Adult Bible Studies

Graded Adults


The Well 

  • Room 470 
  • Larry Swift
  • Coed, 20s-30s, single and married
  • 9 - 9:15 a.m.: Coffee & Fellowship
  • 9:15 a.m.: Lesson
  • Curriculum: Selected book of the Bible

A Bible study for young adults, single or married, who are living and working in Middle Tennessee. The name of the class comes from Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman as told in John 4:1-45. Many will come to The Well and, like the Samaritan woman, be ignorant of their deepest need. May the Well offer them the living water that will spring up to eternal life!
—Contacts: Sonia Brady and Christian Thomas
—Teacher: Larry Swift

New Covenant 

  • Room 370 
  • Jim & Carol Bryson, Kyle & Becky Cantrell
  • Coed, 20s-early 40s, nearly/newlywed, young married with no children or with children from birth into school-age

These young adults gather to learn, encourage, fellowship, and grow in their personal relationship with Christ.

  • Directors: Jim & Carol Bryson
  • Associate Directors: Kyle & Becky Cantrell; Mark & Susan Smith
  • Missions: Chase Worrell
  • Fellowship: Karen Bush, Joy Harris


  • Nearly Newlywed: Engaged or newly married
    Curriculum: Fireproof
    Teachers: William & Paige Webb
  • POLO: Parents of little ones
    Curriculum: Foundational Truths   
    Teachers: Brian Smith & Robbie Ammons
  • Young Married: Parents of older preschoolers and young children
    Curriculum: The Gospel Project (LifeWay)
    Teachers: Patrick & Lydia Watts
  • Dunn/Hall: Parents of school-aged children
    Curriculum: Selected book of the Bible
    Teachers: Brad Dunn & Tim Hall


  • Room 360 
  • Rob & Liz Waggener
  • Co-Directors: David & Marianne Meriwether
  • Coed, 30s-mid 50s, single and married with no children or with children/younger youth

Married couples in their mid-thirties to around fifty. Most are parents of children or younger youth. Both singles and childless couples are welcome!


  • The Open Door: A peer-led group of younger members that utilize three rotating teachers providing opportunities for those that love to teach to do so.
    Curriculum: Bible Studies for Life (LifeWay)
    Teachers: John & Sarah Galloway; Andy & Renee Matthews
  • The Waggener Class: Using LifeWay's Explore the Bible series that rotates between books in the Old Testament and the New Testament, this is a question/discussion-style class, intended to make the Bible practical to real life. Humor is a frequent characteristic during the class's lively discussions.
    Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)
    Teachers: Rob & Liz Waggener, Mark Pickrell

The Quest 

  • Room E120 
  • Roger Thiele
  • Coed, 40+, single
  • Curriculum: Selected book of the Bible & contemporary Christian authors
  • Teacher: Roger Thiele

While building connections to others, members study and apply God’s word in fresh ways so their faith expressions are relevant and genuine. Members strive to understand the challenges and opportunities of a contemporary Christian journey through personal scriptural reflections and shared life experiences.


  • Room E220 
  • Jack & Noroma Benz
  • Coed, 50s-60s, single and married

As a transitions department, most members who have children no longer have them at home. Members are facing the challenges of mid-life with family, career, health, and life goals.

  • Directors: Jack and Noroma Benz
  • Co-Directors: Randy & Betty Smith
  • Missions: Kathy Wilcox
  • Outreach: Nancy Brock
  • Secretary: Mary Alice McMains


  • Coed A: Chuck Cagle, Rob Sterling, Paul Sims
    Curriculum: Smyth & Helwys
  • Coed B: Steve Finch
    Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)

Abundant Life 

  • Room E200 
  • Ray & Barbara Conner
  • Coed/men/women, 60s-70s, single and married, near retirement

A department of single and married adults in their 60s and 70s, some working professionals, some retired.

  • Directors: Ray & Barbara Conner
  • Associate Director: Pamela Stockett
  • Fellowship: Pat Haskins
  • Communication: Peggy Newport


  • Coed A: Jesse Pedigo
    Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)
  • Coed B: Lanell Coile, Wayne Ozment, Tom Clark
    Curriculum: Varies, currently Mark for Everyone
  • Women: Linda McDugald
    Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)
  • Men: Gary Gober
    Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)


  • Room E130 
  • Bill McKee
  • Coed, 60s-70s, retirement
  • Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)

Members range in age from mid-60s to 70s, most are retired professionals, both men and women. Many have been long time members of the church and have been in Bible Study together for many years.

  • Director: Bill McKee
  • Associate Director: Kathy Hughes
  • Teachers: Letty Gossett, Richard & Beverly Winstead


  • Room 150 
  • Bill and Annette Howse
  • Coed/men/women, 70s-80s, single and married, early retirement

This department consists of older adults with ages ranging from mid-sixties to eighties. People have migrated to this group because of various interests and friendships that have lasted through the years. New members in our Bible Study community have been quickly welcomed and involved. There are divorcees, widows and widowers, as well as couples in this department. Within the department there are three Bible Study classes from which a person can choose.

  • Directors: Bill & Annette Howse
  • Outreach: Glenda Turner
  • Activity Leader: Marge Leathers
  • Worship Leaders: Nancy Ryals, Bill Carver, Jerry Brown


  • Men (Room 151): Harold Smith
    Curriculum: Selected book of the Bible
  • Caregiver (Room150D): Myrtis Todd, Julia Smith
    Curriculum: Foundations (Smith & Helwys)
  • Coed (Room 150): Dick Waggener
    Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)


  • Room 150E 
  • Bob Foust
  • Coed, 70s-80s, retirement
  • Curriculum: Selected book of the Bible

A discussion-approach to Bible study.

Good News 

  • Room 150C 
  • Jesse Wright
  • Men, 70s-80s, retirement
  • Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)

The Good News Bible Class recently celebrated its 76th anniversary. The class is the second oldest class in the church. It began in 1937 and continues today in a journey of faith—enjoying the Good News of Christ’s work in the lives of its members.

  • President: Jesse Wright
  • Promotion Vice-President: Warner Grubb
  • Teacher: Ben Stringer
  • Fellowship Vice-President: Jim Brakefield
  • Secretary: Marshall Carter
  • Treasurer: J.W. Clark


  • Room 140 
  • Mary Allen
  • Coed/women, 80s-90s, retirement
  • Director: Mary Allen
  • Music Director: Bruce Meriwether
  • Secretary: Lyn Brasfield


  • Hope (women): Mary Lou Bryson
    Curriculum: Bible Studies for Life (LifeWay)
  • Fidelis (women): Bruce Meriwether
    Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)
  • Koinonia (coed): Albert Wardin
    Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)


Non-Graded Adults



Galatians 3:28 

  • Room 361 
  • Chris O'Rear
  • Curriculum: Foundations (Smith & Helwys)
  • A deeper study of the Bible with application to everyday life

Classes are built around the rich discussion that comes from sharing diverse life experiences, education, and backgrounds. Members are encouraged to bring their questions about the weekly scripture as the class works together to answer difficult questions of faith that go beyond traditional answers. The class is committed to practical application of scripture and regularly participates in mission activities inside and outside the congregation.

  • Teacher: Chris O’Rear


  • Room 480 
  • Jimmy Hester
  • Curriculum: Bible Studies for Life (LifeWay)
  • Biblical guidance for the sandwich generation

As a group of adults often labeled the sandwich generation, members seek biblical guidance to better CONNECT with God, CONNECT with their parents, and CONNECT with their children.

  • Teacher: Jimmy Hester
  • Secretary: Greg Daniels


  • Room 460 
  • Ric & Sharon Herrera
  • Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)Fellowship and Bible study that encourages Christian living

A class of median adults encouraging and edifying one another through Bible study, prayer, service, and fellowship.

  • Directors: Ric & Sharon Herrera
  • Inreach/Outreach: Carol Ann Shull
  • Teachers: Wes Turner, Jerry Burden

Truth Seekers 

  • Room E221 
  • Connie Powell
  • Curriculum: The Gospel Project (LifeWay)
  • Bible study for Sanctuary Choir members

An eclectic group of choir folks—young, median, and senior adults; single and married—who engage in serious Bible study with an emphasis on participation in wide-ranging discussion.


  • Director: Connie Powell
  • Teacher: Tim Stewart


  • Room 461 
  • Melody McCoy
  • Curriculum: Explore the Bible (LifeWay)
  • Women seeking biblical guidance for life

A class for women of any age and marital status who want to respond to God’s call for a deeper understanding of His Word and its relevance to daily life. Bible study, prayer, and nurturing relationships with other women make a dynamic combination. Members develop endearing friendships that meet the need for a place to belong, grow, serve, and live the abundant life in Christ.

  • Teacher: Melody McCoy
  • Care Group Leaders: Pat Clark, Karen McArthur, Nancye Stewart
  • Ministry Coordinators: Marilu White, Andrea Lindsey
  • Membership Coordinator: Eleanor Yarborough
  • Prayer Coordinator: Karen McArthur

The Bridge 

  • Fellowship Hall Stage (while the Chapel is under construction)
  • Rus Roach
  • Curriculum: Selected book of the Bible
  • New beginnings for life transitions

Building bridges with Nashville’s downtown homeless and less fortunate community, members reach out and give hope to the hopeless through the love of Jesus Christ by showing people the reality of Christ through healing hands and open hearts.

  • Teachers: Rus Roach, Russell & Robin Brothers, Kathy Wilcox

Joshua Class 

  • Room 340 
  • Melody Hart-Schrecker
  • Curriculum: Selected book of the Bible
  • Bible study that breaks down walls that separate people

Joshua was chosen as the class name to describe the absence of "walls" that can separate people. Members are encouraged to think more deeply about how the scripture applies to their lives in a practical way. They enjoy reading aloud from the Old and New Testaments in each lesson. Insights are gained from hearing answers to probing questions and challenge members to grow in their understanding of what God expects. Breakfast on the 2nd Sunday of each month and quarterly lunches in the classroom encourages building friendships and deepening relationships.

  • Director: Melody Hart-Schrecker
  • Associate Director: Margi Hawkins
  • Secretary: Debbie Bright
  • Care Group Leaders: Robbie Hunter, Pam Moudy, Joy Fisher
  • Teacher: Lisa Pruitt


  • Room 230 
  • Lila Boyd
  • Curriculum: Foundations (Smith & Helwys)
  • Gifted and experienced adults seeking God's will

Members enjoy world travel and a variety of life experiences. Members range in age from early 50s and up and the class is blessed with gifted with experienced teachers and members who are caring and diverse.

Director: Lila Boyd
Secretary: Hazel Hughes
Teachers: Jimmy Edwards; Tom & Alene Harris; Norma Gabhart; Mary Nell Driscoll