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Committee on Young Women

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What does the Committee do?

The Committee on Young Women (COYW) was established to help encourage and organize the young women of the LWML. The committee establishes and reviews guidelines and forms for the Young Women program in accordance with directions from the national LWML and LWML Texas District. Contact committee chairman Abby Faske at

Committee Mission Statement

The Committee on Young Women's mission is to educate and inspire young women to strengthen their relationship with their Savior Jesus Christ. It is our hope to establish a positive, joyful, and insightful convention experience for the 2018 Waco YWRs. As the Zone YWRs return to their zones, we hope that they feel equipped to encourage and recruit other young women from their zone to join the LWML.

District Young Woman Representative (YWR) Program Guildines

YWR District Nominee forms:

Meet your 2019-2021 District Young Woman Representatives

Kendra Larsen - LWML Texas District

Kendra Larsen is originally from Guatemala but currently lives in Dallas with her parents and two younger brothers. They attend Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Prairie, where she is a member of the choir as well as the pianist for Spanish services. She is a student at Dallas International University, a missionary training school. When she has free time, she enjoys reading, crafts, piano, singing, and spending time with her family, among other things. Since her mother and grandmother are both LWML members, she always wanted to become a member once she was old enough. As a DYWR, she hopes to encourage young women to become active members of the LWML. Kendra’s highlights of the LWML Convention in 2019 were the singing and carrying the Guatemalan flag in the mission flag presentation.

Current favorite Bible verse: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2).

April Gilbert - LWML Texas District

April Gilbert is the Minister for Children, Youth and Families at Grace Lutheran Church, Denison, where she grew up and is excited to be able to continue the tradition of offering a Christ-centered environment for fun, learning, and activities. She remembers attending LWML events with her mom and other ladies from Grace as a kid, and constantly tugging at her clothes to ask what they were talking about. She recently attended the LWML Convention in Mobile and came home with a recharged passion for missions, new friends, and the desire to help her society take it up a notch! She loves helping people, has a heart for lending a hand in any way possible, and prays that God continues to use her, for His glory, to share the good news of Jesus and HIs love for all His people.

Grace Guenther - Concordia University Texas

Grace Guenther is from San Antonio where she attends Concordia Lutheran Church, and while she is at school, she attends Faith Lutheran in Georgetown. She is entering her senior year at Concordia University Texas where she is majoring in English and education. She first became involved in the LWML through a group on campus called Helping Hands, which is a society of the LWML. Through being involved in the leadership of this group over the past two years she has had the opportunity to go to both a district and national convention, and assisted LWML with an exhibit at the Beautiful Feet Conference. She has met so many incredibly caring women through her involvement with Lutheran Women in Mission.

Reagan Keller - Concordia University Texas

Reagan Keller is from Sugar Land, Texas and a member of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. She is a student at Concordia University Texas where she attends Acts Church Lakeline. She is entering her senior year and is studying elementary education. When she’s not doing school work, she is often spending time with her fiancé, working at Chick-fil-A, or nannying. She became involved with the LWML after attending and then helping lead an all-women’s Bible study at Concordia called Helping Hands. With the help of a few LWML women in the Austin area, they conducted Bible studies, dinners, and different service projects with other college students from Concordia. Her fiancé wants to attend Concordia Seminary and become a pastor, so she looks forward to joining an LWML group while they are there and in their future churches. Her favorite parts of the convention were getting to meet fellow YWRs and learning and growing with young women from all over the country. 

Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Important Dates to Remember

Information about selecting Zone YWR goes out to Zone Presidents: October 1st Odd Numbered years

Zone Presidents need to send the information about the Young Woman they selected for their zone’s YWR to the YWR Committee Chairman: March 1st Even Numbered years

Information about selecting District YWR goes out to Zone Presidents: October 1st Even Numbered years

Zone Presidents need to send the information about the young woman who wants to be selected as the District YWR.
Convention: December 15th Even Numbered years

The EC will gather all of the nominations for DYWR and will select two young women to represent Texas at the LWML Convention:
February Executive Committee Meeting