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
Location: W147


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 is primarily lecture with some discussion.
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.


Chuck Taylor
Location: W260


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


Aubrey Earnheart
Location: W277


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. 


Jim Shoemaker
Location: W249


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 Bible focused with strong fellowship. The open discussion (with outline) allows anyone to participate. Serving out as a group keeps them conscious of others.
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.


Joe Jernigan
Location: W256

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. 


Butch Parker
Location: W154

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 as: Issues Facing America; Strength of prayer, etc. designed to strengthen the member’s walk with the Lord.
Butch and his wife, Shelia, have been married for 50+ years, and have three adult children, 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Butch is retired from the U.S. Postal Service (42+ years’ service). He worked in various cities around the Southeastern US and served as Postmaster of Memphis, Atlanta, Savannah, Corinth, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach to name a few.  His last assignment was as District Manager over South Florida, Pompano Beach through the Keys. His hobbies are sports (golf), and drawing and painting. He is active in Bellevue’s Prison Ministry and is a deacon. 


Reg Germany
Location: W238

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. 


Charlie Brand
Location: W125


The Brand Life Group is a large Life Group that loves the study of God’s Word and developing life-time friendships with God’s people. Charlie and his wife, Pat, have been married 50+ years and have two adult children. They love traveling and antiquing. 


Rick Dreiman
Location: W150


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.

Don Dunavant
Location: W151


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.

Ladies Only

Marge Lenow


The Women of the Word Life Group is a caring, Christ-focused group ranging in ages from 50s to 80s and includes singles, widowed, and married ladies. Marge Lenow uses lecture-style teaching and believes that the Bible is our handbook for life, the source for instructions for living a life that pleases the Lord Jesus Christ. Week by week, we delve into the Word to see what message God has for us. Intimacy with God and knowing His Word changes our lives.

Marge is married to Ed and they have two sons and four grandchildren.

Men Only

Hobert Welch


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 FEDEX pilot. He is a deacon and is actively involved in Bellevue’s Prison Ministry, International and Domestic missions.

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Couples with Teens to Empty Nesters

Ron Bridges/Jim Stock
Location: W228

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 is primarily lecture with some discussion.  Most often their curriculum is an in-depth study of a book of the Bible, but will vary occasionally to include a study of a hot topic or a Christian book, or utilize a video series. Each couple in the class is assigned to an internal small care-group as well, and the class participates in many ministry activities, prayer, fun and fellowship.
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

Les Stone
Location: W241

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 church and the community.  We enjoy fellowships and spending time together.

Empty Nesters – Couples & Singles

Dave Shreve
Location: W280

The Berean Life Group is a warm and loving group of adults ranging in ages 50s to 70s. Dave’s teaching style is lecture/discussion and focuses on the Word and the Commandment to love God and one another.  They enjoy fellowshipping together monthly in homes and area restaurants. 

Dave and his wife Linda have called Memphis home since 1980. They have two adult children and six grandchildren.

Chuck Fullerton
Location: W154

The Koinonia Life Group is a small loving, praying class with lots of one-on-one fellowship. Lessons are multifaceted using media and lecture with discussion.

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.

Darrell Clarke

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 understand of the Word while practicing Bellevue’s Mission Statement.

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.

Larry Lemm
Location: W151

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 prophecy and how it is being fulfilled today is also discussed at the end of class… time permitting.

Disciple of Christ, husband and father (in that order) Larry is a retired military officer and currently working for the United States Post Office. He and his wife Chong Cha have been married since 1981. They have 2 children and 7 grandchildren.


Phil Weatherwax

Location: W141

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 discussion.

Phil and his wife Janie have been married 50+ years and have two adult daughters, three grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.  Phil is retired from Bellevue’s Community Missions Ministry and is very active in Bellevue’ Prison Ministry.

Ladies Only

Faye Hardy

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.

Men Only

Sonny Tucker

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.