Adult Christian Formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation.  Every experience can provide an opportunity to express our faith; our challenge is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes countercultural life in a secular world.  Highlands United Methodist Church provides a diverse series of learning opportunities to help adults grow in their relationship with God and neighbor, develop a deeper understanding of the Bible and their faith tradition and participate in the life and ministries of the faith community.

Sunday School Classes


Meets in Room E 206

Explorers Class enjoys questioning and discussing scripture and books that challenge participants to grow and live faithful lives.

Contact Matthew Penfield.


Meets in Room E210

New Class is open to all adults regardless of age or marital status and welcomes different perspectives from persons at various stages of faith journeys.  

Contact Bill Clark.


Meets in Room E204

Red Berry Class is an eclectic group of seniors studying a wide range of religious, historic as well as contemporary topics that impact faith development.  

Contact Bill Satterfield.


Meets in Room E209

Upper Room Class explores all aspects of Holy Scripture to determine when & why each component was written.  

Contact Bill Hairston III.

Short Term Study Groups


Seasonal short-term studies, such as Advent and Lenten classes, are offered for 3-6 weeks on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings.  Our most recent class used readings from Watch For the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas, lead by Mike Buchannan and Malcolm Carmichael.

Begining in March, we will offer a Lenten book study using Adam Hamilton's The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.


Short term studies on various books are held on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings. Most recently, Highlands offered a five-session class on Accidental Saints:  Finding God in All the Wrong Places by Nadia Bolz-Weber and a 5 session class on Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine. Other recent studies include What the Bible Says About Homosexuality led by Reggie Holder and Living the Psalms led by Rev. Mikah Hudson.


The Young Adult Disciple Bible Study meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Griffin-Williams room.

Contact George Gaskin.


United Methodist Women

Men's Group

United Methodist Women strives to be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. 

At Highlands, the United Methodist Women support the ministries of the church through missions outreach and educational scholarship programs.  The UMW meet monthly in small group Circles for Bible study and special programs.  Their annual meeting is held in the Fall.  If you would like to be involved with the United Methodist Women at Highlands, contact Carolyn Delk

On the surface, the Highlands Men's Group is a gathering of men that get together once a month for all-you-can-eat pizza. But we are much more than that.  We are building a strong fellowship of men that support each other and help each other grow as men of faith.  We do several service projects throughout the year, including regularly serving in Community Ministries, tutoring, and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.  

This group is always open to new people and ideas.  Just come and join us to see what we are about.  For more information, contact Mark Chambers.


Throughout the year, Highlands provides special program series regarding faith development topics. Recently, the Emerging Voices series provided a seven-week Summer Sunday School class for all adults in which TED Talks or similar films were used to foster discussion of different faith perspectives. This series was led by church members age 40 or younger. On Wednesday evenings this Fall, we offered a nine-week speaker series covering diverse faith topics such as faith and healing, Islam, religious extremism, the Iona community, the Taizé movement, and the Quakers.