Adult Education

Do you want to grow in your understanding of the foundational and significant elements of your faith? Do you want to challenge yourself and your faith with new questions and new thinking? Come with us as we explore biblical study, spiritual formation, current events, and health and wholeness in our Adult Education classes.

For more information, contact Amey Upton, Director of Adult Education.

Navigating the Seas of Change

Adult Education Program 2016-2017

This ambitious theme for all our Adult Education classes began in September 2016. Each teacher and program addresses the rapidness of change we find in society, in our institutions, and within our families and calls us, as Christians, to think about our response.

Fall 2016 | Spring 2017

From Darkness to Light: Conversion Stories in the Book of Acts
April 23–May 21
Rev. Dr. Katherine Grieb, Meade Professor of Biblical Interpretation & New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary
This course is designed to reflect on the experience of the early Church, as described in the Acts of the Apostles, in dealing with both personal and social change. The English word “conversion” is related to the Greek word “metanoia,” which means a change of mind or a change of heart. Whether that involves repentance and return to the Lord, or gaining new insight about what God’s mission in the world requires of the Church and its members, we will be studying stories from Acts that involve changes of heart and mind. The title comes from a book by Beverly Gaventa, a Presbyterian Bible scholar who teaches at Baylor University. The course is designed to anticipate and to prepare us for Pentecost, because the Holy Spirit of God is the great change agent in the Church!

Reading and Learning the Bible

Every year, Pastor Larry Hayward leads an in-depth course focused on reading the Bible, alternating between the Old and New Testaments. In the class, you will read the entire Testament, learning the basic content of the book and exploring the text in detail. Together with the class, you’ll reflect on how those texts and the Bible as a whole impact our faith and life. Learn what it means to say the Bible has “authority,” is “inspired,” is the “word of God,” and is the “unique and authoritative witness to Christ.”

Reading and Learning the New Testament
September 10–November 19, 2017 and January 21–April 29, 2018
Sundays, 4-6 PM in Haverkamp Room

Members, friends, and visitors–people of any faith tradition–are welcome to take the course. The classes are made up of people who have taken previous courses led by Larry Hayward, as well as people who have never taken a Biblical class before! All we ask is for a commitment to reading about two hours per week (about three chapters a day), and participation in discussions as able and willing, with an openness to differing interpretations presented in class and in discussions with others. The course is $20. Sign up will begin soon!

Each person in the class needs their own Bible, and Bibles need to be brought to class. Dr. Hayward uses, and prefers you also use, The New Interpreter’s Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha (2003, ISBN-13: 978-0-687-27832-9). (Approximate cost: $35-$40.)

For those taking the current Old Testament course, handouts and audio recordings can be found on the WPC page.

Join the Adult Education Planning Team!

It takes a vital community to plan our Adult Education classes and programs. The WPC Adult Education Subcommittee explores many options and together we choose topics, formats, and programs that challenge us to question and explore our faith and to grow in the love of Christ. Many hands are required to continue our high quality adult education. I invite you to join us in planning and brainstorming! Call or email Amey Upton to see how you might be able to help.

Reformed Institute Programs

The Reformed Institute was created in 2003 to address a growing need among Presbyterian churches in the Washington DC area to celebrate, support and enhance understanding of the Reformed (Presbyterian) heritage. AS a member church, Westminster and our members often participate in Reformed Institute programs and events. For more information, please visit or contact Mary Hill, Program Coordinator for the Reformed Institute, at [email protected].