Adult 40s

Welcome to life in the 40s! For most of us, this can be the busiest season of life, yet it’s a time when we need to be most intentional spiritually and relationally. Connecting in a Life Group is a great step toward growing and serving with others in your same stage of life. Please check out our different Life Groups below and plan to visit one this Sunday.

8:00 a.m.


Cullen and Pat Beard
Location: E344


Cullen Beard’s life group is about real-world sharing of Biblical best practices and application of Scriptural principles for growth and maturity in all areas of our lives. They desire to equip you in your marriage and parenting and provide opportunities to serve both inside and outside of the class.


Cullen and Pat have been married for 34 years and have 7 children, most are now adults, and some still live at home. Cullen is the president at Personal Lawn Care Inc.

Marty and Lisa Milam
Location: E346


Our Life Group consists of couples in the middle of raising their children. Over the past year we have done a number of short book studies and have recently settled in to looking at the text for Bro. Steve’s sermon. Marty gets Bro. Steve’s outline ahead of time and prepares from the listed scripture. We love each other, minister to each other, and are active in church activities such as children’s sports, singing in the choir and assisting in the nursery. We love our Life Group!


Marty and Lisa have been teaching a Life Group for one year. Marty is an electrical contractor and Lisa works for an engineering firm as an internal auditor. Marty enjoys playing golf when he can. Lisa has a dance background and enjoys the theater. Lisa also assists with the choreography for the Singing Christmas Tree at Bellevue. They have been married for 34 years and have a 31 year old daughter, Callie.

Location: E342

Our Life Group is a great group of active couples both in and outside of class. Nick, attorney, and Baron, IT at Carrier, have been co-teaching together for several years and bring a richly diverse direction to our class.

Travis and Maggie Harms
Location: E348


Our Life Group is focused on bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Our class structure is primarily a lecture style with opportunities for discussion. We often go through a lesson series based on a book of the Bible.


Travis has been teaching in a Life Group for 12 years. Travis and his wife, Maggie, have been married for 14 years and they have three children ages 11, 8, and 6. Travis is a financial analyst and Maggie is a stay at home mom.

John Desmarais
Location: E336

Our Life Group is big on ministering to the entire family. John and Sue teach from their own experience of marriage and parenting. They have three grown married children and multiple grandchildren.


Colin Richmond
Location: W266

The Richmond Life Group serves Adult Singles in their 40s-50s. The Life Group illustrates honest friendship and encouraging ministry. The lessons are mainly lecture style teaching with some discussion at the end of each session. Colin truly loves the Lord and other people, not just teaching about Bellevue’s values, but living them out daily. Colin makes everyone feel welcome and wanted. Colin also loves singing in our Adult Choir, and acting, filling the role of a magi in Bellevue’s Singing Christmas Tree.

9:20 a.m.


Chuck and Tracey Christensen
Location: E337


Our Life Group seeks intimate fellowship and transparent teaching.


Chuck and Tracey have been married for 15 years. They have 2 sons. Chuck is a computer consultant and Tracey is a stay at home mom.

Craig and Jean Stockdale
Location: E342


Our Life Group is built on Craig and Jean’s team teaching as well as a welcoming environment. Jean and I team-teach each week. Both of us have typically taught large classes in lecture format but I would describe our current style as “Interactive Lecture”. We typically teach through books of the Bible so the reading and studying is contextual and consistent with the Biblical revelation.


Craig and Jean have been teaching for 35 years. They have been married for 41 and their two boys are married with families and “out on their own”. Craig and Jean are transitioning into ministry. Together, they enjoy training pastors and church leaders internationally several times a year. They also do some marriage or family conferences, and Jean is a sought after women’s conference speaker.

Tim and Susan Shelton
Location: E348


Our Life Group is a community of couples who are striving to lead intentional families. We meet to be equipped as spouses and parents to Love God, Love People, Share Jesus, and Make Disciples. We value teaching from the Bible that aligns with what our younger children (birth-3rd grade) are learning in their Life Groups. This prepares us for family conversations that build faith at home. Couples will be challenged to be intentional in their marriage and parenting with time in class given weekly to share ideas and encouragement. Our sweet spot is couples in their late 30s-mid 40s.

We’d love to have you check out our class this Sunday. You’ll be welcomed, made to feel comfortable, and you’ll meet other couples in your same stage of life. We believe this is a place where you will fit in, make friends, and find a place to serve.


After more than a decade in the corporate world, Tim entered ministry and completed his Masters of Divinity at Mid-America Seminary. He has served on Bellevue’s staff for over 14 years in various positions. Tim is currently serving as Minister to Adults and Families. Family is a big part of his life and he and He and his wife Susan, a Physician’s Assistant at St. Jude, have 5 sons. ranging in age from 15 years old to 4. As a family, they enjoy an active lifestyle at home, Bellevue, and Evangelical Christian School where the boys attend.


Donnie & Linda Johnson
Location: W266

The Johnson Life Group reaches Adult Singles 40s and older. Group sessions on Sundays are mainly discussion with brief teaching times to further the understanding of the Scriptures and make further applications. Donnie certainly enjoys teaching God’s Word! He and Linda both love to see people growing in their relationship with Jesus. Currently, they are seeing what life looks like post-retirement, by getting involved, and involving their Life Group, in further ministry and missions opportunities .

Wade & Lila Volner
Location: W264

The Volner Life Group consists of Adult Singles in their late 30s-40s. The group uses lots of discussion in the teaching time with an occasional time of brief lecture. Welcoming guests with the love of Jesus and connecting with others are the focus of this engaging Life Group for Adult Singles. Wade & Lila Volner have been married for 15 years, love fellowshipping with their Life Group, and helping others mature in their walk with the Lord. Wade teaches weekly Bible studies at Youth Villages, as well as coordinating Sunday trips for the kids at Youth Villages to hear God’s Word preached at Bellevue.

11:00 a.m.


Chad and Kristi Hall
Location: E342


Our Life Group places a strong focus on small groups where people can connect with one another outside of class. This is where friendships are deepened and growth is realized as we “do life” together. We focus on two core values: intentional hospitality and transparency.


Chad has been teaching a life group for over 4 years. Chad and his wife, Kristi, have been married for over 17 years and have three sons. Chad works for True Temper Sports and Kristi is a stay at home mom and professional artist.

Bob and Jodi Kendall
Location: E348


The Kendall Life Group primarily seeks to search out the scriptures in the same spirit as the Bereans of Acts 17. They also enjoy sweet fellowship among their couples as they ‘Do Life Together’ praying for and discipling one another.
Bob and Jodi Kendall have been married for 22 years and have two sons. Bob retired from the Navy in 2016 and is now employed with Methodist Healthcare.  Jodi is a Special Education Teaching Assistant at Lakeland Elementary School.

Lisa Boswell
Location: W264

The Boswell Life Group for women models making disciples through teaching and group discussion. The group rejoices as ladies join one another in the journey of faith through Bible study, ministry action, and fellowship opportunities. Lisa works for Hormel Foods, and enjoys time with her family, especially that new grandbaby!

Greg Nelson
Location: W268

The Nelson Life Group serves Adult Singles Coeds in their 40s-50s each week through Bible study and discussion. As a servant-leader, Greg models an intentional investment in his extended family, the Life Group, multiple ministries at Bellevue, and his beloved community.