Meet Our Deaconesses 

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Linda Van Natta 

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Jamie Hodge

Linda started attending Grace Church in January 2000. Apart from serving as the

deaconess chair, Linda is on the worship team, serves in the nursery, and is an Awana Leader as well as serving in VBS. 

Jamie started attending Grace in 2005 at the age of 18 with her high school sweetheart, Jacob, and his family. They grew in their relationship with the Lord and each other at Grace. They have 4 boys: Jason, Luke, Wesley, Nathan, and they are

excited every week to get to church and help in any way they can! Her favorite part

about Grace is how much it feels like family from the moment you walk in. Sunday

mornings are refreshing filled with transformative teaching and a better understanding of our relationship with Jesus as his children. 

She’s really enjoyed getting to know the women of the church a little deeper through fun events and different types of worship and is excited to see how the Lord leads growth within the walls of Grace and beyond. Her favorite Bible verse is:

Matthew 6:34 is “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. ... Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

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Carolyn Kraus

Carolyn began attending Grace in 2001. She has helped with wayfarer meals, was in the choir and has served as a deaconess in the church for the past 2 years. Carolyn regularly takes photos for the ladies events and VBS. She loves to read, quilt and keep up with her three dogs.

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Ruth Stuart

Ruth has been attending GEC since she was a small child. Her parents, Joe & Louise Gabler, were founding members of the church. Ruth is married to Kurt Stuart, they have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  Over the years Ruth has served in Awana, VBS, As a Sunday School teacher, children’s church, Nursery chairman, fellowship chairman, deaconess, and choir. Ruth attends our adult Sunday School and participates in the women’s Bible Study

Fellowship. Her favorite verse is Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”

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Cathy Stellman 

Cathy has been attending Grace Evangelical Church, for 20 years, with her husband Tom. She has been blessed to be a deaconess for two terms. Some experiences in the church that bring her joy include volunteering in children’s church, hearing the preschoolers pray and being able to help plan get-togethers for the ladies of the church. She loves Grace church because it is so down-to-earth and accepting of all, just like Jesus. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This church family has provided a strong foundation of faith and support during all seasons of life and she hopes to do the same for others while serving as a deaconess. 

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Marcia Gherig

Marcia is married to Mike and they have 2 adult children Eddie, and Rhiannon. They began attending Grace church in 2000. Her favorite thing about Grace is the teaching and Pastors support over the years. Her favorite verse is “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

Psalms 143:8 NIV