Bible Hour is held Monday-Saturday at 9:00 AM.
Babysitting Service is available Monday thru Friday for children age 6 mos.-3½ years, and will be provided in the Youth Temple for those attending Bible Hour.
Babysitting services are available Monday through Friday for children age 6 months - 3 1/2 years and
will be provided in the Youth Temple for those attending Bible Hour.
2018 Summer Bible Hour Schedule
June 18 - 23
Topic: Conversations with God: The Ones We Want and A Few We Don't
The Reverend Thom Shafer is currently serving as the Senior Pastor of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, Florida which is one of the fastest growing congregations in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Most recently he served in an extension ministry as the Vice President for Advancement at Florida Southern College with responsibility for Planned Giving, Church Relations, and major gifts.
From 2003 to 2011 Rev. Shafer served as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables (Miami) and has also served in various positions of leadership within United Methodism: District Superintendent of the Jacksonville District, chairperson for the Florida Conference Council on Ministries; consultant with United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Reverend Shafer holds a Master of Theology degree from the Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatrical Lighting Design from Florida Southern College. Thom spent his early years in Cuba and Uruguay with missionary parents. He is married to Karen King Shafer. Thom and Karen are the proud parents of Amanda and Daniel.
June 25 - 30
Topic: A Study on Galatians
Pastor Erick Sorensen was born and raised in Southern California. He is married to Melissa and they have three boys, Jude, Jonathan, and Lincoln.
He has degrees from Lutheran Brethren Bible College (Certificate of Biblical Studies), Biola University (Bachelors in Organizational Leadership) and Lutheran Brethren Seminary (Master of Divinity). Before moving into Manhattan to plant Epiphany, Erick served as Senior Pastor at Victoria Community Church in Fontana, California, and Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church in Staten Island, New York.
In his spare time Erick enjoys hanging out with his wife, wrestling with his boys, reading good books and watching just about every show on AMC. He is a frequent contributor to www.christholdfast.org and you can catch up with him on Facebook or on Twitter @pastorerick.
July 2 - 7
Topic: God Has A Plan, and We're Part of It
Dr. D. Stuart and Jill Briscoe began their journey in England. Stuart was born into a Christian home. Upon graduating from high school at age 17, he immediately moved into the working world of banking. Around this time, he also formed a band with his brother and a friend and began traveling, performing, and preaching. Jill didn’t encounter her faith until an illness sent her to a hospital at age 18. She tells the story of meeting another patient at the hospital who shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her, and she became a Christian. Upon graduating Cambridge with a teaching degree, Jill returned to Liverpool where she taught and initiated an outreach ministry to the youth of the city.
Stuart and Jill met at a youth conference at Capernwray Hall in England. They married in 1958, and in 1959, both Stuart and Jill left their careers—his in banking and hers in teaching—to work full time for Torchbearers, an international Christian ministry organization involved in evangelism and Bible teaching. Stuart traveled around the world evangelizing, and Jill remained at Capernwray Hall, raising their three children, Dave, Judy and Pete, and continuing outreach ministries. While traveling throughout the U.S. as part of Torchbearers, he met members of Elmbrook Church. They were seeking a pastor; Stuart was feeling led to find a home church that would value outreach but also allow him to reduce the traveling that kept him away from his family for up to nine months at a time.
In 1970, Stuart, with Jill’s blessing, accepted the invitation to come to Elmbrook Church, a nondenominational Christian church, and serve as its pastor. A year later, Telling the Truth began at the suggestion of a friend who believed that Stuart’s teaching needed to be heard beyond the walls of the church. Although not officially on staff at Elmbrook, Jill’s teaching was soon added to the radio program. She was also involved in children’s and women’s ministry at the church, and in 1990 began a quarterly magazine for pastors’ wives called Just Between Us, with subscribers in 75 countries and all 50 states.
During Stuart’s time at Elmbrook, the church grew exponentially and became the largest church in Wisconsin.
After 30 years, Stuart stepped down as senior pastor, and some expected the Briscoes to retire from ministry. What many didn’t realize is that Stuart’s “retirement” from Elmbrook Church simply allowed the Briscoes to return to their starting point and their passion: worldwide ministry and outreach.
Stuart and Jill still travel throughout the world as ministers-at-large for Elmbrook Church into large cities, small towns, and rural back-country areas where they provide leadership training and support to local church pastors and lay leaders. They have traveled to 100 countries on every continent including Romania, China, India, Congo, New Zealand, Australia, England, Austria, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, Thailand, Canada and many others. Stuart and Jill have been asked why they don’t slow down but instead keep going so much and so far. Stuart’s reply? “Because we’re invited.”
July 9 - 14
Topic: 7 Virtues Which Make Faith Work
Pastor Christian Andrews grew up in Middletown, New Jersey, where he spent summers at the Jersey Shore. He was a skater and a surfer, and though he loved youth group, he never dreamed he would become a pastor some day. In college, he studied physics, but before going off to graduate school he served as a ministry intern in Philadelphia for one year. Working as a teacher’s aid, he was pushed into the position of Bible teacher for the 8th grade students. The experience was a first step toward God’s call for him. He became a youth pastor the following year, and went off to Princeton Theological Seminary to become prepared for a new path. Christian currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Renaissance Church, in Summit NJ, where he lives with his wife Michelle, and their kids, Nate and Lily.
July 16 - 21
Over the past 33 years, Reverend Kenneth Levingston has pastored fruitful congregations in rural, urban, suburban, and multicultural settings. He believes, teaches and preaches the word of God in a manner that requires the hearer to come face to face with the heart of God. He is passionate about “following Jesus and doing what Jesus did,” love, serve, reach, teach and pray. Pastor Levingston’s life reflects his belief that living a “Higher Way” means submitting one’s self in love and service to others.
Pastor Levingston was appointed to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church on September 1, 2008. The church membership has increased from a little more than 600 to over 1700. Worship attendance has increased from less than 300 hundred to 650. Jones Memorial provides ministries that meet the vital need of its mission field to come to know the redeeming life transforming love of Jesus.
July 23 - 28
Topic: Have You Had Your Annual Spiritual Yet
Dr. Thomas Tewell has been an ordained pastor for 40 years and has served congregations in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and New Providence, New Jersey, and well as the 5,100 member Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas and the 3,500 member Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. Each of the congregations Dr. Tewell has served as experienced significant spiritual and numerical growth and has become deeply involved in ministry to the local community. The Memorial Drive Church in Houston is a Dollar for Dollar Church who gives one dollar to the needs of the world for every dollar they spend on themselves. Under Dr. Tewell's leadership, the Fifth Avenue Church developed a significant ministry to the homeless in New York City.
Dr. Tewell has been invited to speak at conferences and in congregations all over America and has taught seminars on preaching and leadership at numerous Theological Seminaries including Princeton, Pittsburgh, Columbia, San Francisco and Fuller. He has been honored to preach and lead seminars at conference centers including Chautauqua, NY, Montreat, NC, Mo Ranch, TX, Ocean Grove and Ocean City, NJ, and Epworth Heights, MI. Dr. Tewell served as a Trustee of his alma mater, Princeton Theological Seminary, for 15 years.
Dr. Tewell is the recipient of numerous awards for his preaching and social ministry. He is the recipient of the Inter Faith Service Award for starting a ministry to persons with A.I.D.S. in Houston, Texas and the Social Ministry Award from the Council of Churches of the City of New York for ministry with the homeless. His sermons have been published in Christian Century, Christianity Today and numerous clergy journals, and he has taught seminars on preaching at Princeton, San Francisco, and Fuller Seminaries. Dr. Tewell is a graduate of Muskingum University in Ohio, Princeton Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew Theological School in New Jersey. In addition, he has been awarded tow honorary doctoral degrees: one from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and the other from his alma mater, Muskingum University.
Currently, Dr. Tewell is the Founder and Executive Director of Macedonian Ministry, a position he has held since 2008. Macedonian Ministry is currently touching the lives of over 400 pastors and congregations all over America and Scotland by offering them the opportunity to participate in a three-year, peer learning cohort that provides support and creative new ideas for ministry. This ministry gives Dr. Tewell the privilege of serving as a pastor to pastors. Dr. Tewell and his wife Suzanne have been married for over 40 years and they have two married sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and six grandchildren who are the joy of their lives! The Tewells live in Atlanta, Georgia.
July 30 - August 4
Dr. Chris Bounds is Scholar in Residence, Professor of Theology and Gardner Professor for the Promotion of Holiness at Asbury University. He came to Asbury after teaching for more than a decade in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an Ordained Elder in The Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he served as an associate and senior pastor for eight years.
He has published articles in popular and scholarly venues, including Aldersgate Papers: Theological Journal of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research; Asbury Theological Journal; Catalyst: Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians; East-West Church and Ministry Report; Expository Times; Good News Magazine; Religious Studies Review; Studia Patristica; Wesleyan Life: The Magazine of the Wesleyan Church; The Wesleyan Theological Journal; and Wesley and Methodist Studies.
Chris has also co-authored three books: Holiness: The Power to Transform You, Your Church, and Your World with Jim Garlow, Christy Lipscomb, and Joann Lyon; Selecting Worship Songs: A Guide for Leaders with Constance Cherry and Mary Brown; and Unholiness: Overcoming the Forces that Attack Your Soul with Jim Lo.
He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of One Mission Society (OMS) and The Francis Asbury Society. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for Good News: A Forum for Scriptural Christianity in The United Methodist Church and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.
Chris' passion is to equip the next generation of leaders in the church with the full Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world. He and his wife Tamara have two children, a daughter – Maris and a son – Morgan.
August 6 - 11
Roger Casey has pastored churches on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He has spent a considerable amount of time engaged in missionary evangelism in Southern India. Roger's last pastorate, before retiring, in Manhattan spanned 18 years. He currently serves as a Bible teacher and an elder at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Milford PA.
August 13 - 18
Dr. Duffy Robbins is Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring Texas.
Duffy graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts and completed his Doctor of Ministry in Youth and Family Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
Duffy is the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (co-authored with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (co-authored with the lovely Maggie Robbins), There's a Teenager in My House (ed. Wayne Rice), Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples and NINTH, co-authored with Reggie Joiner and Kristin Ivy as part of Orange's Phase Project.
Duffy lives in Valley Forge, PA with his wife and best friend, Maggie. They have two grown daughters, Erin and Katie.
August 20 - 25
Dr. James Fleming, lecturer, is the director of Biblical Resources, LLC and the CEO of Biblical History Center, a museum of daily life in biblical times, located in LaGrange, GA. He obtained his Ed.D. degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX.
He has lived and worked as an archaeologist and educator in Israel since 1974 and has taught classes in the School for Overseas Students at Hebrew University and the Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.
Dr. Fleming has developed courses in historical geography and biblical history, uniquely tying the studies with the biblical text, with an emphasis on the theological implications. He is the author of several dozen notebooks and teaching materials that are an excellent help to pastors and leaders.
August 27 - September 1
Rev. David Cotton is in his 25th year as Manager of the Pastoral Care Department and Chair of Bioethics Consult at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ. In addition to his chaplaincy, Rev. Cotton has also served congregations in the Shore area as Pastor, Interim, and Parish Associate. He is currently a member of the ministry staff at Manasquan Presbyterian Church. He loves teaching the Bible and for over 20 years has led a July evening Bible study on the beach right here in Ocean Grove. Rev. Cotton is an Associate Trustee of the OGCMA and lives in Ocean Grove with his wife Margaret Joanne, a professional photographer. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren and participating in the life of the greater Ocean Grove community.