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Women’s Bible Study Leaders

9:30am to 11:30am each Tuesday, April 9-May 14, 2024

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 LeaderI have lived in Bend for 23 years with my husband and have one daughter still at home with us. We have attended Westside Church since 2002. I work full-time for The Giving Plate and have loved being able to show the love of God to our community. I enjoy Bible Study because it offers ways to look at and discuss scripture in a different light and from different perspectives. There is always something new to learn!

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!

Amy Graham

Amy Graham, Women's Bible Study LeaderI am excited to co-lead Women’s Bible Study! I have been married to my husband John for 34 years. We have three adult children and one beautiful granddaughter. Our family had the joy of living all over the world: New York, Amsterdam, Toronto, SoCal, Portland, and now Bend for almost five years. We are finally home! 

I feel blessed to have known Jesus since I was fourteen years old. Everyday, I am humbled by the love He has for us! I am a work in progress and continually growing in my faith. I look forward to studying the Bible and connecting with all of you!

Karen Wright

Karen Wright, Women's Bible Study Leader

Hello ladies! As I wrestle with the right words to express to you my life and who I am, the main thought that comes to mind is “The faithfulness of God through all the chapters of life”……Through every chapter of life, my precious Jesus has been right there beside me. My relationship with Jesus Christ has been my strength, balance, anchor, and steadfastness through every trial and every victory. Each chapter has brought pain and rejoicing; as it has for all of us. The beauty of this walk is that we never stop growing or learning! In this chapter of my life, I am semi-retired from a career that was God-given, a Mimi to my two beautiful grandsons, a mom to my two amazing adult children, a wife to my husband Peter of 42 years, (he is truly a rock), Auntie to my beloved nieces, nephews and siblings, and most of all a dog mom to my sweet Australian Labs Sam and Bo. Hobbies I love are piano, knitting, sewing, drawing, hiking and running in this beautiful area, canning and baking special breads. I so look forward to meeting you and learning your chapters! May you feel warm, welcomed, and invited.

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!

Jessica Brown

Jessica BrownI am so excited to connect with you! I moved to Bend from Northern California and I love it here! I am a newly remarried widow and I’m loving the opportunity to be a mom again to two little ones. Life is wildly unpredictable but the one thing that never changes or waivers is the love the Lord has for us! I’m looking forward to sharing and connecting on a deeper level in our Bible study!

Nancy Hackbarth

Nancy Hackbarth

I am privileged to be able to share and encourage other women with their lives as they walk out their faith journey! Faith, Family, and Fun would probably capture most of what I am about… Now semi-retired I have more time for all. Having been married almost 44 years, with kids and 8 grandchildren, I would like to say that I have learned a bit along the way–hopefully wisdom, but mostly encouragement to share, having walked through many of life’s ups and downs. I love my current “job” working as a part-time admin for Young Life. I still have time to enjoy the outdoors- skiing, biking, pickleball, and travel! I look forward to walking alongside other women as we walk out our faith together!

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!

Dani Nichols

Dani NicholsI’m so excited and honored to lead women’s Bible Study this session. I’m a wife and an adoptive mom to three kids (8, 6, and almost 2), and have been married for 15 years to my husband, Adam. I’m passionate about building relationships and growing in our faith together – this study will be wonderful. When I’m not with my kids, I work as a writer and a horsemanship instructor. I love the outdoors, good coffee, good wine, and good books, I laugh easily and always cook too much food. I can’t wait to meet you!

6:15pm to 8:30pm each Wednesday, April 10-May 15, 2024

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!