If you’re married and in your 30’s life can be pretty hectic. Parenting, careers, child activities, church events, and planning for the future are often juggled on a weekly basis. In light of that pace of life Jesus said “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33). You want a fulfilled life, marriage, and family? God says to put Him and His Kingdom work at the top of your priority list. The Married 30’s ministry here at Bellevue seeks to equip and inspire families to Love God, Love People, Share Jesus, and Make Disciples…despite the hustle and bustle of life! Come visit one of our Married 30’s Life Groups and take the first step in building meaningful relationships, increasing your intimacy with Jesus, being filled with Biblical truth, and gaining a passion for the mission and vision of Bellevue Baptist Church. Click on the groups and events below and take that first step of connecting to our ministry.
Jeff & Julie Foreman
The Foreman Life Group loves to encourage other couples to go deeper in their walk with the Lord and to train their children to grow and love the Lord. Jeff & Julie met in Bellevue’s College Ministry and have been married 13 years. Jeff is the Owner/Manager of Monsarrat Pallet Co and Julie homeschools their four children (11, 9, 7, 5).
Co-led by David Mashour and Gary Morrow
The Love Well Life Group looks for ways to interact with people, both inside and outside, of the Bellevue Appling campus. They aim to share the love of Jesus with others through specific ministry events (small, medium, and large) as well as perform various “random acts of kindness.” In a nutshell, the Love Well class has a DNA of “Serving Out.”
Phil & Wendy Powers
The Powers Life Group is welcoming of new families, supportive of each other, and the material and discussions are very challenging. The Powers have been married for 33 years. They have 3 children and 2 grandkids! They have been teaching for 12 years! Phil enjoys golf, traveling, and black & white films.
Room F246 | Co-Ed
This Life Groups consists of singles in their 20-30s. We focus on biblical truth, while applying it to our lives and everyday walk with the Lord. Nathan serves at Bellevue as the Young Adult Singles Ministerial Assistant. In his spare time he enjoys spending it with friends and family.
Wilhelm & Ingrid Torres
The Torres Life Group has short times of worship and teaching with strong fellowship and it’s all in Spanish! Bilinguals and non-Spanish speakers are always welcome. Wilhelm & Ingrid have one daughter (18). Venga y participé en un grupo de vida que motiva todos a Amar a Dios, Amar al Prójimo, Predicar el Evangelio, y Hacer Discípulos.
Mike & Amy Wages
The Wages Life Group is built around Acts 2:42-47. They rally around each other, rejoice with each other, and are committed to strengthening and protecting their families by training, encouraging, and motivating individuals to be better husbands, wives, and parents through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Mike & Amy have been married 16 years. They have two children (12, 9). Mike is a CPA and Amy is a stay-at-home mom.
Jason & Cassidy Alexander
The Alexander Life Group is interactive. They focus on building relationships in order to grow closer. They take the truth of the Bible very seriously and themselves – not so much! You will find a laid back atmosphere aimed to make everyone comfortable. Jason & Cassidy have been married for 8 years. They have three children (2, 2, 1). Jason owns a commercial cleaning business and Cassidy works in pharmaceutical sales.
Dana & Cassandra Leake
The His Servants Life Group has a passion to impact the lives of its members with the truth of God’s Word. Discipleship and serving the community is at the heart of what they do. If you desire to grow in your spiritual life and be challenged by brothers and sisters who will keep you accountable then make it a point to visit this group. Dana is the Senior Director of Operations for ServiceMaster and Cassandra is an Officer for the Memphis Police Department. They have been married 22 years and they have a son (19).
Frank & Virginia Roberts
The Roberts Life Group is a fun group of active young families who connect throughout the week to do life and ministry together. They place a strong emphasis on diving deeply into Scripture through lecture and discussion. Frank is the manager of Memphis WaterWorks and Palladio Garden and enjoys gardening, hunting, and woodworking. Virginia is an occupational therapist and enjoys cooking, homemaking, and playing with the kids. They have been married 10 years and have three children (5, 4, 1).
Shelton & Brandy Johnson
The Johnson Life Group believes discipleship and ministry start in the home and in the marriage. A personal relationship with Jesus is promoted as the first priority. As a result, their studies and class discussions focus on growing in a personal relationship with Jesus, marriage, family, and loving others through serving at Bellevue and throughout the community. “God has done an amazing work in our marriage and in the lives of many of our members.” You will find transparency, fellowship, and accountability in their life group. Shelton and Brandy have been married 15 years and have 2 children (12, 10). Shelton is the General Manager at Dillard’s Wolfchase and Brandy is a stay-at-home mom.
Jerry & Morgan Harrington
The Harrington Life Group has a high focus on marriage, family, disciple-making, and world missions. Their Life Group members have said they like the solid biblical teaching and practical application and they are drawn to the “faith family” atmosphere of the group. Jerry works at Metropolitan Bank and loves to run, fish, hunt, and golf. Morgan is an artist and enjoys painting, antique shopping, traveling, and spending time with family. They have been married for 14 years and they have three children (11, 9, 5).
Jamie & Cheryl Baker
Room F241/243 | Co-Ed
Jamie and Cheryl are active homeschool parents of their daughter. They enjoy spending time together as a family and often Serve Out at Bellevue’s Frayser campus and other ministries in the church.
Our Life Group is made up of singles in their 20’s and 30’s. We focus on biblical truth and how it relates to our everyday life as well as going through culturally relevant biblical topics. The class has an inviting group environment and regularly gathers together for functions outside of the Sunday morning. We serve out through Bellevue Frayser regularly as well as through Bellevue Loves Memphis events.
Ray & Stefanie Lewallen
Room F247 | Co-Ed
Ray & Stefanie have served as Life Group leaders since 2011. They are pro-life activists and Stefanie volunteers as a sidewalk counselor for Precious in His Sight. Rays serves out through Bellevue Loves Memphis projects regularly and currently serves as chaplain for a high school sports team. Ray and Stefanie have three children, Parker, Corley (married to Nathan Franks), and Zach.
Our Life Group is made up of young singles in their 20’s and early 30’s. We focus on making the bible application to life. The class regularly gathers together for functions outside of the Sunday morning.
Room F233 | Men
James and his wife Tanya have 4 children and have been married 16 years. James is the Vice President of Merchandising at Crestview Collection and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and coaching their children’s sports. James also enjoys serving Bellevue as deacon and disciple-making.
Our Life Group is made up of men in their 20’s and early 30’s. Our class is comprised of men with and without children. Our lessons are focused on developing men to be godly leaders at home, at work and in the community. Outside of Sunday morning, this class regularly joins the Young Adult Ministry through get-togethers, social events, and discipleship groups.
Tanya Franks and Brooke Sullivan
Room F235 | Ladies
Tanya serves as Bellevue’s Young Adult Singles Director. Tanya and James have been married 16 years and have four children: Ethan, Lauren, Adrian and Addison. Tanya enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her husband and investing into the lives of young adults.
Brooke and her husband Josh have 2 girls, Sydney and Ruby Claire. Brooke is a part-time pharmacist and a full-time mom. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Our Life Group is made up of single ladies in their 20’s and early 30’s. We take an extensive, in depth, verse by verse study of the bible each week. We seek to be women of the Word, challenge one another in our personal walk with the Lord, and encourage one another to make a Kingdom impact in our workplaces, community and the world. We enjoy gathering outside of Sunday mornings through dinner parties and events within the Young Adult Singles ministry. We serve out regularly at Bellevue Frayser.
Mark Smith, Brad Wood & Josh Regel
Room F227 | Coed Young Professional Singles
Brad and Melanie have 3 children. They met in Bellevue’s Young Adult Ministry and married in 2003. Brad enjoys serving Bellevue as a deacon, a volunteer for Guest Service Ministry and prayer ministry. Melanie volunteers in the nursery and enjoys working at Camp Outrageous. Both have a passion for making disciples.
Mark and Cheri have been married for 33 years and have 3 young adult married children and one in high school. We served in the college ministry for about 8 years and are now ministering in the singles Young Professionals Class. We see this community within our church as one of high priority. They will lead our church in the years ahead. We consider it a privilege to share life with them and to encourage them in their relationship with Christ. Mark and I believe in the importance of discipleship and have lead several groups while serving in both the college and singles ministry.
Josh and Summer met at UT Health Science Center while attending pharmacy school and were married in 2001. They own and operate Regel Pharmalab, a compounding pharmacy, located in Germantown, TN. Josh enjoys outdoor sports, hunting, and is an avid Tennessee football fan. Summer enjoys cooking, reading, and outdoor activities with family. As a family, they enjoy sporting events, vacationing together, and especially the beach. Teaching in the Young Professional Class and discipling young adults has proven to be a highlight their life and they look forward to what God has in store for them in the days ahead.
Our Life Group is made up of young professional singles in their 20’s and early 30’s. We focus on topics that apply biblical truth to our career, workplaces, and daily lives, as well as going through culturally relevant biblical topics. Discipleship is at the heart of everything we do. Each leader and wife meets throughout the year with members from our class for one-on-one and group discipleship. Outside of Sunday Morning Life Group, we enjoy going out to lunch, game nights, and simply being together. We serve out regularly through Bellevue Frayser and host outreach lunches at the BCM-HSC-University of Tennessee.
Richard & Kendal Booker
The Booker Life Group launched in May of 2016. They are one of the younger married groups with couples in their early to mid 30’s. They feature a book-by-book and verse-by-verse study of God’s Word. The teaching style is lecture with discussion time. Richard is the Enviornment, Health, and Safety Manager for Georgia-Pacific Technical and Innovation Center. Richard graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Education degree. Kendal is an Occupational Therapist and teaches at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. They have been married 7 years and have two children (2, baby).
Chris and Shelby Vafinis
The Vafinis Life Group builds their class teaching and discussion around the Sunday sermon. How did the Holy Spirit speak to you in the service? How can we apply this to our lives? Our families? How can we pass this along to our children? This is the heart of what they do. They spend time praying for one another and discussing prayer requests. Chris works in Pricing Analytics at Servicemaster and enjoys fine-tuning the sports algorithm he created. Shelby is a full-time mom and runs her own hand-drawn art business from their home. They have been married for 8 years and have twin girls (5).
Hayden & Laura Simons
The Simons Life Group is walking through the Bible in a chronological fashion. Each week they examine one of the major stories/characters in the Bible. The learning is interactive and through a simple, back-and-forth dialogue, they uncover new truths about God and truths about man in each lesson. Hayden works in Finance for Accredo Health Group, the Specialty Division of Express Scripts. Laura is a stay-at-home mother of three highly active kids (9, 7, 5). Hayden and Laura have been married 12 years. They enjoy sports, crafting/building something, hunting, fishing or just relaxing on the lake.
Erly & Maria Alonso
Room F243 | Coed
Erly and Maria are products of Southern Baptist missionary work in their native home, Cuba. They have a special heart for mission work locally and in the Caribbean and Latin American communities. Erly owns an aviation support business and enjoys spending time with Maria, their children and grand children.
Our Life Group is made up of singles in their 20’s and 30’s. We focus on our personal walk with the Lord, dig deep into biblical truth and believe in raising up leaders within the church and community. We are a class that believes in the power of prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to use as for His purpose and for His glory. We serve out regularly through Su Casa Ministries and Bellevue Frayser.