About Us

Grand Canyon Women of the ELCA is a partner organization of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Our geographic area includes the southwest corner of the United States including all of Arizona, the southern area of Nevada, including Las Vegas and also St. George, Utah. The Grand Canyon Synod is proud to include one of the great wonders of the world, the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park. The beautiful and bountiful Colorado River runs deep through the territories, bringing life giving waters to the Sonoran Desert. Demographics include big cities (Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson), as well as small rural ranch towns. We have snow in the mountains and warm climates in our deserts.

Although God has blessed the Grand Canyon Synod with many special wonders, the most important blessings are the fantastic women who have devoted their lives to being the hands and feet of Christ in this part of the world.

Grand Canyon Synod is divided into nine (9) conferences each having a Conference Planning Team who coordinates and plans activities for the women in their geographic area.

In addition, several committees currently chaired by members of the synodical board are working with women from around the synod to help women and their friends and families grow in their faith, helping women affirm the gifts God has given them, and working on ways to help support one another in our callings and together engage in ministry and action, promote healing and wholeness in the congregations, the communities in which we live, and around the world.

The women of Grand Canyon Synod are acting boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ because they know they are “Embraced by Grace.”

2018-2020 Board

Executive Committee Members

  • President: Myrna Wells-Ulland, Living Water/Scottsdale-NE Valley Conference (Email Myrna at president@grandcanyonwomen.org)
  • Vice President: Gail Turner, Faith/Phoenix – Capital Conference (Email Gail at gmturner0123@aol.com)
  • Secretary: Randi VenHuizen, Spirit of Joy/Mesa-Rio Salado Conference (Email Randi at randiv@cox.net)
  • Treasurer: Debbie Romboletti, New Song/Las Vegas-Colorado River Conference (Email Debbie at treas@grandcanyonwomen.org)

Board Members

  • Phyllis Borchardt: Spirit of Grace/Surprise-Cactus Conference (Email Phyllis)
  • Patty Gee:  Living Christ/Flagstaff-High Country Conference (Email Patty)
  • Heidi Gerrish: Lutheran Campus Ministry U of A/Tucson-Sunrise Conference (Email Heidi)
  • Rossy Guzman:  LaSagrada Familia/Phoenix-NE Valley Conference (Email Rossy)
  • Berkley Harris:  University/Tempe-Fiesta Conference (Email Berkley)
  • Kathy Swan:  Christ the Lord/Carefree-NE Valley Conference (Email Kathy)
  • Pastor Maria Valenzuela: Alleluia/Avondale-Cactus Conference (Email Pastor Maria)
  • Wanda Frenchman Takacs-Native American Urban Ministry/Phoenix-Capital Conference (Email Wanda)

2016-2018 Board Members at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center