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Linda Lesniewski   Women's Minister
Amanda Thornton   Young Women's Minister
Mavita Markle   Women's Assistant
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GABC Women can find a safe place at Green Acres to grow in their relationship with God, to serve with joy, to find answers to the challenges of life, and to develop life-long friendships. SHE is a dimension of GABC Women that provides opportunities tailored to women forty and younger. Email, call, Facebook, or stop by the Women’s Office for a personal visit to learn more!

Linda Lesniewski
Linda Lesniewski
Women's Minister

Linda has served as Women’s Minister at GABC for 20 year. She has authored A Little Book about Knowing a Big God for children; Women at the Cross and Connecting Women: A Guide for Leaders in Women’s Ministry, by Revell; as well as His Story My Story, a digital download available from LifeWay. Linda and her husband of 42 years are the parents of four young adults and grandparents of six granddaughters.

Sunday Evenings
A Pocket Guide to Christian History
10 Weeks
Begins January 11


From Apostles to Emergent—The Story of the Church This study shows how God rules his Church and conquers the world by his Spirit and Word. Join Carol Ivey for a rich overview of God at work in building and strengthening His church from its earliest days in the book of Acts all the way up to today. A Pocket Guide to Christian History by Kevin O’Donnell, 10 weeks. Lighthouse, 5:30 p.m.

Working Women Options
Joshua Code
6 Weeks
Begins January 14
Wednesday Downtown Lunch Bunch For women who work near downtown Tyler, Wednesday Downtown Lunch Bunch will begin meeting at Jake’s on the Square using the study Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Christian Should Know by Dr. O.S. Hawkins. Donna Shay begins a six-week series on Wednesday, January 14, but don’t worry if you’ve missed a week or two, every lesson is self-contained providing the ‘drop in’ format necessary for working ladies! Jakes provides a gourmet buffet lunch for $10.
Begins January 29
WWWdot S.H.E. Ministry (Women age 20-40) will be launching "WWWdot" in 2015. Working Women Will. Believe. Pray. Connect. Grow. A new group specifically designed for young women professionals under the age of 40 who are looking to “plug into God’s network” through faith, prayer and growth. To connect, please visit our website at or text the word WWWdot to the number 77948 to receive text alerts and updates sent directly to your phone. The launch of WWWdot will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the GABC Galilee Room.
Power of Prayer
Begins February 4
Power of Prayer Beginning Wednesday, February 4 at 6:05 p.m. WWWdot will begin Dr. Tony Evans’ “Power of Prayer” Sermons (45-50 minutes each) for FOUR Wednesdays. This study provides scriptural insight to what prayer really is—a conversation with God. Don’t worry, this group does not require any homework or workbook. Outlines are provided. Contact Amanda Thornton for more info. The group will meet in the Martha room across the hall from the worship center. Come, take your heels off and enjoy connections with other young professionals! Kids are welcome to attend Kidz Praise and aftercare.

Tuesday Mornings
beginning February 3
7 Weeks


Hebrews...the Nearness of King Lisa Harper makes this 7-week study fun and doable without losing an ounce of depth. Hebrews was a sermon for a specific people and culture in the midst of martyrdom and persecution, but is also relevant today reminding us to continue walking toward Jesus regardless of our culture or our circumstances. Registration ends February 2, 2015.
Children of the Day
10 Weeks


Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians A 10-week study by Beth Moore and will teach you how to let go of past mistakes and to discover that your circumstances are not coincidental. Whether you're facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, you'll come away encouraged that even though it may not feel that way, you are exactly where Christ wants you to be! Registration ends February 2, 2015.
The Family of Jesus
7 Weeks


The Family of Jesus A 7-week study by Karen Kingsbury offers a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus: Joseph, Zechariah, John the Baptist, Elizabeth, James, and Mary. These characters, all anchored by Scriptural truth, create a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible. Registration ends February 2, 2015.
Ever After
6 Weeks
Workbook, DVD


Ever After...Life Lessons Learned in my Castle of Chaos Family/Marriage/Faith by Vicki Courtney. Most women grow up on a steady diet of fairy tales and chick flicks creating a sugarcoated version of reality. The truth is marriage and motherhood are hard. Vicki addresses these challenges through mistakes made and lessons learned. Most of all, she reflects the hope that Christ meets us wherever we are and is the answer to the happily-ever-after we long for. Registration ends February 2, 2015.
Untangling Relationships
13 Weeks


Untangling Relationships by Springle/Lanford examine a Christian perspective on the painful effects of codependency, the compulsion to help everyone, and fix everything as you discover, and learn how to break free of these destructive patterns. This strength group will be facilitated by Christy McMurray and will be accompanied by a 13-week study. Registration ends February 2, 2015.
The Beautitudes for Widows
10 Weeks
The Beatitudes for Widows by Nancy Horton. Be encouraged by sharing the journey of learning biblically healthy ways of addressing this new season of life. Registration ends February 2, 2015.
Walking in Power, Love & Discipline
13 Weeks


Walking In Power, Love, & Discipline: 1 & 2 Timothy/Titus Precepts study taught by Wana Crouch. Paul, entrusted with the proclamation of the Word, passed the baton to his true children in the faith, Timothy and Titus, who would then in turn entrust God's truths to faithful men. So what responsibility do you have? How does your life stack up? Registration ends February 2, 2015.
Pulling Back the Shades
6 Weeks
Begins April 1
Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart HeartFriends for Young Moms will cover this book by Gresh & Dr. Juli Slattery. Women have legitimate longings that the church has been afraid to talk about and that books like Fifty Shades of Grey exploit. Solid Biblical teaching and transparent stories provide an unflinching look at the most personal questions women ask. This study is designed for young moms with children of preschool to elementary age. Mentor connection opportunities offered throughout the study. Registration begins March 4, 2015.


Visit online registration, email us, or call the Women’s Ministry office at 903-525-1141 to register.


Childcare reservations for Tuesday Mornings must be made online or the Children’s Atrium Welcome Desk. Deadline, Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Learn how you can be a part of any of these groups. Contact the Women's Ministry.

The Downtown Lunch Bunch

Approximately sixty percent of the Green Acres women are Marketplace Christian Women with diverse needs, so we offer user-friendly opportunities for spiritual nourishment on-the-run! Take advantage of, Sunday evening small groups, and the Wednesday Lunch Bunch at Jakes on the Square.

Para ti, mujer Annual Hispanic Women's Conference

Join hundreds of Spanish speaking women in a time of Bible study, leadership development and mentoring.

Domestic Violence

Keeping the Faith, Questions Christian Women Ask About Domestic Violence available at no cost in the Women’s Restrooms in the Worship Center Foyer.

Husbands Addicted to Porn

Free booklets, When Your Husband is Addicted to Porn are available in the Worship Center Restrooms. Learn more about confidential small group book studies for women by calling the Women’s Office.

Job Training

Christian Women's Job Corps (CWJC) combines life and job skills classroom instruction with mentoring to assist women in moving from dependency to self-sufficiency and employability.

Email Group

Ministry in Motion Informs women by email when a ministry opportunity develops. Women can pray or respond as they feel led.


Visit to learn more about theological classes designed for the life-long Christian learner.

Learn how you can be a part of any of these groups. Contact the Women's Ministry.

New Member Shepherding

This group organizes teams of women to welcome new members through personal contact, notes and phone calls to acquaint them with their new church family.

Caring Hands

Meets the first Thursday of every month, producing creative products for needs throughout the community.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

MOPS is a place of rest, instruction, support, and encouragement for mothers of infants through kindergarten age children. It offers a place to discover biblical principles relevant to your season of life, where women can make new friends, share experiences, laugh together, and express their creativity. Join us as we support one another in that all-important task of motherhood.

Mother/Daughter/Grandmother Mission Trips

Make a memory and touch someone’s life through a Mother/Daughter outreach each summer—for daughters age ten and over!

Kenyan Girls

A ministry seeking sponsorships for young girls fleeing FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) through monthly donations. Learn how you can be a part of this developing outreach by calling the Women’s Office.

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you, in a dry
and parched land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1
Learn more at

SHE Fellowships
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
SHE Date Night

SHE Disciples
Bible Studies

SHE Mentors

SHE Connects
Social Media Links

SHE Prays United
SHE Prays Info
Prayer Info Monday Blast

The SHE Ministry seeks to encourage young women ages 20-40 to "Seek Him Earnestly" (Psalm 63:1) through discipleship, worship, prayer and daily living. SHE creates a place for young women to discover and share their voice, grow in Christ, and build relationships with other women.SHE also provides an opportunity for young women to grow in their relationship with the Lord and the body of Christ through the study of God's Word.

Events Calendar

The S·H·E Excuse
Think your prayers are a huge waste of time? Well, that's all about to change! "The Power of Prayer" series by Pastor Tony Evans, one Friday a month at a SHE Girl's home.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Stay Connected with SHE
Get updates and alerts sent straight to your phone by texting SHE1 to 77948.


Amanda Thornton
Amanda Thornton
Young Women's Minister

Amanda Thornton is the Young Women's Minister and leads the S.H.E. women’s ministry, encouraging young women age 20-40 to “Seek Him Earnestly” (Psalm 63:1) through discipleship, worship, prayer and daily living. She has a master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in Interdisciplinary Studies—Psychology, Speech Communication and Criminal Justice and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana. She helped design and co-author a work-in-progress, "Stepping Stones—God’s Unfolding Plan of Salvation: A Chronological Bible Study Course for Diverse Groups." Amanda has served as executive director of two Christian Women’s Job Corps sites: CWJC Tyler and a second site during her time in Mississippi of which, under her leadership, was selected for the National Site Award. She has been recognized by the United States President's office for giving over 1,000 hours of volunteer service to outreach missions in Northeast Mississippi and was also selected by Mississippi State University as Outstanding Community Woman in 2012. She and her meteorologist husband, Robert Thornton, recently returned to the Tyler area from Mississippi with their two preschoolers, Caralise and Caleb.

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