In Pursuit of Wisdom


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.

Upcoming Events

This 6-week course seeks to understand the nature of the church today by exploring its history as well as the characteristics of the church in the twenty-first century. This course provides a basic introduction to the history of Christianity, the Reformed tradition, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and features of the global church today.

The class meets on Thursdays, January 23–February 27, 2020, 10:00–11:15 a.m. in Room B-111. Contact Chris Holmes to learn more.

We will continue the conversation started in October around race, racism, and reconciliation. On January 26, 2020, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., we will gather to explore a shared learning resource through table conversations and lecture. A light dinner—soup, salad, and bread—will be provided with the $10 registration fee. Email Chris Holmes for more information.

Registration Deadline is January 22nd

Grow your faith this fall by joining a group of study, prayer, and fellowship. Small groups open this fall include Bible studies, book club, men’s small groups, moms’ groups, 20s + 30s offerings, and women’s circles.

Email Jamie Butcher for more information.

Recap The Entire Series Below

In this 4-week study taught by Chris Holmes, we will seek to reclaim Revelation as a writing to inform and invigorate our faith lives.

Reclaiming Revelation Part 1

Reclaiming Revelation Part 2

Reclaiming Revelation Part 3

Reclaiming Revelation Part 4

Contact Chris Holmes at cholmes@firstpresatl.org for more information.


Initiatives in church-based theological education

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.

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.