Home Groups are small groups comprised of 12-15 people that come together to study the Bible, care for one another, experience community, and encourage each other to live out their faith in Christ everyday. Each week, groups discuss a sermon-based curriculum. New participants have an opportunity to join a group three times a year during the fall, winter, or spring. Groups meet from 6-10 weeks.
Childcare is provided at the church for groups meeting on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
To view our Home Groups for Fall 2021, see below. Sign-ups will be from 8/8 – 8/22.
Doug and Julie met on a mission trip in 2003. Though Julie claims Doug fell for her at first glance, the two remained long-distance friends for the next six years. They have been married since 2010 and have two daughters, Cora Mae (7) and Audrey (5). Julie homeschools the girls and decorates cakes on the side. Doug is our Disciple Pastor and has been on staff at Fellowship Bible Church since 2016. In his spare time, he coaches CrossFit and is working toward a PhD in Theology.
The Blairs have lived in Jackson since 1999 and have been members of Fellowship for the past twelve years. Both Chris and Ashley teach in the Communication Arts department at Union University—Chris teaches film and digital media, and Ashley teaches public relations and organizational communication. They have passed along their love of travel, reading, movies, science fiction and Disney to their children, Madeline, 20, and Seth, 18, who are both studying at Union. Like so many others in this season of life, Chris and Ashley seek to balance caring for their children and their parents, while also balancing the demands of work, school, family and church. They are passionate about raising Godly children, maintaining a strong marriage, investing in the Jackson community, and building meaningful relationships in the church.
George and Lori Boyte are long-time Jackson folks whose Fellowship experience began in fall 2019. Married for 30 years now, they have two adult sons, Griffin and Eli. If you drop by their home, chances are you’ll find them either watching a baseball game or looking for something George has misplaced. They have a real history of small group experiences through both church and Young Life. Their life stories are a mixture of faith and wondering, disappointments but contentment, heartaches but laughs – lots of laughs.
Mike and Megan met while serving in the Army National Guard where they worked in intelligence. Mike joined the Marine Corps out of high school, graduated from Mississippi State and is working as a banker with Leaders Credit Union. Megan, a Murfreesboro native, graduated from the University of Memphis with a BSN and works as a nurse in the NICU at Jackson General while pursuing her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner degree. Their children Jeb, 6, and Chloe, 8 are growing way too fast. They live across the street from Fellowship where they have attended for five years. They have enjoyed growing in their relationship with Christ through home groups with this fall being their fifth season leading. *group closed
For the Campbells, Home Group provides an opportunity for spiritual growth, as well as, fostering compelling relationships. Charles and Debby consider it a pleasure on Wednesday evenings to experience growth in the likeness of our Lord with other believers. They invite you to experience community with them. *group closed
Bryan and Tricia have been at Fellowship since 2008. They have been married over 20 years and have two sons (12th and 10th grade). Bryan serves as the Vice President for Student Life at Union University and Tricia works at Faith Tutorial. The Carriers enjoy working outside, hiking, hunting and playing sports with their boys. They desire to dig deeper into God’s Word, to challenge each other to find out what pleases the Lord, and to hold each other accountable. “We understand that life is messy. Our prayer is that we will come alongside each other and be intentional in our shared life together”. The Carriers are navigating school, sports and work while seeking to live a balanced life in which they act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their God (Micah 6:8). *group closed
Jacob and Destiny were both born in southern California and moved to Tennessee in 2013. They have been married for 13 years and have 3 children, Radiance who is 9 yrs. old, Noah who passed away at the age of 2, and Ezekiel who is 2 yrs. old. Jacob and Destiny started attending Fellowship in October of 2015 and now attend our South Campus where Destiny helps serve in children’s ministry and Jacob is the pastor. They both recognize the value of home groups as an opportunity to grow deeper in their relationships with others.
Their Home Group is open to all ages. While most of them are pushing 50, they love to walk alongside younger couples and singles. As they dig deep into God’s word, they don’t take themselves too seriously. They love to laugh, they love to share and they love to “do life” together as they grow closer to Jesus. Oh… and they absolutely love welcoming new members into their family. They gather on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. *group closed
Wesley & Deborah Eubanks have attended Fellowship for seven years. They believe home groups are a great tool for connecting and developing relationships within the church. *group closed
Dawn and her husband became members of FBC in January of 2021. They relocated to Jackson last fall from KC, Mo. for his job with West Tennessee Healthcare. They have been married 35 years and have 2 daughters. Their oldest daughter Ashley lives in Thompson Station with her husband Cameron and their grandchildren Amelia who is 3 and Colton who is 4 months. Their youngest daughter lives in Lakeland with their grandson Carter who is also 3. Currently she is not working, but before their move to KC she served as Women’s Ministry Director at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett where they were members for 20 years. They were so excited to move back to Jackson to be closer to their girls and their families. She loves the Word of God. She loves growing spiritually alongside other women who also want to be more like Jesus. She is looking forward to making sweet relationships with the body of Christ at FBC.
Dean and Joan Garner came to Fellowship during the days of meeting in the gym at USJ. Involvement in Community Groups, Equipping Classes, Soul Care, Bible Study, and childcare work are some of the ways they have connected at church. They have been attending the South Campus for several years. Their six children are now grown and have given them nine grandchildren. Leading a Home Group has been a wonderful blessing where relationships have grown and been strengthened by the influence of the Word. They are excited to see what the Lord will do in this new season.
Ryan and Alexis met while serving in Fellowship Student Ministries in 2014 and got married 2 years later. After living in Nashville for 5 years and coming back home to Jackson, they have been intentional in creating a community of fellow believers trying to figure out marriage and parenting. They have a 2 year old, Addie, and are also currently fostering a 6 month old baby girl. When they aren’t making memories with their girls, Ryan works from home as a Sales Analyst and Alexis works at Fellowship in Fellowship Kids. Ryan and Alexis are open and honest about their faith and hope to create an environment that is welcoming to come as you are. *group closed
Andy and Melissa have been members of FBC since 2013. They were both raised in the Methodist denomination and in 1989 made the move to interdenominational ministries. Andy is a Jackson native and Melissa is a Memphis native. They met at Lambuth University in 1983 and after graduation in 1984, Melissa moved back to Memphis. She then returned back to Jackson where she moved in an apartment above Andy and that is when their friendship grew into something greater than “just friends”. They married July 26, 1986. They have 3 grown children and 1 cat and 3 dogs. Andy’s mom, Nancy Hall, lives with them in a mother n law suite and also attends FBC. Over the last 30 years they have been involved with teaching children’s Sunday School classes, leading bible studies, and involved with parachurch ministries YoungLife, FCA, Teen Challenge, CEF, Bill Glass Prison Ministry, as well as serving on different boards and being involved with service clubs in our community. In 2013, Melissa was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer, then in 2015 her cancer spread to her brain. Later she developed NPH (normal pressure hydrocephalus) which led to her having a shunt installed for her balance. Today she is doing great!! Praise God! They realized their spiritual gifts of hospitality and leadership have blessed them with many opportunities to host small groups and lead many years of bible study. They love community and believe in the covenant umbrella of meeting in small groups in order to grow in wisdom, spirituality in order to help others walk through this fascinating journey that they call LIFE! Their desire is to know Jesus more and to make Him known to others that are so desperate for a savior. Community is their life! They look forward to this new season. *group closed
Steve and Paulette Hammond have been involved with Fellowship since it began. Steve is a physician employed at The Jackson Clinic and Paulette works part-time at Vineyards. They will have been married 47 years this December. They have raised three children and have seven grandchildren. Their oldest and youngest children, Stephen Jr. and Matthew, are members of Fellowship as well. Their daughter Mary DeVan lives with her husband and three children in Franklin, Tn. They have been Home Group leaders for more than 16 years. Their Home Group enjoys diving deeper into God’s word, learning together, and praying for each other. *group closed
Jeff and Andrea Hay have been married for 32 years, are empty nesters and parents of two sons. They reside in Haywood County just outside of Brownsville and have been involved in ministry for over 30 years, Their previous roles include teaching adolescents and teenagers, Women’s Missionary Union, adult Bible study leaders, and domestic and foreign missions. Their desire is to serve the Lord and to establish meaningful relationships with other believers in the process. They have been attending Fellowship Bible Church for about 8 years and have been serving as Home Group leaders for four years. Grady and Amanda Stanton have been married for 19 years and homeschool their two daughters, Abby (13) and Zoe (11). They live in Jackson and enjoy hosting and growing with their Home Group each year. They have attended Fellowship for 10 years and have served in the kindergarten class for several years. They have been serving as Home Group leaders for 4 years.
Andrew and Rian started attending Fellowship around 2013 and have been part of numerous home groups since then. This will be their 3rd year leading a home group. Andrew graduated from Union University with a business degree and is now working in the banking industry. Rian graduated Union University with her MSW and is now working as a Coordinator in a Recovery Court Program. They live right inside of Humboldt about 10-12 minutes from Fellowship. Home Groups have become one of their favorite ministries within the church and are excited to continue serving in this area. *group closed
Rob and Ashleigh Maxwell have been married for five years and have two sons, Mays and Harper. Rob is a teacher and baseball coach at Northside High School and Ashleigh is a hairstylist at Bliss Salon. Jeff and Paige McCormick have been members of Fellowship since 2018. They have one son, Micah (11) who attends TCA. Jeff is a Hearing Care Practitioner for Beltone and Paige is a Hair and Makeup Artist at Bliss salon. If you’re looking for a place to be welcomed as you are and enjoy easy conversations of faith, family, and all things life, that’s these two. *group closed
Mary and David McVay have been married 40 years and have been in Jackson for 22 years. They have been at Fellowship for about 17 years. They have two grown daughters, Jessica Rider and Sydney McVay and two grandchildren Hank Rider and Ann Tipton Rider. They have been greeters for 17 years and love to be involved. They have been retired for 2 years and are looking forward to traveling and this chapter of their lives. They have been in Home Groups since they were formed and have developed strong relationships with those individuals. They have participated in a variety of covenant activities. Although they know we are all at different stages of sanctification, they hope to help all continue to grow in their faith. *group closed
Michael and Mandy Page have three children, Lilly (8), Jonah (6), and Anna Belle (1). Andrew and Alexis Long have one child, Joanna (3). They have been collectively leading this group for five years. Covid has been a great reminder to them of the gift of Christian relationships. Both families love spending time with friends/family, being outdoors and getting to know new people. They believe that the greatest purpose of Christian relationships is summed up well in 2 Thessalonians 1:12 which says, “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Christ is most glorified as Christians love and encourage one another to “bear fruit in every good work and in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10) together. This will ultimately lead to the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. They look forward to sharing life with you.
Keith and Beth Patterson have been attending Fellowship since May 2001. They have two children, Cole age 24 and Laura Kate age 22. Keith is an insurance agent, who specializes in employee benefits. Beth is a physical therapist, and owns a practice in Jackson. Through the years at Fellowship they have served in children’s ministry, facilitated Home Groups, and functioned as ushers in the Chapel service. They enjoy outdoor activities, yoga, and chocolate ice cream.
Nelson and Paulette Piercey have been married for 53 years. They have 3 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Their group really enjoys each others’ company and the opportunity to love on and pray for each other. Their group meets on Sunday nights at 6:30.
Randy and Susan Pierson met in high school and have been married for 38 years. They are blessed with six kids ranging in age from 19 to 33 and five grandchildren. Randy is one of the pastors here at Fellowship and has been involved since day one. Susan has served in the women’s ministry working with young mothers and is currently teaching in the Learning Center. They lead a diverse Home Group that includes couples who are empty nesters as well as those with young children. *group closed
Rita Rasbach became a member of Fellowship Bible Church in 2012. She has two sons, Will and Ben, and has been a widow since 2001. Will and his wife, Susan, live in Savannah, TN, and have three girls (Ceci, Lizzie, Collins). Ben and his wife, Tracy, live in Jackson, attend Fellowship and have three boys (Baylor, Fariss, Baker). Originally from Dyersburg, TN, Rita retired from education in Savannah, TN, after 40 years and moved to Jackson. She is now enjoying her six grandchildren and loves to travel. She loves the many worthwhile activities at Fellowship, especially her Home Group. She has made sweet and lasting friendships and has grown spiritually with her sisters in Christ. *group closed
Larry Rogers and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 4 years. The good Lord brought them together in December 2015. They started coming to Fellowship Bible Church in 2017. Larry is the head of security at the South Campus in Bemis and Sheila works the Connect Counter. They enjoy doing Home Group every Sunday night at David and Christy Gibbons’ house. Start time is 5:00pm. God has blessed Sheila and him with a loving church family and they are so grateful. If you are looking for a home group they would be happy to have you.
Kim and Michael have been married 11 years with a blended family of 6 grown children & 7 grandkids. Michael is a charter member of Fellowship Bible Church and has served as the Men’s Pastor for over 9 years. Kim is a teacher at Faith Home School Tutorial here in Jackson, TN. They are Peach enthusiasts and have a seasonal “Peach Tour “ business in the summer. They love sports, outdoor activities & time with family. *group closed
Dakota and Kalee are high school sweethearts and recent Union grads. They were married in 2019 and just celebrated the birth of their first baby, Ben, earlier this summer. Dakota is an electrical engineer at ABB in Alamo, TN while Kalee stays home with Ben. They have attended Fellowship since coming to Union in 2017 and have loved serving with students through FSM. They love to host people in their home, cook dinner for friends, and play disc golf whenever possible.
Ralph and Carol Thomas have been members of Fellowship since May of 2009. They joined after they visited Fellowship to explore contemporary worship for another church. The Holy Spirit spoke to both of them in that visit, and they left a church they had belonged to for over 20 years. Ralph serves on the Praise team and loves serving and worshiping through his gift of music. Carol taught 3 & 4-year-olds for about five years. She has also been very active in the Women’s Ministry and has completed her third year of Fellowship University. She also volunteers at Isaac Lane Elementary School for Team Read. They were coordinators for the West Tennessee area with the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Ministry for 11 years. Ralph (“Ruthy’s Son” on the radio) is the Account Marketing Strategist at Forever Communications. Carol recently retired from her career with West Tn. Healthcare. They have two children, Peter and Abby. They are also passionate about their three grandchildren, Perry, Clare, and Lewis, and they have two rescued dogs, Buddy and Sally. They are entering their fifth year co-leading a Home Group with Ron and Marie Moen. They love growing in their faith, exploring God’s word, and learning from fellow believers. “We are a family!” *group closed
Brian & Kim Walker have been a part of Fellowship Bible church for 13 years and Home Group leaders for the past 8 years. They are the parents of 2 sons & 2 daughters ranging from 11-19 years old. The Walkers’ desire is that their Home Group families will grow closer to God and each other as they study the Bible together, fellowship, challenge and encourage one another in their walk with the Lord. *group closed
Chris and Alison Weaver are the proud parents of four incredible children ages 21, 16, 11, and 9. Chris is a Nurse Anesthetist in his 15th year of practice with West Tennessee Healthcare and Alison owns a travel agency with agents all across the United States. They love to travel all over the world, but love coming home to the people and culture of the south. This group focuses on the real-life—celebrating the wins and mourning the losses together. The Weavers have been leading a group for seven years and feel that it has been a constant blessing to experience true covenantal relationships through this ministry. *group closed
After moving to Jackson, Chas and Jennifer Weems started attending Fellowship in January of 2018. The best decision they made was to join a home group immediately. After many years of membership at a small rural church, home groups have given them the opportunity to connect, develop friendships, and “do life” with their new church community. Chas has enjoyed leading Financial Peace and Jennifer has been active in the church’s women’s ministries and worship arts. When Chas isn’t working, you can find him playing with heavy equipment in the dirt or riding around town with his Great Dane hanging his head out the window. In her spare time, Jennifer serves as a board member at the Dream Center and pretends to be a famous singer in her living room. They have a son, Burch, who is attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. They think he’s pretty neat.
Kyle & Laura Williams have been married 36 years & have lived in Jackson for 35 of those years. Kyle is an investment advisor and Laura is an attorney. They have two grown children, both married & off the payroll. They also have a 1 year granddaughter. Empty nest is the best. They started attending Fellowship in 2006. They are facilitating Home Group discussions on Wednesday nights at 6:15pm. They welcome diverse ages and stages of life as they learn from each other.
Jonny and Laura met a Union University in 2014 where they were both Athletic Training students. Jonny remained at Union to pursue his master’s degree in Arts of Education with an emphasis in Sports Leadership while Laura was finishing up her undergraduate degree. They began dating in 2016, then later married in 2018 while living in Memphis as Laura finished up her Doctor of Physical Therapy. They moved back to Jackson in 2019 and began attending Fellowship at that time. Jonny works at Union as the Director of Campus Recreation and the Head Strength Coach for athletics and Laura works at Jackson General. In their spare time, they enjoy working out and cooking together as well as hanging out with family and friends.
John and Cathy joined Fellowship in 2018. They met in college and have been married for 23 years. They have three children: Noah, 19; Claire, 15; and Lucas, 12. John works as a consultant for an IT company and Cathy teaches at Augustine School here in Jackson. They look forward to the opportunity to host a home group again this semester.
Herron and his wife, Alice have been attending Fellowship since 2003. They have served in several capacities which makes Fellowship all the more enjoyable to us. Alice serves on the worship team and Herron has spent time in the learning center, usher team, assimilation team, and they have been home group leaders. They have a son Zachary, who is starting his last year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a daughter Hannah, who will start her senior year at TCA. With that said, they are transitioning into the empty nest season of our life in the next year. They enjoy home groups because it helps us grow stronger in the word with sermon based discussions and also helps them grow stronger relationships with those we serve with.
Fellowship Women is committed to spiritual growth of women through the study and application of God’s Word and by encouraging authentic, biblical relationships with one another. Study opportunities feature a variety of in-depth and topical studies. Women’s Bible Study is offered on a trimester basis: Fall, Winter, and Spring.
The majority of our bible study offerings are on Wednesdays, with a variety of options to meet women where they are in their walk with the Lord. Morning and evening options available to fit with your schedule. Childcare is provided.
Our women’s prayer group meets on Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 in the Worship Center (Equipping Room 2). This is an intentional corporate prayer time to echo in prayer God’s promises and desires for his people. Whether you are just learning how to pray or you have been doing it for years this is a special place for women to intercede for the church using God’s word.
fe2 Mentoring Network exists to encourage, equip and multiply women to invest in relational stewardship through fellowship as we intentionally study truth and practically live it out in our sphere of influence.
In addition to small groups, Fellowship Women encourages all women to take the next step in relationship with other believers. The mentoring network was established to support women as they seek out weekly mentor opportunities and make disciples both within the body and in the community. fe2 Gatherings are offered on a regular basis to foster fun, fellowship, and spiritual growth for those in mentoring relationships.
Fellowship University is an opportunity to join with others who are pursuing a deeper understanding of God’s Word. The courses in Fellowship University are divided into a three-year curriculum. Groups meet once a week during the school year for in-depth Bible study and discussion. To put it simply, Fellowship University is much like a seminary program. In partnership with biblicaltraining.org, the courses cover biblical content, theology, and biblical interpretation.
In men’s small groups, our goal is to grow compelling relationships with God and others so that we might have an irresistible influence in our world. We desire to create a band of brothers who learn from God’s word, which then propels us out of the rubble of life and into the adventure of following Jesus. In doing so, we provide opportunities to study God’s word, embark on adventures, and fellowship with one another in service projects.
If you are interested in participating in men’s groups, contact Michael Sparks at email@example.com.
We invite you to join us for Story Groups, a six-week experience where you process your unique story in light of God’s Larger Story. For many over the years these groups have been both redemptive and transforming. This year we have moved to a new online format for more people to connect. For more information, contact Will at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the video where Soul Care Pastor Will Chenault and friends discuss why Story Groups should be an experience for everyone.
God’s word teaches us that the world we live in is not as God created it. We live in a corrupted creation where we experience the consequences of our own sin, the sin of others against us, and a creation that has been subjected to futility. But because of God’s power, mercy and love, his plan to have a people who reflect his character, has not ultimately been frustrated by sin. God has acted in Jesus to free us from the penalty and power of sin. Now, he is shepherding all who believe, on a journey where he is transforming us to be more conformed to the image of his Son.
A Story Group is not a therapy group; rather, it is a ministry where godly, mature and trained leaders come alongside you to carefully listen to your story, so they can help you recognize the journey Jesus is calling you to walk on with him. We want you to see God for who he really is so that you’re compelled to live in his larger story for his glory and your good.
There are two groups of people we have in mind:
First, all of us have experienced suffering because we are broken people living in a broken world. Within Story Groups, you will seek to find God’s meaning and redemptive purposes in both the good and difficult chapters of your life. Story Groups are designed to be helpful for believers to recall past experiences and find the meaning God has written there. To understand how individual events fit into the bigger themes of your life and to write down your stories in a way that reflects God’s authorship of your life. Story Groups help you identify the passions that drive you and see how God uses them to guide you into the future. Finally, in Story Group, you will learn to tell your story in a way that brings glory to God and reveals him to others. We want to help you grow in your understanding of the story you are living in, and the story God is inviting you into. If you desire truthful interaction and genuine loving encouragement to live more fully in God’s story, then please consider registering for a Story Group.
Secondly, we recognize there are people with shepherding gifts within our church. Because of this, Story Group ministry is a great place for people to be exposed to our model for shepherding the heart of people in the Gospel. It is a strategic place where you can grow personally or become better equipped to use your gifts in those contexts.
Story Groups are six weeks long and meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm. We begin each session with a thirty-minute large group teaching time centered on understanding story work. After the teaching, we divide into small, gender specific groups of six to seven people, which is led by a trained and skilled facilitator. Each week, an individual within the group will read part of their story and interact.
If you have any questions about Soul Care groups, please contact Soul Care Pastor Will Chenault at email@example.com.
Hope Beyond Loss is a 10-week class where individuals will learn helpful categories in order to walk through grief, loss and suffering. The format is both a combination of lecture and personal sharing. This class is led by those who have experienced personal loss and as a result, have a great desire to walk well with those who are suffering- to truly weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).
Having conducted this class annually for almost a decade, there have been many who have met fellow pilgrims through this class who are acquainted with suffering and loss and as a result, have encountered a powerfully healing community of faith.
In a church that’s all about relationships, it makes sense that small groups are a big deal.
We believe that covenant groups are an important way to get connected with Fellowship. It’s difficult to be truly plugged in at a local church without regularly meeting together with other believers to discuss God’s word and pray together. We offer covenant groups in many different areas at Fellowship. Learn more about our groups by calling our church office at 731.668.5800 or stop by the Connect Center on Sunday morning.