The Team

Who we are

We are Beth, Julie, and Kim, loved and redeemed sisters in Christ, walking this journey of transformation together. God has captured our hearts with His great mercy and love, revealing himself to each of us in unique and personal ways. He has shown us the beauty of His grace, the power of His forgiveness, and the priceless treasure of His love. Because of the redemption we have received, and are still experiencing, we are compelled to share His truth through Woven.

Beth Whartnaby

Beth believes God longs to see his children living in the peace, freedom, and fullness He has provided.Her passion is creatively communicating the person and promises of God in a way that turns the light bulb on for women and allows them to move into a deeper, richer, relationship with Him.

She and her husband, Ed, are originally from the East coast and in their 34 years of marriage have lived in six different states.  For the past 15 years they have lived in Libertyville, Illinois and love it!  Beth and Ed have three boys. Brian and his wife, Anna are both teachers.  Michael and his wife, Caroline are enjoying life in downtown Chicago. And Luke is a junior in college who loves travel, politics, and their crazy dogs, Leo and Sam.

During her years on staff at The Chapel (Lake County, Illinois), Beth gained valuable ministry experience, allowing her to train leaders, develop large group studies, write curriculum, and plan retreats and other transformational events.  She loves reading, writing, cooking, hanging out with family. Beth and Ed attend Christ Church, Lake Forest, Illinois.

Julie Schawel

After graduating college with a degree in public speaking, Julie realized she had nothing worthwhile to talk about—until she met Jesus! Now her deep love for Jesus and passion for the hearts of women makes speaking to large groups of people her favorite thing to do! She loves to spend time with women who seek the presence of God in their lives and is passionate about women living more fully in their identity in Christ. Julie lives in great expectation of the Holy Spirit moving in and through her as she walks intimately with God.

Julie and her husband, Brad have been blessed with the joy of three sons.  Chris graduated from college in 2017 and is gainfully employed...yay!  Their twins, Matthew and Jeffrey are in college so Julie and Brad now reside in a much quieter environment but welcome every opportunity to have their sons together under one roof! Julie enjoys reading, taking long walks for exercise, and sharing lunch with friends. In her “spare” time, she aspires to be an avid scrapbooker with volumes of family memories lining her shelves, but has to laugh at the number of photos that stubbornly remain in boxes.  

For many years Julie coordinated the women’s Bible study at her church, The Chapel, in Libertyville, Illinois.  Serving on staff for a while gave her a deeper understanding of the foundations for ministry. But her ultimate calling is to speak the truth of God’s love to anyone who is willing to listen!

Kim Mayer

Kim’s life experiences as a young adult led her on a quest to truly know God.  Through this journey God revealed himself to her and fueled her with a passion to not only live her life endeavoring to know Him better, but to also lead others on this same exciting adventure!  Kim loves God’s Word and counts it a privilege to help others discover Him for themselves through the truth revealed in Scripture.

She is enthusiastic about life and has energy to spare!  She loves to browse antique stores, exercise and walk her dog, Duke.  Kim and John, her husband of 37 years, have recently moved to the gorgeous mountains of Southwest Virgirnia. After living in Illinois for more than 30 years, it has been quite an adjustment but they have enjoyed exploring and hiking the numerous trails in the area. Kim and John and have three adult children, Alex, Emily and Olivia, all living on the East Coast. Kim steals away every chance she gets to spend time with her kids.

Kim’s ministry strengths come from years of leading small group Bible studies, both in the church setting and in her home.  She is uniquely qualified to train and equip other small group leaders, and has most recently served at The Chapel, Libertyville.  Kim loves to dig into curriculum and find nuggets of gold, helping those she leads navigate God’s Word in a way that leads them to the truth and provides solid application for their lives.