In Pursuit of Wisdom

John H. Stembler Jr. Scholar in Residence and Director of Biblical and Theological Education

Rev. Dr. Christopher Holmes

Chris Holmes holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Emory University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Religion and Spanish from Whitworth University. Chris comes to FPC from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, where he has been in the position of Director of Curriculum Development. Chris has lectured, taught, and published on numerous biblical texts and topics, and his dissertation is titled The Function of Sublime Rhetoric in Hebrews: A Study in Hebrews 12:18-29. Chris is a Teaching Elder (Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and will be a contract call associate pastor at FPC. Chris is married to Jenelle Holmes, Organizing Pastor and Head of Staff of the Ormewood Church, a new church development in Atlanta’s Ormewood Park. Chris and Jenelle are parents of Micah (11) and Darcy (9). Chris will start at FPC July 8, 2019. 
The Stembler Search Committee was co-chaired by Mary-Ellen Vian and Zeb Chandler and included Anne Dantzler, Paul Dimmick, Florida Ellis, Joel LeMon, Cassandra Leverette, Ginny Munger, and Theo VanderBoom. 


Join us on Sunday, July 14 at 9:45 in the Wirth Room for a seven week series with Rev. Dr. Christopher Holmes, our new John H. Stembler, Jr. Scholar in Residence and Director of Biblical and Theological Education. We’ll spend four weeks in the Old Testament and three in the New Testament as we learn more about the journey of faith. 

And if you aren’t into lectures, you are welcome to help the children with a hands-on mission option in B-111 or attend one of our two discussion-based, Bible-centered classes open to newcomers.
Choir & Friends, 9:15 – 9:45, Room 230
Community Bible Study, 9:45 – 10:45, Room B202


The goal of the Discipleship ministries at FPC is to encourage and equip adults to take the next step on their own road to Emmaus. Part of this journey involves cultivating a faith that seeks understanding through thoughtful study and reflection. Towards this end, we offer a number of opportunities in Christian education, including short-term courses, Bible studies, lectures, podcasts, and TED-style talks.

We believe that discipleship also involves nurturing one’s spiritual formation and sense of Christian community. Whether in the form of weekday small groups, men’s and women’s ministries, book clubs, or Sunday school classes, there are opportunities for you to join with others to engage in honest conversations about the joys and challenges of everyday faith.

Wherever you are on your journey of faith, we hope that you will take advantage of some of these opportunities for cultivating your own spiritual and theological growth.

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Initiatives in church-based theological education

A Curious Faith Series

This drop-in style offering consists of short, 2-3 week topical studies on contemporary issues in Christian faith and theology. Join us for a particular series or come every week!

 1/13, 20, 27 What is Truth?, led by Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier

1/13: Truth: A (Very) Brief History
1/20: Absolute Truthiness: The Impact of Postmodernity on the West
1/27: The Plurality of Truth: A Theological Approach

VIEW THE Part 1 of the SERIES BELOW feat. Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier


Theology Matters

This unique series of short, Christian education courses is designed to explore why theology matters in our everyday life and faith. These courses aim to equip believers of all ages to go deeper in their intellectual and spiritual formation by offering thoughtful, in-depth lectures in a format that is accessible, engaging, and relevant. Courses are free of charge and taught by Ryan Bonfiglio, FPC’s Stembler Scholar and Director of Biblical & Theological Studies. Please contact Rev. Jamie Butcher.

TheoEd Talks

What is TheoEd Talks?

TheoEd Talks is a faith-based speaker series launched by the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta in 2017. Guided by FPC's Scholar in Residence, Ryan Bonfiglio, and through strategic partnerships with Atlanta-based churches and seminaries, this series brings together leading thinkers in the church and the academy to give the talk of their lives in 20 minutes or less. These talks are neither sermons nor lectures. Rather, they are TED Talk-style presentations that seek to spark conversations about God, religion, and the power of faith to shape lives and communities.

Trading (Holy) Spaces: A Christian-Jewish Interfaith Series

Join us for a series 4 gatherings in which members of both FPC and The Temple will have a chance to experience the worship and ministry of their Midtown neighbors. Includes a time of guided discussion over a meal/coffee.

• Chanukah Shabbat Service – Friday 12/7, 6:00-9:00 p.m., The Temple

• Community Prayer Breakfast – Sunday, 1/24, 6:00-8:30 a.m., FPC

• Ash Wednesday Service – Wednesday, 3/6, 6:30-8:45 p.m., FPC

• Shabbat Torah Study – Saturday, 3/23, 9:00-11:00 a.m., The Temple

Cost of participation is $50/person (total).