if I needed to leave the car. I ate my lunch with abandon, watched my show and read my books without consideration of those around me. Loud conversations and crying babies would not have interrupted my efforts to read or nap, if that was my preference.


The long trip was pleasant and uneventful. Eventually, I became vaguely aware that the train had stopped. While it is common for a train to stop many times on a long trip, taking on new passengers and depositing those whose next adventure awaits them beyond the rails, this stop was different. Life on the train continued without transitional activity. 


All the passengers were settled in expecting, waiting, hoping to be moving towards their destination. Some had deadlines to make, perhaps. Others had loved ones planning to pick them up at the station. I expect some were returning home after having been away, ready to shed the travel clothes and get comfortable again. Maybe they were tired and hungry. 


The conductor’s voice came apologetically over the loudspeaker, “We’re sorry for the delay, folks. There’s a utility vehicle on the tracks ahead and we’re awaiting clearance before we continue. They’re not responding to our requests for permission to pass but as soon as we hear back from them, we’ll update you. Until then, we need to sit tight.”


The announcement shook me out of my self-centered, self-preserving lull of comfort and pleasure for a moment and penetrated my heart with a deeper spiritual awareness than I was personally capable of making at that time. I believe the Lord was getting my attention, asking me to assess my heart and take stock of my reality: I am blind and deaf and asleep, most of the time, to the wonderful, terrible spiritual battles going on around me, comfortably riding down the rails oblivious the opportunities around me to proclaim the gospel and actually participate in Kingdom life, wherever He takes me. 


Compare and contrast this to the life of Paul as the Book of Acts lays it out for us, specifically in Chapter 16: Paul and Timothy traveled together from region to region, sometimes forbidden and prevented by the Spirit to speak the word to people there, but always looking for permission, approval to proclaim the gospel, the very thing they delighted to do. 


Finally, God gave them clearance and they settled for some days in Philippi and began speaking to strangers, the first mentioned by name being a woman named Lydia, a business woman and a worshipper of God who listened, believed and was baptized. Then they met a slave girl and their interaction with her eventually landed them in prison, where real Kingdom work of gospel proclamation went forth in ways you and I and no other person could possibly have orchestrated. Paul and Timothy were not on a pleasure ride to the big city but yet his letters indicate nothing less than joy and fullness of pleasure in abiding in the life their Savior called them to.


I’d like to say my moment of awareness provoked me to share the gospel with a stranger on that train and somebody else’s life was dramatically changed by the word of God. That is not the story I have to tell this time, but I know the Spirit will give me clearance another time and I pray I will be alert and ready to respond obediently and joyfully when the time comes.  


In the meantime, I am grateful for the transforming work of the word in my heart and I pray you also find fulness of joy in your life with Jesus, no matter where your train travels and who your traveling companions happen to be.

Resources

The following resources have been an encouragement to women in our church.  If you have books, Bible studies, podcasts, or other resources to recommend, contact the  Address Card  Tab Women's Ministry.

  • Gospel-Centered Hope to Fulfill Your God-Given Design

  • Risen Motherhood

    by Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler

  • Mama Bear Apologetics

    by Hillary Morgan Ferrer

  • Instruments in the redeemer's hands

    by Paul David Tripp

    bookmark Available to borrow from church

  • Is it my fault?

    by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

  • Is it Abuse?

    by Darby Strickland