Adult Classes & Educational Opportunities


Middle Hour
Support Groups & Classes

There are many opportunities for adult education and growth at First Pres. Listed below are current classes and events; for more information, please contact Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or

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Introduction to the Gospel of John

Engaging in Scripture, personally and communally, is essential to deepening our relationship with God no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. During this 13-week exploration of the Gospel of John, pastor and New Testament scholar Tom Elson will introduce participants to the Fourth Gospel. 

Dates and Times: Wednesdays, September 11–December 11, 7:10–9:40 pm
Location: G208, Geneva Hall
Registration: Register by Sunday, September 8. 
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation at

Our study includes: 
  • Genre and the various literary styles and structure used
  • Introductory issues such as authorship, date, background and historical context
  • The various methods that are appropriate to the study of this Gospel
  • Ample opportunities for class discussion as we work to interpret these texts together

Preparation outside of class includes reading the texts and other course materials in advance of each session (approx 1 hour/week). 

Course Credit: This class is open to students for credit (fee required) through New College Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union. Evaluation of students' progress will be based on two objective/essay exams and one ten-page paper. First Pres participants (non-credit) are welcome to take part in these exercises but they are OPTIONAL!

For those interested in participating in this class for credit through New College Berkeley, please visit to register.