Adult Ministry


At Central, we believe that Christian education is a lifelong journey. In addition to gathering for worship, adults are encouraged to participate in classes on Sunday mornings.

Classes are offered every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. with a variety of topics from Bible study, to current issues, to theological questions. Ongoing adult classes with rotating leadership provide learning and fellowship opportunities. Special studies are also offered throughout the year.  Each January Central’s adult classes meet together for Winter Studies and during the summer months for Summer Series to focus on a specific topic.

February and March Studies Program



Beginning February 2018

Listening for the Heartbeat of God | a Keystone Class

The Keystone Class will continue the exploration of Christian mystics with Listening for the Heartbeat of God by J. Philip Newell, a leader in understanding Celtic spirituality. Everyone is invited to join the class as we sit around the table to reflect on how our own spiritual formation may relate to Newell’s writing. Dana Cozad will open the discussion of Newell during the first session, February 4.

Teacher: Mary Amos            Convener: Jean Ellen Jones

Location: Taylor Conference Room


The Soul’s Code | an Issues in Theology Class

Plato called it “daemon,” the Romans “genius,” the Christians “guardian angel”; today we use such terms as “heart,” “spirit,” and “soul.” While philosophers, theologians and psychologists from Plato to St. Augustine to Jung have studied and debated the fundamental essence of our individuality, our modern culture refuses to accept that a unique soul guides each of us from birth. “What is it, in my heart, that I must do and be, and have? And why?” This class will address these questions and more with the assistance of James Hillman’s book, “The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling.”

Teachers: various class participants                     Convener: Michael Lloyd

Location: OAC “arts room” (off of the Oglesby Atrium, basement level, Oglesby building)


Tending Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God’s People | a Faith and Family Class

This class will examine how our faith heritage speaks to climate change and environmental injustice. Biblical texts, when viewed through an ecological lens, show us that caring for creation is an essential part of the good news of Jesus Christ. Climate change is scary, but there is hope. Come hear the good news.

Teachers: Kathy Harben, Mary Lillian Walker                    Convener: Mary Elizabeth Pope

Location: Parlor (off of Tull Hall)


Christianity 101

This class is for those who wish to know more about such things as Presbyterian beliefs and practices, Bible basics, and where we at Central Presbyterian fit into the spectrum of 21st century American spiritual life. David Cozad will lead a relaxed discussion of the questions that class participants bring. We will begin with addressing your questions about what the Presbyterian Church stands for and how it operates. In ensuing weeks, we will move to others of these topics as interests of the participants dictate.

Teacher and convener: David Cozad

Location: Greene Room


Centralites: Witness in the Larger Community (Feb 4 – Feb 18), Christianity Through the Eyes of C.S Lewis (Feb 25 – March 11) |

Sojourners classes

Centralites: Central members (two newer, one long-time) will tell their stories of what it’s like to be a Central Presbyterian member and to witness their faith in the work place and beyond. Our first speaker will be Paul Zwier. a Session member currently serving on the Pastor Nominating Committee. is on the PNC. On February 11 our speaker will be Khaliah Johnson, specialist pediatrician.

C.S. Lewis: C. S. Lewis was a master teacher. Whatever he himself learned, he could and did teach others – especially through his writings about Christianity. Over three sessions, we will look at Lewis himself, warts and all, and discuss his teachings.

Teacher (for C.S. Lewis): Kemie Nix                                        Convener: Ed Carwile

Location: Brotherhood Room


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