Adult Education & Opportunities


Middle Hour
Support Groups & Classes

There are many opportunities for adult education and growth at First Pres. Listed below are current classes and events; for more information, please contact Janet Sanders, Adult Ministries Coordinator, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or


New Testament Introduction

The study of the New Testament is critical for any follower of Jesus who desires to grow in their life of discipleship. This 10 week study will help participants develop an understanding of the content and structure of New Testament documents, and an awareness of the historical, literary, and theological contexts of the New Testament writings, specifically the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Primary attention will be given to the analysis of the text, while secondary, but critical, attention will be given to the first century historical context of these gospels.
Whether you are a seasoned reader of God's Word or exploring the Scriptures for the first time, you will find new insights and learning will encourage you in your faith journey. For more information, please contact Rev. Tom Elson at

Dates and Times: Wednesdays, September 13–November 15, 7–8:30 pm
Location: Room G207, Geneva Hall
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Tom Elson
Cost: There is no charge for participation. The text book, Introducing the New Testament, by Mark Allan Powel, is available through Amazon.

Learning to Read the New Testament in Greek

Chris Corwin, Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at New College Berkeley, and Mike Stewart, both First Pres members, are offering an opportunity often only found in a university or seminary setting. This class is a gentle introduction to New Testament Greek, meeting weekly for 1 hour, September- May. The class features traditional deductive grammar and reading the Gospel of Mark in Greek. Participants will likely spend 2-3 hours of study weekly outside of class. No previous experience is necessary.

Instructors: Chris Corwin, Phd and Mike Stewart
Date: September 10, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: Room G206, Geneva Hall
Timing: September–May, 2018
Cost: There is no charge for participation. The text book, Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, by William Mounce, is available through Amazon.
Let us know you are interested and your preferred date/time here


Summer Colloquium: Reformed & Reforming

Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation

Presentations from the speakers listed below are available through the Audio Library under Summer Colloquium 2017


Date Topic and Speaker
June 4

Reading the Word, Hearing the Spirit
Guest Speaker: Mark Labberton
President and Professor of Preaching, School of Theology Fuller Theological Seminary
June 11

500 Years of Reformation—2000 Years of Reform
Protestants and Catholics Striving for God

Guest Speaker: Zach Flanagin
Professor of Theology & Religious Studies Saint Mary’s College of California
June 18

Sola Gratia—Do you really want to be saved by grace alone?
Guest Speaker: John L. Thompson
Professor of Historical Theology and Gaylen and Susan Byker Professor of Reformed Theology, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
June 25

Mission & Justice—DR Congo Past and Present
Guest Speaker: Paul Tshihamba
Vice President for Church Engagement Congo Initiative USA (First Pres Mission Partner)

Reformation Resources

Pastor Mark Stryker has compiled a list of resources for further study on the Reformation including historical context, the Reformers, the Reformed Tradition, and guides for spiritual practice. Click here to download.

Making Sense with Scripture Series

This four-part series explored what is involved when we seek to interpret the Scriptures faithfully and discern together how the Bible may guide us as a community today. To listen to the first three sessions, please visit the Audio Library and click on Classes & Discussions. For more information, please contact Janet Sanders at