Adult 60s & 70s
Life in the 60s and 70s can be some of the most hectic… from the empty nest to nearing and/or full retirement to grand parenting, these years can be some of the most exciting and some of the most challenging. The Adult 60s and 70s Ministry at Bellevue provides a host of opportunities to build and strengthen your relationships with others while deepening your relationship with God through dynamic teaching, support for the challenges of this season of life, along with a host of social events, service projects, and small groups.
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Couples with Late Teens to Empty Nesters
Steve and Ellie Marcum
The Marcum Life Group is very active in ministry, especially in both local and international missions. They are a loving and welcoming group and enjoy fellowships and spending time together in ministry and in play. Steve and Ellie co-teach in a teaching style that
Steve serves on Bellevue’s staff in International Missions. He and Ellie have been married 35+ years, have two adult children, two grandchildren, and are very involved in leading mission trips around the world.
The Promise Life Group is a caring, ministering body of believers meeting together to study God’s word and to encourage one another to live it out.
Chuck and Becky have been married for 30+ years and have three adult children, 2 daughters and a son, and one amazing granddaughter. They have been members of Bellevue Baptist Church since 1982. Chuck is a Deacon and he and Becky serve in many areas of the church.
Empty Nesters – Couples & Singles
The Earnheart Life Group is taught in a style that blends lecture with discussion. The aim is for all Life Group members to grow continuously in their walk with our Lord through the spiritual disciplines. Ministry is their watchword as they minister inwardly through highly engaged Care Groups in which their members “love on” each other as they do life together. They minister outwardly through a variety of ministries offered at Bellevue and through various international mission trips.
Aubrey and his wife, Nancy, have been married 30+ years. Aubrey serves as a deacon at Bellevue and is a senior vice president at Regions Bank. Nancy serves as a volunteer in Guest Central and with Bellevue’s Hostess ministry.
The Shoemaker Life Group is a warm, friendly, and fun Life Group. The lessons are offered in a multifaceted style with some lecture, discussion, and multimedia. The group is
Jim and his wife, Linda, have been married for 40+ years and have two adult daughters. Jim serves as a deacon at Bellevue and also serves on the executive board of the Bellevue Foundation. He enjoys fly-fishing, golf, and is an avid reader. Linda volunteers on Bellevue’s team with Mid-South Mission of Mercy and is a fitness instructor in Bellevue’s Recreation Ministry.
The Jernigan Life Group is mainly taught in a lecture style with minimal discussion. They are an active group serving and ministering throughout the church and community. They also minister to one another through small groups. In addition to serving together, they love to have fun through fellowships and simply spending time together.
Joe serves on Bellevue’s staff in Pastoral Care Ministry and also teaches in Bellevue’s Chapel every Wednesday evening. He and his wife, Becky, have been married 35+ years and have two adult daughters.
The Sojourners Life Group is a group of retired and nearing retirement couples and singles. Teaching lecture style with some discussion from the class, Butch teaches topical lessons such
Butch and his wife, Shelia, have been married for 50+ years, and have three adult children, 10
The Germany Life Group is made up of energetic couples aging from 50’s-late 60’s and is the perfect size for discussion as they typically around 15 each week. They are a diverse group of ages, stages, and interests. What they have in common is Jesus and they all love studying God’s Word verse by verse. They are faithful to pray for and enjoy fellowship with each other.
The Brand Life Group is a large Life Group that loves the study of God’s Word and developing
The Faith and Fellowship Life Group, led by Rick Dreiman, is a friendly class that encourages members to reach new heights in their Christian walk. Teaching in lecture style, Rick is taking his group through the Bible using LifeWay Explore the Bible quarterlies. They start the class with praying and singing hymns from the hymnal. Rick and his wife, Sherry, have been married for 40+ years and have two adult sons. He is retired from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Family of Friends Life Group is just that….a “family” of friends. Strong on Biblical teaching, service, and fellowship, this active group enjoys getting together for support, prayer, and fun. John and his wife, Janice, have been married 50+ years, and have three adult children. John is president of A-4 Associates, LLC, and is retired from Schering-Plough where he was vice-president of Quality Control and Technical Services.
Linda Gail Shepherd
The Women of the Word Life Group is a caring, Christ-focused group ranging in ages from
The Welch Life Group is an active group of men from all ages and walks of life. Hobert’s teaching style is multi-faceted using lecture with group discussion, along with media as he teaches through the books of the Bible. Hobert has been married 40+ years and is a retired
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Couples with Teens to Empty Nesters
Ron Bridges/Jim Stock
The Good News Life Group is a couple’s class with membership including a wide age-range and a variety of interests and involvement in multiple ministries. This class has been team-taught by Ron Bridges and Jim Stock for many years, and their teaching style
Ron Bridges is a Human Resources & Leadership Consultant. He and his wife Ruth Anne have four adult children and one grandchild. Jim Stock has been in private law practice for 35+ years. He and his wife Jeanne have three adult children.
Empty Nesters – Couples
Our Life Group has the warmth of a family with love and laughter. We have 20-30 members in our group weekly. Our teaching style is lecture and some discussion. We love to minister to one another in our group, our
Empty Nesters – Couples & Singles
The Berean Life Group is a warm and loving group of adults ranging in ages
Dave and his wife Linda have called Memphis home since 1980. They have two adult children and six grandchildren.
The Koinonia Life Group is a small loving, praying class with lots of one-on-one
Chuck and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 50+ years and have five adult children and 15 grandchildren. Chuck is a retired senior vice president of a major international service provider and serves as a Deacon at Bellevue.
The Encouragers Life Group is a group of married, widow/widowers, and single adults who are extremely caring and love to engage each other in their needs. Darrell’s goal is to bring the Life Group to a better
Darrell and his wife Denise have been married since 2010. They have five adult children and five grandchildren. Darrell holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Seminary and has 50+ years of ministry experience. He is recently retired from Bellevue’s Pastoral Care Ministry. He and Denise enjoy traveling.
The Prayer & Praise Life Group is made up of married, widow/widowers and single adults who love the Lord, His Word and believe in the power of prayer. Fellowship in Christ is emphasized as we minister to each other. The closer we are to the Lord, the closer we are to each other. This is an opportunity for a true Bible study. Study outlines are provided to the class in advance to promote interactive class participation. Bible
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The Weatherwax Life Group is a friendly class who love to study the Word, fellowship together, and minister as a group. Teaching lecture style with
Phil and his wife Janie have been married 50+ years and have two adult daughters, three grandchildren, and one
The Agape Life Group is a caring group of ladies who give prayer support and encouragement not only in class but throughout the week as well. Taught in lecture style, the class is led by teacher Faye Hardy who has been a faithful teacher in this class for 38 years.
Faye and her husband, Adair, have been married for 60+ years. They have one adult son and daughter.
The Pioneer Life Group is a mixture of working and retired businessmen who love the Lord. Taught in the lecture/question & answer teaching method, Rev. Sonny Tucker has been its teacher for 25+ years.
Sonny and his wife, Loretta, have been married for 58 years and have one adult daughter. Sonny is retired from the US Army and from Bellevue’s Pastoral Care Ministry.