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 Spring

LORD, thank you for the way that Springs points to the new life made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus.  Thank you that His death was not the end of the story, but He was victorious over death that we may have new life and new mercies every morning.


Father, when the weather is up and down from one day to the next, we are thankful that You are steadfast and unchanging both now and forever.


Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with hope and motivation to walk in Your ways as we step out into the Spring sunshine.  


Lord Jesus, help us to trust You in this season.

Spring things...

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Strawberry and Asparagus Salad


This light and refreshing salad comes together quickly and combines some of spring’s best flavors! A colorful addition to any Easter menu as well


Dressing:

 ¼ cup lemon juice

2 Tablespoons oil

2 Tablespoons honey


Salad:

2 cups fresh asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced


Directions:

Combine lemon juice, oil, and honey.

Steam asparagus till just tender. Rinse in cold water to stop cooking.

Toss all ingredients.

Enjoy!

From Becky's heart...

A message from the Director of Women's Ministry

April 2022

Like many of you, I am eager for early signs of spring when they finally roll around. Just a few weeks ago, we experienced a few of those pleasant early spring days and I enthusiastically ventured out to the garden to clean up a few things left over from the fall’s harvest season. The sun warmed my skin. The bee hives were a busy scene of activity. The birds seemed to be doing their own set of Friday chores, preparing for the weekend. It started off sweet and quiet and peaceful - farm life in the spring time just as you might imagine.


As I worked pulling out tomato cages, raking up dead vines and clearing spent asparagus foliage, I paid little attention to the activity in the barn. The shepherd of the sheep had begun his feeding chores, which customarily sets off a round of bleating followed by some clanging of gate chains and banging of buckets before there settles a satisfied hush while all the flock fill their bellies with fresh hay and corn. I continued my work, eventually breaking a sweat with the shovel as I dug into some pesky weeds. A few moments later, I realized the shepherd was also still at work. He had closed some doors to the barn and the quiet sheep began a restless stir. Before long, a raucous noise rose up from the ranks. This was weaning day!


This is how it works: the shepherd entices the lambs into their feed room and closes them in. He opens a gate and gently herds the mama sheep out of their pen into a new and luxuriously clean pen, away from their hungry lambs. He closes the gate behind them. There they remain for the next 24 hours or more without food or water in order to dry up their milk supply. 


Meanwhile, the shepherd opens the barn door allowing the lambs to return to the pasture and water trough they are accustomed to. In a matter of minutes, the babies discover their mamas’ absence. Wails of grief and anguish begin, the mama ewes answering from the other side of the barn. Throughout the day, the weaning lambs search and plead for their mamas, running around frantically as a group within their fences trying desperately to see beyond their field of vision, complaining when they don’t get what they want. 


Occasionally, they will stop and nervously eat some grass or grow tired and lay down, but the bleating never ceases. Into the evening and well into the next day, the sheep cry out. Compassionate and caring, the shepherd keeps an eye on everyone, returning to check the ewes in the evening to make sure they’re recovering. After a few days of stress and anxiety, everyone settles into their new reality. Farm life resumes its quiet routine.


There are a few biblical messages in this strange farm scene:

  • It is okay to cry out to the Lord | Psalm 147:5 and Proverbs 18:2

  • The Shepherd hears our cries and responds with compassion | Exodus 6:5 and Luke 7:13

  • The Shepherd feeds His flock and tenderly attends to our physical needs as well as our spiritual needs | Mark 8:1-10 and John 6:25

  • The Shepherd’s boundaries for us are good and worthy of our respectful obedience | Exodus 20:7

  • We are not able to see clearly, especially in times of suffering, but the Shepherd is always present | Romans 8:18-30

  • Our understanding is limited because we are not God, but God desires to comfort us and transform us by revealing Himself to us | Psalm 147:5 and Proverbs 18:2

I pray this season awakens your heart anew to the beauty of God’s redemptive plan, including the past, present and future grace offered to us from our Father, through the Son and with the Holy Spirit.

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

  • Habits of Grace

    by David Mathis

    bookmark Available to borrow from church

  • Is it my fault?

    by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

  • The covenantal life

    by Sarah Ivill

    bookmark Available to borrow from church

  • Is it Abuse?

    by Darby Strickland

  • Instruments in the redeemer's hands

    by Paul David Tripp

    bookmark Available to borrow from church