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.
Registration for our fall semester of home groups has closed. If you have not signed up for a group and are interested to join contact Covenant Life Pastor Michael Sparks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 now working as a banker with Leaders Credit Union. Megan grew up in Middle TN, graduated from the University of Memphis with a BSN, and is working as a nurse in the NICU at Jackson General. They have two children, Jeb, 5, and Chloe, 7. They live across the street from Fellowship where they have attended for four years. They have enjoyed growing in their relationship with Christ through home groups with this being their second season leading. If you are registering for this group and will need childcare please email email@example.com.
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.
Bryan and Tricia have been at Fellowship since 2008. They have been married over 20 years and have two sons (9th and 11th 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).
Jacob and Destiny were both born in southern California and moved to Tennessee in 2013. They have been married for 12 years and have 3 children, Radiance who is 8 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-in-training. They both recognize the value of home groups as an opportunity to grow deeper in their relationships with others.This group will meet on Wednesday nights at the south campus Church office.
Wesley and Deborah started dating in college and have been married for 36 years. They live in Bells and have two grown children, Worth and Anne Wallis. Worth, wife Natalie, and their son Sam live in Bells and attend Fellowship. Anne Wallis lives in Nashville. The Eubanks have attended Fellowship for five years and believe home groups are a great tool for connecting and developing relationships with other believers. This group will be meeting online.
Ryan and Alexis met while serving in Fellowship Student Ministries in 2014. Ryan’s career took them to Nashville and they got married in 2016. After living in Nashville for 5 years and welcoming their daughter, Addalyn Rose, into the world, they felt the call to come back home to Jackson. They loved serving in their Nashville church and leading a small group of young adults and wanted to do the same at Fellowship. With the current atmosphere of our community, Ryan and Alexis want to provide an online community for those who feel safer at home, but still want to cultivate relationships. Their group will meet online via Zoom on Tuesdays at 7PM to provide a place where young married couples (with or without children) can join in community with one another.
Andy and Melissa have been members of FBC since 2013. We 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. We 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”. We married July 26, 1986. We 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 we 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! We realized our spiritual gifts of hospitality and leadership have blessed us with many opportunities to host small groups and lead many years of bible study. We 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 we call LIFE! Our desire is to know Jesus more and to make Him known to others that are so desperate for a savior. Community is our life! We look forward to this new season.
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. This year they are excited about their grandson, Maison, coming to live with them while attending Union as a senior. 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.
Jeff and Andrea Hay have been married for 31 years, are empty nesters and parents of two sons ages 23 and 26. They reside in Haywood County just outside of Brownsville and have been involved in ministry for about 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 6 years and have been serving as Home Group leaders for three years. Grady and Amanda Stanton have been married for 19 years and homeschool their two daughters, Abby (12) and Zoe (10). They live in Jackson and enjoy hosting and growing with their Home Group each year. They have attended Fellowship for 9 years and have served in the kindergarten class for 8 years. They have been serving as Home Group leaders for 3 years.
Darrell and Tracey King both grew up in Jackson, but after 18 years away, returned home and joined Fellowship in 2017. Both deeply believe that community found in small group Bible study is essential to a healthy and growing relationship with Christ. Darrell and Tracey have been married for 29 years and have two adult children—Kathryn, who lives in Washington DC, and Will, a senior at UT Knoxville.
Karl and Denise have been married for 33 years and have attended Fellowship for 11 years. They have 3 adult children and 2 granddaughters. They have worked in youth, women and children ministries and enjoy watching the Vols and boating.
Andrew and Rian met in high school. Andrew played baseball for a few years after high school before attending and graduating from Union University. He now works in banking. Rian studied at Union University, where she graduated with a MSW, and is currently working as a Recovery Court Coordinator in Somerville, TN. They have one dog, Pete the pug, who enjoys attending home group. They live right inside of Humboldt, about 10-12 minutes from the church and have been attending Fellowship for about 7 years now. They are excited to continue to build on their relationship with Christ and His people through home groups.
Rob and Ashleigh Maxwell have been married for four years and have two sons , Mays (2 years) and Harper (9 months). Rob is an Algebra teacher and baseball coach at Northside High School and Ashleigh is a hairstylist 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. If you are registering for this group and will need childcare please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We married 23 short years ago and are recent empty nesters. Yippee! We have attended Fellowship for eight years now. Our desire for our home group is that through gathering in community, praise and prayer we would experience life and Christ’s power with each other, genuine Christlike love for one another, and finally sharpen each other to be better imitators of Christ Himself. Come join us!
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.
Hailey Golden Orange grew up in Jackson, TN. She recently got married on June 13th of this year to her wonderful husband Davis. They recently bought a house in Brownsville, TN and have a yellow lab named Suzy. She runs a financial planning practice here in Jackson with Northwestern Mutual. Her passion is leading by example in her career and personal life. Hard work pays off. She loves to travel and to make others feel like they can be their authentic self. Community and bonding has been a theme in her home groups and this will be her third year leading a home group. Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Fun, Finances. These 6 F’s are important things in her life and help align her goals and objectives to what really matters to her. Fun fact! She has gone sky diving TWICE-one time in Nashville, TN and the other was in Key West. Her mission is to empower and inspire people with whom she develops relationship.
Michael and Mandy Page have three children, Lilly (7), Jonah (5), and Anna Belle (1). Andrew and Alexis Long have one child, Joanna (2). They have been collectively leading this group for four years. This season has been a great reminder of the gift of Christian fellowship. Both families love spending time with friends/family 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 one another and increase “in the knowledge of God” together, which will ultimately lead to the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. If you are registering for this group and will need childcare please email email@example.com.
Tre’ and Blake Painter are a young married couple who puts all of their energy into their church, work, and two puppies. Their relationship is based around Christ and trying to be as nonjudgmental of themselves and others as possible, so you won’t feel out of place here!
Keith and Beth Patterson have been attending Fellowship since May 2001. They have two children, Cole age 23 and Laura Kate age 21. 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.
Having come from different church backgrounds, we found our church home together at Fellowship in 2008. It has been amazing to grow our walk with the Lord both with each other and with the family we have made here. We have an eight-year-old son and two furry children (and have been known to spoil all three in equal measure!) Being in a Home Group is a great way to be intentional about growing together with fellow Christians, and we look forward to being a part of that as leaders. If you are registering for this group and will need childcare please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim and Judy Peterson, age mid 70’s, have been married for 46 years. They have five children, 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren. They are thankful for every extra day that God gives them the opportunity to share His love. They strive to show and share Christ with those God places in our lives, during any stage of life.
Randy and Susan Pierson met in high school and have been married for 37 years. They are blessed with six kids ranging in age from 17 to 31 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. They would love to have you join them!
Jeff and Karin have been attending Fellowship since November 2014, interrupted by a 2 year detour to Houston. They returned to Jackson one year ago and are happy to be back at Fellowship. They have been married 37 years and have adopted 10 children, ranging in age from 14 to 30. Karin is an avid photographer and oversees the home schooling of their children. Jeff enjoys home improvement projects. Jeff and Karin are not in the traditional season of life for a couple their age as they still have three 14 year olds! They suffered through 7 years of infertility and realized God’s leading to adopt their children. They desire that each group member would be built up in their faith, grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and develop meaningful relationships with one another. They want their group to be a place where people can rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
Rita Rasbach has been a member of Fellowship Bible Church for eight years. She has two sons, Will and Ben, and has been a widow for eighteen years. 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.
Dan & Whitney Sikes are native Jacksonians and have been members of Fellowship for 15 years. They have two children- Cooper who is 13 and Reese Ann who is 10. They love spending time together at the river and stay busy with kids’ sports and activities.
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 have been coordinators for the West Tennessee area with the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Ministry for the past 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 three rescued dogs, Buddy, Sally, and Jack! They are entering their fourth year leading a Home Group. They love growing in their faith, exploring God’s word, and learning from fellow believers. “We are a family!”
Brian and Kim Walker have been a part of Fellowship Bible Church for 12 years. Brian is a local physician, and Kim is a stay-at-home mom who volunteers in the Learning Center on Sunday mornings and in women’s ministry at Fellowship. They have been married 22 years and have 2 sons and 2 daughters, ranging in age from 10-18 years old. The Walkers love spending time with family and friends and especially enjoy traveling. Their desire for their home group is that the families can all grow in their relationships with God and each other as they study His word and serve & fellowship together.
Chris and Alison Weaver are the proud parents of four incredible children ages 20, 15, 10, and 8. Chris is a Nurse Anesthetist in his 14th 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. If you are registering for this group and will need childcare please email email@example.com.
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 a senior at Jackson Christian. They think he’s pretty neat.If you are registering for this group and will need childcare please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle & Laura Williams have been married 36 years & have lived in Jackson for 34 of those years. Kyle is an investment advisor and Laura is an attorney. Kyle has never won an argument. We have two grown children, both married & off the payroll. Empty nest is the best. We started attending Fellowship in 2006 and still have a hard time understanding Pastor Eugene. Sometimes it’s the accent and sometimes it’s the message. That’s why we’re facilitating Home Group discussions on Wednesday nights at 6:15pm.
John and Cathy joined Fellowship in 2018. They met in college and have been married for 22 years. They have three children: Noah, 18; Claire, 14; and Lucas, 11. 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. If you are registering for this group and will need childcare please email email@example.com.
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.
Are you interested in experiencing community in women’s ministry this fall? Join Fellowship Women on September 23 as we begin our weekly bible studies offered Wednesday mornings and evenings! For more information contact Women’s Ministry Leader Amy Ragon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*childcare provided both meeting times
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.
If you are considering joining Fellowship University, just click the button below or contact Covenant Life Pastor Michael Sparks at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Soul Care Pastor Will Chenault, along with partners in ministry Laura Freeman and Pepper Pratt from The Pratt Clinic, addresses the emotional and spiritual impacts of COVID-19 in today’s world. Click here to learn more.
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.