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Women’s Bible Study Leaders

9:30am to 11:30am each Tuesday, September 19th - November 7th, 2023

Morning Leaders

Cynthia Westphal

My motto is, “Wow, God! What are you going to do next?” He has done amazingly, more in my life than I could ask or imagine. Sharing this Jesus adventure with others is the joy of my life. I spent 17 years in ministry to children as a Foursquare children’s pastor and 14 years as a school teacher. Now I love the adventure of sharing Jesus and His Word with grown-up women. I share life with Brad, my husband of 40 years and son, daughter-in-law, 5-year-old grandson, and one more boy on the way. I still imagine myself as a sports nut, skier, hiker, golfer, and outside adventurer. Welcome to Westside women’s ministry.

Kris White

Kris White, Women's Bible Study Leader

Wendy Gorrell

I have been married to my husband, Clark, for 35 years – he’s the one who introduced me to Jesus – so even though he drives me crazy at times, he’s a keeper. Our dog, Oscar, is the best dog in the whole wide world – and yes, I realize those are fightin’ words here in Bend, OR. I love Women’s’ Bible Study because I love encouraging and being encouraged by other women.

Gayle Stone

You in our Bible studies are a precious second family to me, in connections and in walking out our faith.  A Christian since 15, I’m continually humbled and excited by how much more there is to knowing God.  I’m learning how to help raise boys for a change, as Jim and I have 2 daughters who’ve blessed us with 4 of them, 9 months, 3, 6, and 9. I thrive on activities: with my dog, climbing, hiking, yoga…this is where I often encounter God most vividly. I love creating art, reading books of many genres, and taking random classes to learn something new. Looking forward to this year with you!

Susan Watkins

Hi Ladies! My wonderful husband Dave and I have shared 52 years of marriage. Our 3 boys have brought joy to our lives and have gifted us with beautiful grandchildren. We feel so blessed !!

I spent many years in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  Jesus has been my constant companion and for over 50 years, I have found joy in serving Him and loving His people.  I love travel, photography, and golfing.  Looking forward to meeting you.

Karen Wright

Karen Wright, Women's Bible Study LeaderMy name is Karen Wright, married for 40 years with two grown children and two beautiful grandsons. I started a business as a Designer/General Contractor 13 years ago in the Willamette Valley.  Currently, I am working my way into full retirement.   I enjoy my yard, my many hobbies, the outdoors, my two adorable Australian Labradoodles, and many wonderful relationships.  My faith in Jesus Christ is so important to me and has been my anchor through the years.  Life has been full of triumph and trial, of which I am grateful for both.

Lois Richardson

Hello Ladies, My name is Lois Richardson. I have been married to my husband Ron for 40 years. We have 4 amazing adult children and 5 wonderful grandchildren. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, crafting, and traveling. Jesus is my joy, peace, and happiness. I am looking forward to hearing and learning what God has for us through this year’s women’s bible study.

Teri Burns

Teri Burns, Women's Bible Study LeaderI have lived in Bend (off and on) for about 5 years.  My husband, Rob, and I still split our time between Bend and Southern California. We are hoping to fully retire this next year and make Bend our more permanent home. I have been married to my sweet husband for 36 years and blessed to be a mom of 4 (no grandkids yet, but we keep praying there will be some in the future). I love everything outdoors – especially camping, swimming, hiking, biking, and paddle boarding.  Rob and I love to cook, entertain, travel, and volunteer (both domestically and abroad).  I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at church camp when I was 13 and never looked back.  I so enjoy growing in my faith and learning more and more about our awesome GOD.

Heather Salvesen

I am so delighted and honored to link hearts and arms once again with my dear friend Jen to co-lead Womens Bible study!!! I grew up both in Bend and at Westside church and have been married for 15 years with 3 amazing kiddos, ages 12, 7, and 4! I love helping out with worship, volunteering at my kiddos school and recreating in our beautiful city. It’s a privilege of epic proportions to pray, laugh, cry, share, and muddle through all the grit and glory of faith and marriage and motherhood with the ladies in Women’s Bible Study!!! I can’t wait!!!

Jenn Montoya

Jenn Montoya, Women's Bible Study Leader at Westside ChurchI’m so excited to continue co-leading women’s bible study! My name is Jenn and my husband Matt and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary and have two boys, a high schooler and a middle schooler. Outside of bible study, I am an interior/architectural photographer and love to hike and be out in nature with our family and our beagle, Scout. Spending time in God’s word grounds me and keeps me focused on what matters most! 

Sue Blake

I’ve been married to Ken for 51 years!  We have two amazing kids, who have both been married for 17 years.  They have blessed us with 4 Beautiful Grandchildren.  I received Jesus as my Savior 57 years ago and still find something new every morning. I love being on the golf course and helping with my two Grandsons here in Bend.  Women’s Bible Study is such a precious time to study God’s Word together.

Liz Ewe

My husband Edward and I moved to Bend about three years ago and we enjoy exploring all the trails and lakes Oregon has to offer. We have two boys and I am currently a stay at home mom. I love coming to Bible Study, meeting new people and learning from my sisters as we study together. I’m looking forward to taking a closer look at the book of Ruth this fall!

Kathy Dolyniuk

My name is Kathy Dolyniuk, married to John for 57 years and am a mom to 3 adult children and their spouses, a grandmother to 2 adult children (plus one in heaven), and great-grandmother to 5 ranging in age from 17 years old to 7 months old. I have been a friend of Jesus since 1975 and have a background in inner healing prayer ministry and missionary work. I enjoy working with younger generations of women to help them grow in their relationships with our Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amy Bohokian

G’day Gorgeous Gals of God! My name is Amy Bohokian, but at home, I’m known as Mama! I’m blessed to spend my days adventuring in the mountains with my sweet toddler, my border collie, and my amazing husband!

I’m the creator of some wonderfully adventurous children’s books and working on getting them out into the world for families to enjoy. 

I’m originally from Australia but feel so blessed to call Bend home. I love this community and love Women’s Ministry- and can’t wait to study the Word with you all and get to share in the wonders of our amazing Creator together!

Candace Nystrom

Welcome to our Women’s Ministry. I am honored to serve you! Leading Women’s Ministry is the one of the absolute greatest joys of my life and my hope is that you come to know Jesus in such away that your heart is forever intwined with His. You are all deeply loved daughters of the one true King. May you be reminded of that truth and get a glimpse of His love for you every week at our bible study gatherings. I am in my first year as an empty nester! My 2 daughters are in college and my husband of 26 years and I are having fun exploring the hobbies we put on hold while raising our kids.

Linda Greiner

Hello, my name is Linda Greiner, married to Dave for 45 years, a mom to two adult children living in Bend, and nana to four (number five on the way). You’ll find me in the outdoors most days if commitments don’t keep me home. I love Jesus, love hearing about ‘Jesus relationships”; and hearing how Jesus meets my sisters in Christ in unbelievable ways, and in unexpected places.

Justine Hodges

I moved to Bend from upstate NY in 2010. About a year later I met the Lord while working as a wilderness therapy field guide, and over the last decade, I’ve been discovering who God is, and what that means for me as His child.  My husband Cody and I have 3 kids between us from 9 months to 10 years, and we love loading up the fam on our e-bikes for rides around town.  I’m more of an introvert so when I’m not doing family stuff or working as a hospice nurse, I zone out with some art or a solo hike.

Ashlen Franco

I’m really looking forward to all God has in store for us during this fall Bible study session. I am a wife and also a mom, and my husband and I have the honor of leading the bilingual congregation here at Westside. What makes me most excited is seeing people transformed by the love of God in their lives. Good views and laughs are just a few of my favorite things!

6:30pm to 8:30pm each Wednesday, September 20th - November 8th, 2023

Evening Leaders

Shawnee Hammer

Hi ladies! I am so excited to meet you all. I love Jesus, people and the outdoors, oh and wine. I grew up in Salem, OR. After high school I moved O’ahu, Hawaii and spent 20 glorious years there. My family and I moved to Bend in 2017. My husband and I have served marriages for many years. I’ve served with Westside women previously and I’m thrilled to be back.

Denise Miller

I have been a faithful follower of Jesus Christ for most of my adult life.  I have been attending Westside regularly since 2010. My faith and understanding of Jesus and His love for us has grown exponentially through classes such as Cleansing Streams and MTI that were offered at Westside. I love to volunteer and I am so grateful to be part of the First Impressions Team. I am honored to call Westside my family and my home.

Jean Thorson

I moved to Bend in 2021 with my husband Eric after 20 years of patiently waiting. I was raised Catholic and discovered the meaning of a personal relationship with Jesus after attending bible study with my mother-in-law. I have gained wisdom by leaning on my Heavenly Father’s words and listening to faithful women who have walked in the peaks and valleys before me.  I believe in the importance of community. We were created to experience life together in worship, the study of His Word, and prayer. 

I am the FCA Area Director in Bend. When I’m not alongside the playing fields supporting our local school sports, I train women in the fitness gym, walk my two pups, and hit golf balls with Eric.  

Favorite Scripture: James 1:12

Bex Harris

My name is Bex (short for Rebecca). I am originally from Florida and moved to Bend 5 years ago with my husband Ben. When I’m not working, you’ll find me climbing, cooking, or attending Orange Theory classes. I love all things spa and beauty. I look forward to getting to know you while also getting to learn more about Jesus. Fun fact, my favorite color is orange…go figure (Florida). I once wore orange every day for a year as a New Year’s Resolution.

Pattie Apregan

I live near Sisters and am a wife to Craig and mom to two wonderful adult children. 

While my body is aging, my heart continues to marvel at the incredible redeeming love of God through the sending of his only son, Jesus Christ into our midst.  The study of God’s persistent pursuit of us through the ages in the words of the Bible never gets old!  I love sharing fellowship with others who also marvel at the daily grace he bestows on us. Through his grace, I also get to enjoy gardening, travel, baking, needle arts, and ministering to the young children of our church.

Gail Gumpert

I have been here at Westside since 1990- Jesus met me here and has helped me grow and learn. I was on staff as a part of the Kids’ ministry team – so I love my church- I love families and meeting new people all the time!! And I like to walk- hike- read and do Pilates!! Can’t wait to meet you!!!

Maria Whitrock

I’m Maria, a wife to Steve for 38 years and a mom to 2 adult children and 1 son-in-love.  I am a grandma-want-to-be!  I have a social work background and a heart for the marginalized.  I’ve been a follower of Jesus for 45 years.  I love to study God’s Word, write, hike, kayak, and volunteer.

Carla Grinuck-Wood

I’m Carla. I love Jesus and have since I was a young girl. I pray each day to be what He wants me to be. I have lived in Bend for 32 years. Right now I am blessed to have both of my sons, my daughter-in-law and grandson all living in Bend as well. I love all summer activities: hiking, biking, kayaking, sun and I tolerate the other seasons until the next summer. I am a nurse practitioner who gets to work with beautiful kids and their families.

Robin Sheets

Being single with no kids has given me plenty of time to volunteer as a CASA, with New Each Morning and Council on Aging. I’m always eager for the spiritual challenge and opportunity that WBS provides. Being able to participate with the women of Westside is a privilege.

Lori Parodi

I have a really fun husband, 2 funny daughters, and 5 grandchildren.  I love Jesus, all horses, and all dogs. The whole family spends a lot of time at local At-Risk Youth Ranches with the children and rescued horses…working, riding, and playing! Looking forward to our time together!