Adult Education

You can take part in adult Ed classes and discussions during worship on Sunday mornings, Fall through Spring.

These classes allow us to question, study, learn, and grow, developing together as disciples of Christ. Classes cover a variety of topics—theology, marriage/parenting, current events—and are taught by Wheaton College faculty, pastors, pastoral counseling center staff, panels of First Pres community members, and more.


"Know Your Theologians, Part III: Reformation Theologians"

Sundays, February 9, 16, 23 and March 1, 2020

10:30am in the Parlor

Class Description

If the church is like a family, then we should know about our theological ancestors who have come before us in the faith. Over the course of several classes, this series will introduce you to some of the most important thinkers in the history of the Christian church who have shaped our belief and practice. In this third four-week session, you will be introduced to some of the key theologians from the church during the Reformation, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, Menno Simons, and Teresa of Avila. Join us as we get to know some of the great Christian theologians and how they continue to inform our faith today.

Class Schedule:
February 9: Martin Luther
February 16: John Calvin
February 23: Menno Simons
March 1: Teresa of Avila

Class Teachers:
The Rev. Dr. David McNutt (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an Associate Editor at IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, and Associate Lecturer of Core Studies at Wheaton College. He is also an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and he serves as a Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. 

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer McNutt (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College. She is also an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and she serves as a Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. 

"The Psalms, a Garden: How to Read the Psalms"

Sundays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020

10:30am in the Parlor

Class Description

The class will look at the Psalms through the lenses of 12 interpretive principles which the instructor will spell out and apply to specific psalms. Using the metaphor of a flower garden, the study will cover Psalms of Thanksgiving (the red roses) and Psalms of Trust (the calla lilies).

Class Teacher:
Hassell Bullock is the Dyrness Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College where he taught for 36 years. He is a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and holds the B.A. from Samford University (Birmingham, AL), the B.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA), and the Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati, OH).  Bullock’s publications on the Psalms include Encountering the Book of Psalms, Psalms 1-72, and Psalms 73-150 (Baker Academic). 

"Why Do We Sing"

Sundays, April 19 and 26, 2020

10:30am in the Parlor

Class Description

Every Sunday, we gather in worship and sing. Is there a reason for singing other than, “it is something we’ve always done?” Singing has been an integral part of the Christian faith since the beginning. This rich singing tradition can be traced even farther, back to the Psalmic traditions of the Jewish faith. Looking through scripture, tradition, and a little science, this class will reflect on why singing is so important to the Christian faith (and possibly for simply being human.)

Class Teachers:
Joshua Strickler holds a B.A. in Music and Biblical Studies from George Fox University and an M.A. in Theology and Culture from Northwest University. He is an active church musician and spiritual director.
Christa Strickler is Associate Professor of Library Science at Wheaton College. She holds a B.A. in Music from Northwest University, an MLIS from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theology from Wheaton College.