Adult Growth Groups

The following list is designed to help you get a feel for where you might best fit in to one of GROWTH Groups. When we focus on bringing our lives under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we realize that we grow in community. Our small group ministries through Sunday School are designed to provide you will a safe, loving place where you can seek God's Spirit and purpose in Christian community. Feel free to visit several classes. Sunday GROWTH Groups begin each Sunday at 9:00am. Stop by the church welcome center for assistance in locating the class of your choice. Other GROWTH Groups are offered at different times during the week to fit your schedule.

Young Professionals Group (Room 209)

Burris Nelson

The Young Professionals class is an energetic community of couples ranging from 20-40, who may have elementary age children. The Young Families Class is involved in numerous ministries of Easley First Baptist, including: Operation Christmas Child, Extended Teaching Care, Vacation Bible School, deacons, and choirs. They have active InReach, OutReach, Missions, and Crisis Committees. The group plans fellowships about once a month: Boys, Girls, and Couples Nights Out, and family outings to the lake. The Young Professionals group uses special book studies and occasionally uses Formations literature.

From the first day we visited the Young Professionals Growth Group, we knew we had found the ideal complement to our worship service time. Our class enjoys candid discussions about scripture and daily life applications, with a healthy side of laughter. We don't always agree but our differing ideas challenge us to examine scripture - and ourselves - from a different perspective. And sometimes, when all you need is an "I love you," you can find that, too.

Brad & Katherine Elrod

Explorers Group (Room 206)

Elizabeth Armstrong

This group focuses on studying books of the Bible. They use Explore the Bible curriculum by LifeWay. Each quarter they dive into a different book of the Bible to gain greater understanding of the Bible in its historical context and communicating its wisdom for the modern world. They also have quarterly breakfast socials and get togethers outside the church. They participate in several missions projects throughout the year including but not limited to assisting with meals for Family Promise, College student care packages, and toys for the Santa Shoppe at the Dream Center.

Endeavor Group (Room 104)

Allen Cooper & Tony Imms

This group uses various resources for Bible study including Christian classics. A primary focus of this community involves how to faithfully apply biblical principles and engage with this postmodern world." James 1: 2-5. We are always looking to get involved with ministry/mission opportunities and we have participated with Samaritan's Purse, Hope International, and Family Promise.

College & Career (Conference Room)

John & Donna Adams

Believing God (Room 104)

Betty Roe

This Growth Group is my refuge. It is comprised of the most caring, loving and supportive Christian friends to be found.

Ben Barrett

The Fresh Spirit Group (Room 201)

Ben Barrett and Marsha Robertson

The couples in this dynamic community are in the 45-55 age range. Their children are either teens or are grown and out of the house. They use Formations curriculum and frequently adopt special book studies. Fresh Spirit is involved in various ministries throughout the church, especially United Christian Ministries and Meals on Wheels.

The Genesis Group (Room 207)

Rodney Rogers

This group is involved in various ministries around the church, including: adopting a family at Christmas; providing financial support for Basketball Camp; and serving in our Children's Ministry. This loving community of couples varies in age from 30-50. Children of these couples vary in age from elementary to high school. The group uses various resources for Bible study.

Moorhead/McCall Group (Basement - B1)

Tom Garrick

This loving small group is interested in Bible Study that utilizes directed discussion and class participation. The couples in this small group have a great time studying and serving together. They study Formations curriculum and are active in ministries throughout the church, especially SHINE, Basketball Camp, and 567 Club. The couples in this group are in their 50s and 60s.

We are family! We look out for each other, study God's word, fellowship together and serve the church and others in many ways. Come join our family..

Elizabeth Hill

The Marion Moorhead Group (Room 208)

Doyle Kay & Walt Pace

The Marion Moorhead group is a fun, welcoming community of couples 55 and above. They study Formations curriculum and are involved in a large variety of ministries inside and outside the church, including SHINE, Basketball Camp, and special needs outreach projects.

The Don Jones Group (Room 204)

Patt Butts

Couples Serving Christ is a group you'll continually hear about. The members of this community are constantly talking about their desire to study the Bible – they cannot wait for 9:00 on Sunday morning. These couples are generally 55 and above. They use Formations curriculum, but frequently adopt special book studies. They are involved in ministries such as SHINE and Meals on Wheels.

I can't tell you how much the Freeman Class has meant to me. They are the most caring, loving group I have ever been associated with. Our teacher Melba Eason is unbelievable. She is the most awesome teacher I have ever had. She spends hours on her lesson each Sunday Morning and she is definitely one of the most spiritual person I have ever known. She is always there for every lady in our class.

Linda Ballard

The Freeman Group (Atrium A)

Melba Eason

The Freeman group is a ladies' group of ALL AGES. ALL ARE WELCOME! The curriculum used is Bible Study for Life. Special studies are done throughout the year, centered on growing in the Spiritual Disciplines. Special guests are invited throughout the year during these times of emphasis on Spiritual Disciplines. The group is a strong supporter of local and foreign missions. YOU ARE INVITED TO GROW WITH US!

The E.R. Eller Group (Room 208)

Doyle Kelley, Joe Burgess, and Rob Gaut

Men’s group 60 years of age and up---everyone is welcome! The Bible Study curriculum is Senior Adult Bible Studies for Life. They believe weekly group Bible Study is a necessary ingredient toward aiding spiritual growth in order to transform knowledge into application. Our greatest opportunities to evangelize occur when we embody the gospel through our lives. If we love people through sacrificial acts of ministry, they will find the message of Christ to be irresistible. The group is involved in individual ministries such as Salvation Army, Graham Shoeboxes, serving with Boy Scout Troop 37, supporting them, and Christmas gifts to all of our shut-ins. Other ministries are addressed as well.

The Elizabeth Group (Room 101)

Cindy Hunter & Betty Hill

The Elizabeth Group is a welcoming and caring group of ladies. They enjoy biblical teaching, fellowship (during the daylight) and are mission minded. The class is the main coordinator for Shoeboxes for the church. They support a deaf ministry in New Mexico and support bereavement meals for the church.

The R.C. McCall - Coley Cleveland Group (Room 103)

Milton Ponder, Tommy Clayton & Milton Ponder

Men’s group varying in age from 75-95. The group uses Sr. Adult Bible Studies for Life series curriculum. This class is involved in ministries throughout the church, especially the Davis Benevolent Fund and SHINE. They are also involved the 5,6,7 Club missions organization for young boys.

Learning experience and a wonderful group of people.

The Philathea Group (Room 108)

Marilyn Dailey, Pam Jetton, and Sharon James

As the name suggests their mission is to provide a loving, accepting, and caring sisterhood of believers who want to grow deeper in Christ. They seek to make the Scriptural text practical and applicable, with their goal being "to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead" (Philippians 3:10 NLT). They seek outreach through giving to several para-church organizations as well as through personal friendship evangelism. Although several of the members are now homebound, they continue to be a part of the class in this loving bond.