Woodlands Women’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry at Woodlands Church is a place where women can be encouraged by one another, deepen meaningful relationships with each other, serve together as we share the love of the Lord and grow together in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our goal is that through Bible studies, special events, and outreach activities, we will grow more and more into the women God intends us to become. Meet our team here.


Real + Simple Women's Conference

Saturday | Nov 4 | 8:30AM – Noon


Ladies – join us for our annual Real + Simple Conference!  Every fall we gather for a morning of worship and wisdom. A light breakfast and plenty of coffee will be provided. There is no need to sign up, and the event is free! Be sure to invite a friend!

Event Speaker - Abigail Wallace

Abigail is a Scripture-soaked speaker, writer and encourager who stands daily in need of God’s grace. Her greatest joys come from helping others strengthen their hands in God as they learn to look through their trials to his loving hand. Abigail lives with her husband and two teen-aged sons in the big woods outside of Burlington, Wisconsin. She enjoys fast walks, deep talks, chasing sunsets, and challenging the soul’s status quo.


You can find Abigail’s book Meek Not Weak: A 12-Week Guide to the Gentle Strength of Meekness at Amazon. Two of Abigail’s #boymom stories were recently published in Life in the Estrogen-Free Zone and her devotions have been featured online and in print in Everyday Joy. For more soul-strengthening resources, check out her blog at AbigailWallace.com


Dinner on the “Patio”: This event happens on a Tuesday night in August right before the ministry year kicks off. It’s a chance for you to meet other women, learn about what’s ahead for the women at Woodlands and get involved!

Fall Real & Simple Conference – the second Saturday in November: Join us for an encouraging morning of wisdom & worship on the second Saturday in November!

Aroma Cafe – the last Saturday in January: Join us for a FUN morning of laughter and hearing God stories from some of our own.



Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 AM | September 26 – March 5 | 101A&B

Bring your coffee to this early morning Bible Study called Abide by Jen Wilkin. What a sweet word. How can we hold onto assurance of our faith? How can we discern the truth from a lie? How can we know God loves us?

In three short letters, the apostle John reminds an early church facing division, deception, and doubt to hold fast to what they know and to live like they believe it. And he reminds us, as well. We will enjoy a slow walk through the letters of 1, 2, and 3, John. One week discussing and the next watching Jen Wilkin’s teaching videos. Together we will see how two thousand years later, his words call to Christians in similar challenges to recall a great salvation and to abide in the truth.

This will be a combination of in person/virtual.

When You Pray

Wednesdays 9:30 – 11 AM | September 20 – December  | Celebration Square

Prayer is a gift-an invitation to talk with God. However, prayer can also be a challenge. Join us for this exciting new video/discussion series featuring 6 different teachers. We will dig into God’s word and discover many voices who teach us how to pray.

The workbook includes access to the videos if you miss a week. Kelley Minter, Jacki Hill Perry, Jen Wilken, Jennifer Rothchild, Jada Edwards and Krisit McLelland will guide us through this series.

We meet weekly at the church from 9:30 am each Wednesday, beginning September 20th- December 13th, 2023 There will be no class Thanksgiving week.

Bible Study Fellowship
John’s Gospel: The Truth

Tuesdays 1:30 – 3 PM | September 12 – May 14

Each year, Bible Study Fellowship groups focus on a different book or section of the Bible over 30 weekly sessions. Going chapter by chapter, verse by verse, allows members to better understand the text and gain a more thorough knowledge of, and relationship with, its author — Almighty God.

In a world filled with all sorts of truth claims – even “find your own truth” – Jesus stands alone. He boldly proclaims Himself as the only source of freedom, peace, truth, meaning, sustenance, security, and everlasting life with God. Which leaves us asking: Are Jesus’s claims true? We are excited to invite you to examine Jesus’s claims for your own life in John’s Gospel: The Truth.

  • We will meet every Tuesday at 1:30pm beginning Sept 12th thru May 14th, 2024 at Woodlands Church.
  • To register go to here.
  • The lesson book can be downloaded for free or purchased for $18 (or $21.50 with shipping).
  • Any questions, contact Diana Benthein at rbenthein@yahoo.com

Women’s Serving Opportunities

SOS Team

This is a chance to serve in the Women’s Ministry as opportunities arise.

We have several events throughout the year where you are able to use your gifts to serve, if you’re available. If you like setting up, cleaning up, making food, working on decorations and so much more – this is the team for you!

You can join the team by contacting Beth Kraeger

Serving Team

The Serving Team provides desserts or baked goods for Discover Woodlands, special events or conferences and provides salads and desserts for church funerals. Serving team members may also have the opportunity to serve during these events. Contact Patty Koch pakr4@hotmail.com

With these hands

Knitting/Crocheting Service Group

This group of knitters/crocheters makes prayer shawls, lap robes, scarves, mittens, washcloths, chemo hats, etc. to be donated as needed. We’re also open to new charities and their needs. We would love to have you knit and crochet with us on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the church.

Meet our team

Beth Kraeger

Beth Kraeger


I’ve been attending Woodlands since we moved here almost 25 years ago. I served on the WM team for a couple years and have had the privilege of leading the team for the past 15 years.

Family: Married my high-school sweetheart, Dan over 40 years ago! We’ve enjoyed the ups and downs (mostly ups!) of parenting 3 children. Our first-born, Katie, is married to Eric and lives in Monona. Kinden is married to Isaac and is here in town (pinching myself about that!) and son Tyler and his wife, Callie are in Knoxville, TN. I am ‘Ama’ to Katie’s kids Ellie (6), Evan (4) and Asher (almost 2) with another little coming this spring. Also, Kinden’s kiddos Bo (3) and Kai (almost 1). 

I love being outside in any season, traveling, walking, reading, enjoying time on my porch and discovering all parts of WI on our Miata adventure days.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Sitting outside around the fire at PJ’s.

Serving on the WM team feeds a fire in my soul to work with women. This team has a heart for women and are willing to serve however the Lord leads. It’s a pleasure to work with a team to provide opportunities for women in the church to connect, have fun and further their walk with the Lord. A passion of mine has always been connecting women, especially connecting women of multi-generations. I enjoy meeting new people and helping them feel welcomed and connected.

E-mail Beth

Kinden Vazquez

Kinden Vazquez


Family: I have been married to my husband, Isaac since 2014 and we have two boys, Bo and Kai. We love camping, traveling, hiking, fishing, biking, kayaking and are always up for a good documentary!

Favorite Local Restaurant: Hilltop

I love being on the women’s ministry team because I get to work with my mom (Beth), get to know other women on the team, and be involved in creating events around church. Woodlands is large and I love being part of a team who aims to connect women and provide opportunities to meet each other and learn more about the Lord!

Brenda Nelson

Brenda Nelson


I have been attending Woodlands church for 35 years and I have been a part of the Woodland’s Women’s Ministry Team for 8 years.

Family: I have a wonderful husband, Brice, who I have been married to for 33 years. I am blessed with 3 beautiful children Brianna, Brennan and Brett. In the past 4 years I have also been blessed with a wonderful son in law Will, and two sweet and loving daughter-in-laws, Lindsey and Sabrina. I am also now a grandmother to the most perfect little boy Westin! How very blessed I am! When I am not spending time with my family I love camping, Mexican food, traveling and reading.

One of the greatest parts of being on the Women’s Ministry team is witnessing women of all ages connect and grow. I love to see friendships form over food, Bible Studies, games, or even helping set up for events. John 15: 12-13 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Amy Terpstra

Amy Terpstra


I am excited to be in my 1 st year serving on the Women’s Ministry Team.
I grew up in Port Edwards/Wisconsin Rapids, but lived in Indianapolis for 33 years. Stevens
Point became home in February of 2021. Woodlands was the first church we started attending
and officially joined in July of that year.
Family: I have been married to my husband, Steve, for almost 35 years. We love riding our
Harley, traveling, and anything nature! I love walking, baking and a good snowfall! Our son,
Adam, moved here last May from Charlotte, NC. (His working remotely has it’s perks for me!)
Indy is still home for our daughter, Kiley. Luna, our 11 year old kitty, is enjoying Wisconsin life!
Favorite Restaurant: Portesi’s in Wisconsin Rapids (PIZZA!!!)
Being active in my local church has always been a high priority. I played the keyboard weekly in
our praise band and enjoyed leading or facilitating many ministries over the years. I have a
strong desire for connections, especially for women.
I feel blessed to be able to be part of this team and the vision it has for the women of

Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott


I joined the Women’s Ministry Team 5 years ago. I was born and raised in Stevens Point WI, born again 28 years ago in San Diego CA.

Family: Happily married to Mark for 31 years. Proud mom of three sons Ethan (Sydney) Isaac (Sami Kay) and Jake. Welcomed two daughter in loves the summer of 2020, and a granddaughter, Isla Jo, in April of 2021. ❤️ I love the outdoors and see beauty in God’s creation. I especially love horses and dogs and spend much of my free time horsing around!

Love Jesus, and in times of distress I remember that He is the king of the world! So I turn my worries to my king for peace. If you like to walk and talk I’m your gal. Or I’d happily meet you for coffee if you need to connect! Looking forward in Christ!

Brianna Blakey

Brianna Blakey


This is my 5th year with Women’s Ministry.

Family: I have been married to Will since August 2016 and we just welcomed our first baby, a little boy-Westin, in March 2020! We also have a Red Lab named Stella.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Point After.

I wanted to join Women’s Ministry because I needed an outlet for some of my passions and spiritual gifts. I enjoy leading and being creative/crafting and I thought this would be a great fit!