Adult Ministry


To God, To Others, and to 
Your Place in the World!
St. Mark’s UMC Adult Ministries


9:45 - 10:45 AM


College students, both local and enjoying a weekend at home, recent graduates, and those already in the work force gather to explore faith and current issues.  This is a discussion class where each week’s topic stands alone.   College and Career meets upstairs in Room 1212.  Contact Chris and Natalie Beckman at 893-1233 or Beth Morris at 893-3455 for more information. 


Couples and singles in a wide range of ages enjoying Bible-based and topical discussion.  Members share teaching responsibility and join together in missions to the community.  The class stocks and maintains an emergency food bank and supports the SOS phone card fund for soldiers.  Cornerstone also works with the UMYF to organize the Christmas Mission Project, providing gifts for 30 community children and their siblings.  The class enjoys several social gatherings in addition to their annual Christmas party.  Cornerstone meets in Room 407/409.  Contact Tom Hooper at 898-0287 for more information.


Adult couples and singles studying the International Lesson Series “Adult Bible Studies.”  This class is led by Dan Scott; every session opens with singing.  The class supports a number of ministries, including Children of Mexico, Community Helpers, Room in the Inn and St. Mark’s UMYF.  The Dan Scott Class meets in the Chapel, Room 502.  Contact Ann Love at 896-2738 for more information. 


Mixed age couples and singles studying the Bible, sharing Christian beliefs and discussing issues regarding a personal faith walk. Dimensions of Faith is involved in missions thorugh  adopting families in need, supporting Disaster Relief, Room in the Inn, Bless the Children, and donating to various needs of our congregation.  The class enjoys several social gatherings as well as an annual family Christmas party.  Dimensions of Faith meets in Room 403.  Contact Sherrie Gilliam at 406-2121 for more information.


Adults of all ages sharing lively discussion of contemporary theology and progressive Christianity.   Conversation centers around a current book being read by class members.  This class supports various charities.  The Discussion Class meets in Room 506. Contact Eleanor Ward at 278-9583 for more information.  Visitors always welcome.

Statement of Inclusivity

We, the Discussion Sunday School Class of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro Tennessee declare ourselves to be an open, affirming and reconciling Sunday School Class.

We believe that everyone is created in God’s image, and therefore, everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religious background, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, social or economic status, family makeup, education or faith background is an individual of sacred worth.

We welcome everyone to come join us as we try to follow God’s will and great commandments.  Matthew 22: 36-40. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.



The Foundation Class is a group of couples in their 30's to early 40's geared toward getting back to the very foundations of our Christian and Methodist roots. Studies are scripture-based and discussions are guaranteed to be creative and lively! Join us as we look with new perspective on age-old stories and ideas!  Class also offers many social/fellowship activities outside of class time as well.  The Foundation Class meets in Room 405.  For questions, contact Lisa Marie Hofer or Tracey Heatherly.


A “30-40’s Something” singles and couples group, raising their families and exploring issues of faith and life.  This is a class-led, discussion-based group that studies biblical curriculum paired with life application.  Genesis Network provides meals to Room in the Inn.  Class gatherings include dinner outings, group functions, cookouts, and Girls/Guys Night Out.  Genesis Network meets in Room 406.  Contact Matt and Jennifer Marlatt at 867-9112 for more information.


Especially for young singles, persons newly married and those just starting their families.  Growing in Faith Together meets in Room 1204.  Contact Jeffrey and Mary Beth Baker at 848-9306 for more information.

Cottage size group Bible study that welcomes all ages.  The Good News class meets in the Library, Room 401.  The class supports Disaster Relief, local missions, and other ministries.  We have an annual Christmas Party and share in our Church’s activities. Contact Joe and Susan Green at 890-0772 for more information.


Women studying the International Lesson Series “Adult Bible Studies”.  The Minerva Harrell Class supports Martin Methodist College, the Rutherford County Food Bank, and also provides an annual scholarship for a local ministerial student.  They have bi-monthly business luncheons and enjoy an annual Christmas party with spouses.  The Minerva Harrell Class meets in the Parlor, Room 501.  Contact Joann Henley at 895-0287


Couples and singles of mixed denominational backgrounds building Christian faith and discipleship through study of the Bible and topics of faith, from medical ethics to the apostle Paul.  Mixed Blessings participates in and supports various missions including the Domestic Violence Center, Habitat for Humanity, Room in the Inn, and the adoption of families at the holidays.  The class enjoys family picnics, an annual Christmas party, and other social gatherings through the year.  Mixed Blessings meets in Room 1203.  Contact Russ and Sherry Galloway at 895-1637 for more information.


Singles and couples exploring faith and the Bible, marriage and parenting in discussion.  New Horizons adopts a family at Christmas and supports Room in the Inn.  The class enjoys a number of social events, including a summer family picnic and annual Christmas party.  New Horizons meets in Room 1205.  Contact Kevin Clement at 890-4109 for more information.


Adults of all ages seeking God’s message for daily living through study of the Bible and supportive curriculum.  The Pathfinders support the MTSU Wesley Foundation with a monthly donation, a quarterly donation to Good Shepherd’s Children's Home, and also adopt a family from the community during the Christmas season.  Supports Room in the Inn a few times annually.  The class meets in Room 503/505.  Contact Dr. Bill Mullins at 624-6744  or Paul Givens at 893-3455 for more information. 


Biblical topics, current issues, contemporary religious books and other religions are openly discussed in an informal, relaxed, caring atmosphere. The class is comprised of friendly, eclectic, opinionated, fun, healthy and supportive people with a wonderful mixture of life experiences that adds a richness and sincerity to the discussion. Spares and Pairs meets in Room 402/404. Contact Tim Tackett at 890-1208 for more information.


Join us as we study the scriptures, share our faith openly, discuss issues important to our lives today, and support one another on the path of Christian discipleship. Woman to Woman is led by Claudia Hunter and meets in Room 504.  Contact Claudia Hunter at 895-4103 for more information.

Other Activities of Interest to Adults

(During the School Year)

A variety of long-tern and short-term groups and study options are provided each Wednesday, 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. for adult fellowship, learning and spiritual growth. W.N.T. Groups and Studies - CLICK HERE


For Persons New to our Fellowship, Sundays, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m., January 11 – February 22. Led by Dr. Jim Clardy and others in the East side of the Banquet Room.  Come Learn about one of the Great Churches in Murfreesboro! This class will include presentations by lay leaders at St. Mark's. You will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the work of the Administrative Council, the Finance Committee, Trustees, etc., and to get better acquainted with the organizational side of our ministry.


This is offered on an intermittent basis at St. Marks UMC.  Call the church office for more information.


Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. Prayer for the needs of our church, community, nation and world. In the Chapel. Cecil Smith.


An intensive and transforming study of Scripture, covering 70% of the Bible. Classes of twelve begin each Fall and continue for 34 weeks. Rev. Martha Touchton 893-3455.


Hosts a variety of activities and excursions for older persons in our church and community. Dr. Jim Clardy 893-3455.


Offers a golf league and tournaments, softball teams, basketball, volleyball and more. Contact Beth Morris or Wendell Philpott.


Provides an opportunity for members and friends to get to know each other through conversation or over a shared meal. Groups of 10-16 people meet casually for meals four times per year. New groups are formed each year. Registration necessary.


A wide variety of short-term and ongoing small groups and studies meet throughout the year, offering opportunities for friendship and study. Please see Rev. Touchton for more information.



St. Mark's follows the Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) system in determining whether or not the church office will be open and church-wide events held. When MCS are closed, the church office will be closed and all church-wide activities canceled. 

For church-wide events taking place on weekends, please check social media, the church website, and/or your email for updates in the event of inclement weather.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors