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Women's Connection
“…to prepare God’s people or works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faint and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  ~Ephesians 4:12
The focus of the Women’s Connection team is to provide opportunities which help equip, train & encourage our women to connect with Jesus & with each other, bring about a maturing in Christ which builds up the church, the body of Christ so that we change our world and reach the next generation.

Be sure to visit our Life Group and Bible Study pages for meetings geared specifically to women.
Women's Connection Leadership
Jennifer Gabriel 

Jennifer Gabriel moved to the Conejo Valley from New York in 1996.  Raised in Michigan, she and her husband George got married and started attending CCTO that same year.  Jen and George have 3 daughters: Alex, Ana, and Ariana.  She has just finished earning a Christian certificate from Fuller Seminary and has an intense passion for women, children and girls at risk.  She also enjoys reading, half marathons, mission trips, learning about other cultures, and her quiet time with the Lord.

Lesley Vlietstra 

Lesley moved to the Thousand Oaks area in 2003 with her husband Jan and two girls: Megan and Rachel.  She loves reading, exercising, riding horses and spending time with family and friends.  She developed a love for God’s Word in 2000 when she joined her first Bible study group and has been passionate about learning and living God’s word ever since.

April Hood-Beesley 

April moved to Thousand Oaks in 1983 from Ohio, and she and her family began attending CCTO. She has four children: Adele, Monique, Alex and Eric who are now all married with their own children (six grandchildren). For many years April was a secondary educator: teacher and assistant principal for Los Angeles School District. She retired in 2011. She enjoys cooking, reading, sewing, traveling and spending time with family. She most recently has been involved in Bible study, the children’s ministry, and is continually seeking God’s plan for her.

Carol Canet 
Debbie Sullivan 

Debbie is a native Californian who discovered and fell in love with CCTO about 9 years ago.  She is married to her best friend, Hal, who found each other in college.  Debbie and Hal are blessed with 6 amazing children – 3 by birth and their wonderful spouses.  Their family continues to grow with many grandchildren who are the light of Debbie’s life.   Debbie’s passion is helping the Lord empower women to find their voice, their passion and the Lord.  She loves nature, reading, chocolate and discovering new ideas through talking with all she meets.

Jodi Flynn 

Jodi was born and raised in Thousand Oaks.  She attended Pepperdine University and returned to Thousand Oaks after graduation.  Jodi married Brent in 1992 and they began attending CCTO shortly after.  They have three teenage sons.  Jodi enjoys spending time with her family, being involved in women's ministries and studying God's word. One of her favorite verses is Ps 28:7a. “The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trust in him and he helps me.”


Suzie Gullett 

Suzie was raised in Thousand Oaks and learned to love the Lord with trial and triumph along the way.  She is married with three awesome teenage children.  Suzie works outside the home helping people build fitness and wellness into their lives.  She loves the color green, the taste of coconut and is crazy about helping others find the truth that God is yesterday, today, and forever.

Kristin Counsil 

Kristin grew up in Thousand Oaks and now lives with her husband Brian and their three kids in Simi Valley.  She likes being outdoors, reading, cooking and putting a fresh coat of paint on anything she can find!  Joining a women’s Bible study group has been wonderful and she loves the time spent with friends chatting, supporting one another and studying God’s word.  She is excited to see where the Lord leads her next.

Gail Powers 

Gail is a native California girl who found Thousand Oaks when she attended California Lutheran University (then College) over 40 years ago.  After college, she met and married Jim, bought a house and had two beautiful daughters, Jenny and Kari. She is currently "Mimi" to three amazing grand daughters, Olivia, Elsie and Lainie.  Gail is a retired middle school History teacher having taught in the Simi Valley Unified School District for 34 years. She loves the ocean, her Wednesday night Bible Study, green shakes, Sunrise Fitness workouts, and shoes.  She can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for her in women's ministries.

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Location & Contact Info

Christian Church of Thousand Oaks
301 W. Avenida De Las Flores, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: 805.492.2474