The Women’s ministry at Grace church exists: To help women establish Godly relationships with other women, that will encourage and equip them to live for God’s glory. To pass on to the next generation the biblical and covenantal principals of womanhood. To strengthen the women of Grace in their love of and service to Jesus Christ and His church. We do this, by God’s grace through bible study, prayer, and fellowship events. A key verse for our Women’s ministry is Acts 2:42 “and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and the prayers.”
Women’s Bible Study
An important part of Women’s Ministry at Grace Church is the weekly Bible study. We are blessed with an abundance of women who have taught such studies over the years, including Chris Crist, Julie Yoho, and Theresa Dodson.
This year, Chris Crist and Julie Yoho are co-teaching a 25-week study based on Rev. Dr. Tim Keller’s book, “Living in a Pluralistic Society”.
The study meets Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the sanctuary to permit social distancing. Zoom is also be available for those who want to take the class but are unable or uncomfortable with in-person meetings. Many attend via Zoom, including a participant from Fort Worth, Texas.
Chris Crist has taught women’s Bible studies for more than 30 years, both at Grace Church and in 2004-2005 at a PCA church in San Francisco, where the women attending named themselves the Covenant Sisters. Chris has a BA from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and has taken masters degree classes from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Chris has also led women’s retreats or discussions at sister churches in the Ohio Presbytery – Harvest PCA in Medina and Veto PCA in Vincent. Chris and her husband Paul have three children and eight grandchildren.
Julie Yoho and her husband, David, recently returned to Northeast Ohio. They previously lived in Lubbock, Texas, Wheaton, Illinois, Portland, Oregon and Napa, California. Julie has a B.F.A. from the University of Akron and studied Bible and Theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Julie led her first Bible study in 1980 and went on to be involved in writing and leading studies and women’s ministries at The Chapel in Akron and College Church in Wheaton, as well as other churches they have attended. Julie has been involved in short-term missions as a single and married woman and with her family in Europe, South America and Russia. Two of the greatest joys of her life are her grandson, Archie, and helping women discover the joy of the Gospel.
Grace PCA has periodically hosted a number of women’s retreats, drawing attendance from sister PCA churches as well, and plans for a Presbytery-wide retreat in 2021 are underway. Among those who have spoken at our women’s retreats are Elyse Fitzpatrick (https://www.elysefitzpatrick.com/), and Valerie Shepard. Elyse holds a masters degree in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She is a retreat and conference speaker, head of Women Helping Women Ministries, and a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors. Valerie is the daughter of Jim Elliot, noted Christian missionary and martyr, and his wife Elisabeth Elliot, also a renowned missionary and author.
Women’s Prayer Circle
The women’s prayer circle meets the first Monday of each month both in person at the church and remotely over Zoom.