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Adult Sunday School

Sunday School Offerings

9:30–10:30 a.m.—Information on when and where your class will meet is below.

We offer hybrid-technology in select classrooms so that class members and guests can participate from home. The class leaders can provide log-in information to you.

Abundant Life, D113/115

Contact: Scot Gardner at scotjill@att.net or Buddy Jones at buddyjones0@gmail.com | Lead Shepherding Elder: Buzz Fly at flyhar@patwar.com

Each week we pray for one another and Buddy Jones leads us in study and discussion of God’s Word. Several times during the year we get together for special fellowships and events, such as getting to know a missionary. Our normal pattern for Bible study is to take one book at a time, alternating between the Old and New Testaments.

Cornerstone, D103/105; Zoom available.

Contact: Lynn Wheeler at rlwhee@bellsouth.net | Lead Shepherding Elder: Lyn McWhorter at d.lyn.mcwhorter@comcast.net

We’re made up of couples and singles who enjoy praying for one another, encouraging one another, and hearing God’s Word taught. Because we’ve seen God do remarkable things over many years, we spend the beginning half of class time sharing and praying for specific requests.

Covenant Community, A221

Contact: Sam Wilcox at sameri079@gmail.com | Lead Shepherding Elder: Pat Person at persondds@me.com

Our class is home to a community of relative peers in their 20s and 30s made up of singles and married couples who seek to build relationships in faith. We rotate teachers and topics while following a structure of biblical instruction, application-focused discussion, and prayer. We prioritize scripture in our studies and cover topics that are welcoming to all depths of spiritual knowledge. We gather regularly outside of class for fun and fellowship with one another and other classes.

Cross-Generations, E234; Zoom available.

Contact and Lead Shepherding Elder: Hickman Ewing at  whewingjr@gmail.com

We are a cross-generational class made up of couples and singles who desire to go deeper in God’s Word. Our format is to sit in table groups, encouraging and praying for one another. We seek to apply Biblical truth to our lives and pass it on to others. We also often hear missionary reports and testimonies of what God is doing in and through us in the city of Memphis and the world.

Encouragers, A121/122

Contact Terry Tippett at terrytippett@comcast.net | Lead Shepherding Elder: Jack Pepper at Pepper5225@gmail.com

We seek to impart what we possess in Christ: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Th. 5:11). We strive to encourage one another through persistent prayer, biblical teaching by Mickey Bowdon, and rich fellowship. We have active small groups and stress mission and ministry opportunities. All ages are invited!

Eternal Perspective,  A103; Zoom available.

Contact: Stuart Taylor at smtaylordds@hotmail.com | Lead Shepherding Elder: Larry Fitzgerald at  LarryFitz35@gmail.com

We seek those of all ages or marital status interested in going deeper into Scripture. Our emphasis is on learning how to live with the Eternal Perspective that all believers have once they graduate into the presence of our loving Lord Jesus. Our mission is to produce “full hearts” that are available to the Lord Jesus for evangelism, missions, and discipleship. 

Focus, A222; Zoom available.

Contact and Lead Shepherding Elder: Tim Holler at

Focus is a class of young adults who want to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We come together to share what God is doing in our lives and in the world, to learn from the study of His Word and to pray for each other. We seek to provide strength, encouragement, and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3). We also enjoy fellowship times outside of class.

Foundations, E143

Contact and Lead Shepherding Elder: Bob Fratesi at bob@frm-advisers.com

Challenging families and individuals alike to drink deeply of God’s word in order to experience greater intimacy with Him. Rad Andrews (father of 8 and long-time surgeon) is our primary teacher. We strive to offer numerous opportunities for strengthening Christian faith and friendships through activities such as small group dinners, retreats, and casual gatherings.

Genesis, A106

Contact: Christopher and Damaris Marino at c9marino@hotmail.com | Lead Shepherding Elder: Chris Cannon at chris.cannon7@gmail.com

We are a class of young families building relationships through a combination of solid Bible teaching, group discussion, and prayer, to help class members understand both what the Bible says AND how to apply it in everyday life. The structure of the class is intended to make Genesis a very accessible class for newcomers and long-time First Evaners. Whether you are new to the whole idea of church involvement or a seasoned church veteran, you will find Genesis a warm and inviting place to get involved.

Heritage Builders, A202; Zoom available.

Contact: Hal Stanley at hal@stanleyraineylaw.com | Lead Shepherding Elder: John Touliatos at  johnspero@att.net

Our purpose is to build a heritage of faithful marriages, wise parenting, and wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ. We enjoy an annual family picnic and Christmas party, and we participate together in various service projects and mission trips throughout the year.

Joint Heirs, E125/126; Zoom available.

Contact: Jim Newman at jimcarnewman@hotmail.com or Grady Sanborn at chaseweb386@gmail.com | Lead Shepherding Elder: Jim Newman at jimcarnewman@hotmail.com.

We are a class of single and marrieds of all age ranges. We desire to know and be known by one another as we grow in the Lord. We sit at assigned tables each Sunday, alternating table group members yearly. Our table groups minister to one another provide fellowship, prayer, and accountability, and also support to our missionaries. Our teachers and subjects change, but the pattern is the same: a teaching time followed by table group discussion to help us apply what we’ve learned. Our visitors’ table provides a welcome place to see what we’re all about.

Journeys, A210

Contact and Lead Shepherding Elder: Joel Scoggins at joel@memphis.younglife.org

A community of peers (primarily 40’s and 50’s) who are intentional in building authentic friendships as we JOURNEY through life and scripture together. We engage the Bible weekly through group discussion led by different class members. Bible study is complimented by occasional worship in song and regular prayer for one another. We strive to care for each other through the challenges of marriage, raising children, and simply walking closer with Christ. We have regular gatherings outside of class to help us build stronger relationships with one another.

Life Builders, A124; Zoom available.

Contact: Preston Klinke at prestonklinke@gmail.com or Tom Maschmeyer at tmaschmeyer@gcemlaw.com | Lead Shepherding Elder: Tom Maschmeyer at tmaschmeyer@gcemlaw.com

We try to balance the teaching and application of the Word with a focused commitment to prayer, fellowship, and the development of community. We offer periodic fellowships. We serve the wider community principally through Streets Ministry and Christ’s Community Church, and we’re very involved with a number of missionaries, many of whom regard Life Builders as home.

The Open Door, A111

Contact and Lead Shepherding Elder: Gene Kaercher at gkaercher@barnhartcrane.com

The Open Door class seeks to become a vibrant community of faith as we grow in our knowledge and fulfillment of the Gospel.  A rotation of class members lead robust discussions based on Biblical passages, topics, or books, but always focused on scripture. We are overjoyed that God is growing our class into a multi-generational fellowship of both married and single members.

Pilgrim's Progress, A109

Contact and Lead Shepherding Elder: Kevin Weaver at kevinweaver@aol.com

Come join us as we walk the path of life while we are sharing our successes and failures, and studying God's Word in order to more effectively engage in gospel conversations with the lost in our culture.

Salt & Light, E135; Zoom available.

Contact and Lead Shepherding Elder: Ken Eriksen at kceriksen@gmail.com

We are real, relevant, and revering. Real people with a diversity of ages, nationalities, and missions making an impact. Relevant teaching and living carried out through small groups, fellowships, and various ministries within and outside our church. We strive to revere Jesus Christ through the study of God’s Word.

Sojourners, D120; Zoom available.

Contact: Rick Hannah at rick@hannahsales.com Lead Shepherding Elder: Jimmy Garrison

Couples and singles gather in small groups around tables each Sunday where time is spent in fellowship and prayer. We rotate teachers with a focus on Biblically-based studies and also emphasize accountability and service to our church—such as serving at the Wednesday night dinners, teaching children, and supporting missions. Besides Sunday mornings, we regularly get together for fellowship and enjoy socials like our Sweetheart Banquet every Valentine’s Day.

Under Construction, C212

Contact: Ryan Johnson at ryanmilesjohnson@gmail.com  | Lead Shepherding Elder: Lynn Ballinger at LHB2@aol.com

For those from nearly or newly married to those with children in elementary school. The class combines solid Bible teaching with group discussion and prayer to help class members understand both what the Bible says AND how to apply it in everyday life. Small group fellowships and mentoring relationships are a major part of the class objective. The structure of the class is intended to make Under Construction a very accessible class for newcomers and long-time First Evaners.

Location Guide — Map of Building (click here or on the graphic for enlarged PDF view.)

Map of Building
Location Guide — Map of Campus
As one stands in our Sanctuary looking toward the pulpit (north)

  • Chapel & Fellowship Hall are north behind the Sanctuary in the MAIN Building.

  • A Building is west of Chapel before entering the E Building.

  • Nursery is east of the Fellowship Hall in the MAIN Building.

  • C Building (FEC Kids) is northeast behind the Fellowship Hall.

  • D Building (Basement) is below the Sanctuary.

  • E Building (Students, Recreation Center) is west past the A Building.

Adult Sunday School Functions

To better understand the function of our Adult Sunday School Classes at First Evan, please click here or download this printable document here.