Meet Our Adult Teachers...
Heaven Bound Class
Teacher: Rev. Jerry Jeffers
I joined Parkway in July 1976. I met my wife there in 1979 and we were married at Parkway in 1983. I have served as a Sunday School teacher since 1980, as a Lay Preacher since 1983, and as a Deacon since 1997. The Heaven Bound Class is a close knit group of couples in their 30's, 40's and 50"s. In teaching, I stress an emphasis on Etymology (the study of the origin and meaning of words). Just one word in the Scripture can have a powerful life changing meaning. "For by grace are ye saved..." (Grace-acceptable, favor, benefit, gift).
The Fellowship Class
Teacher: Lonnie Satterfield
After being raised in church and thinking for years that I was saved, I sincerely accepted Christ on November 28,1968 at the age of twenty-one. The Lord has created in my heart the desire to understand what the Bible really teaches. My intentions for the Fellowship class is to enable each student to be ready to answer others Biblically concerning Biblical subjects. (Colossians 4:5-6)
Joy Makers Class
Teacher: Sam Meek
The Joy Makers class is a fellowship of mixed adult ages. Being a teacher of the Word of God for over well over 50 years, it has always been my desire to honor the Lord and to teach all of the Word of God. I believe that all of the Word is necessary so that believers in Christ may grow in the faith and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
College and Career (18-26 years old)
Teacher: Pastor Todd Flanagan
At the age of eight, I walked the aisle and made a profession of faith, and again at the age of ten. It was not until January 28, 1984, however, at the age of thirteen, that I truly came to know Jesus as my personal Savior. I knew the Gospel story; I believed Jesus was the Son of God; I believed the Bible was the word of God, But on Saturday night, January 28, 1984, during a revival at my church, I was gloriously saved! That night I saw myself as the wretched sinner I was, and the wonderful Savior Jesus is. I realized that it was my sin that put Christ on the cross; he took my punishment and place on the cross meant for me. What a difference HE makes when HE becomes more than just A Savior, but HE becomes YOUR Personal Savior!It would be thirteen years later(1997) that I would fully surrender my life to the Lord and answer the Lord’s call on my life to preach the Gospel.
Highways and Hedges Class
Teacher: Dan Sims
I thank God for His wonderful salvation and the gift of eternal life. It is a joy and privilege to teach the Highways and Hedges class at Parkway Baptist. One of the most prolific verses in the Bible commands us to study to show ourselves approved of God with the result of rightly dividing the Word of God (II Timothy 2:15). My desire is to join with my class in discovering the spiritual facets of living a Christ-centered life. It is important to understand those facets and live with joy, preservation, awareness, and commitment to the cause and commission of Christ.
Ruth Class (Ladies Class)
Teacher: Betty Kirk
I was saved at the age of nine and have taught adult lady classes for over forty years. The Ruth Class is such a blessing to me and everyone is so special. Each Sunday these ladies support one another as we study. I know that God has placed me with this special group of ladies to teach the principles and precepts of the Bible. I enjoy each time I get to fellowship with them. On behalf of our class, I would like to extend an invitation to our ladies to join us in Sunday School. We are located in the back section of the educational building on the left-hand side. Hope to see you there!
Teacher: Greg Taylor
Welcome to Parkway Baptist and the Crusaders class. I have had the wonderful privilege in teaching this exciting group of people for many years. This adult class of men and women (usually 40 yrs. and up), are truly a blessing. If you are looking for a class of mixed aged adults, that has a good mixture of singing, testimonies, prayer requests, and where the Word of God is taught in a way that will inspire and encourage your heart, then on behalf of our class, I would like to invite you to come and join us in the Crusaders Class. We are located in the choir room.
Teacher: Jay Samples
Join us each week as we study and search for ways to be on mission with God. Our class is the newest class at Parkway Baptist, and we are a blend of mixed adult (married and singles). Come help us build our class for the glory of God as we get back to the B.A.S.I.C.S.
Teacher: Tony Bennett
I came to faith in Christ at my home. After years of seeking, ups and downs looking for meaning I found it in a personal relationship with Christ. He didn't ask me to clean up, but instead give up. He didn't ask me to turn over a new leaf, but to turn over my heart and follow. Yes, I'm going to heaven, but Christ has affected every facet of my life right here right now. Our Sunday School class has singles, couples, male and females of every age. Believing that connecting with each other, and the application of God's word gives life meaning. Our class truly has some of the most caring people that I've ever met. Serving others while serving Christ. Our hope is that the whole world finds Gods greatest gift, hope that comes only through Christ. How will they find Him if we don't go? And in going, we must be prepared.
Teacher: Michael Lea
Attending church has always been a part of my life. I was raised in a Christian home and was fortunate to have biblical truths instilled in my life from an early age. During an evening service in December of 1989, Reverend Glenn Boatner was preaching a message and said that I could have solid assurance of my salvation in the Lord. I walked the isle that night and, surrounded by friends, I found that assurance. I John 5:13 says “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” I am thankful today for blessed assurance.For over 25 years I have been a member of the Parkway Baptist family. I was ordained as a deacon here and have served in that capacity for over 15 years. What a wonderful privilege it has been to serve the pastor and members of our church. I encourage you to be apart of our Sunday School ministry. My goal is to enrich your life with God's grace through the teaching of Scripture.
Meet Our Children and Student Teachers...
Tiny Tots Class (2’s & 3’s)
Preschool Teacher: Amy Blesch
The Lord lead my husband, Andy, and I to Parkway 11 years ago. We both grew up in great Christian homes and were very active in our churches. When we started attending Parkway, we were just beginning our family and now have been blessed with 5 beautiful children. It is our hearts desire to raise our children in the truths of the Bible so that one day they will come to know the Love of Christ. Because of having 5 children, we became very active in the Children’s Ministry at Parkway and have a special place in our hearts for the 2 and 3 year olds. This class is always lively and it’s an amazing time of growth physically and mentally for the children. We are blessed to be a part of their lives and pray that we are planting a seed with their walk with Christ.
Sunshine Class (4’s & 5’s)
Preschool Teacher: Danielle Hyde
The Lord allowed me to be raised in a Christian home with godly parents who were wonderful examples for my brother and me. In February 1992, I gave my heart to Jesus as a 12-year-old girl. He has been faithful, through the years, in my valleys and my victories! Today, I am married to an amazing man, and we have two precious children who are a direct answer to prayer and proof of God's goodness!My heart's desire is to teach children Bible truths that they may have an early knowledge and understanding of Christ. Our class learns Bible truths through scripture memory, stories, songs, and play. We learn God's Word together, and my prayer is that they may come to know Christ early in their lives.
Primary Class (Ages K-1st Grade)
Teacher: Karen Payne
The Primary Class is located on the second floor of the Sunday School building. At the beginning of each school year, the students select a theme and we decorate our classroom based on the theme. We have an interactive classroom and all students participate in many projects. My goal as the teacher is to teach basic Biblical principals to the children:A) Each child is a gift from God and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14)B) Sin is what separates us from God (Romans 3:23; 5:12)C) Trusting in Jesus Christ as your Savior is the only way to receive salvation (John 14:6)
Primary Class (Ages 2nd-3rd)
Teacher: Amanda Altman
I was looking and praying for a way to become more involved in church and then the opportunity of teaching Sunday school was presented to me. My prayer is that God uses me to provide an environment where young children can thrive in the learning of God’s Word and apply it to their lives. I am so excited to be a part of the Parkway Baptist Children’s Ministry. I strive to instill a love and passion of learning God’s Word with the second /third graders while in Sunday School. It is a great place to learn and grow through the reading of bible stories and discussions that are age appropriate. Please join us for a fun time of learning God’s Word.
Friendship Class (Ages 4th-5th Grade)
Teacher: Bill and Heather Leggett
I grew up the youngest of six kids just outside of Chicago, IL., and after my Dad was saved when I was three-years-old, going to Church was not an option. I heard all the Bible stories and memorized many verses, but my heart was not changed. As I got into Middle School and High School I was hanging out with the wrong crowd and heading down a path of eventual destruction. Going to church was no longer a part of my life, but I had a youth leader that never gave up on me. On Feb. 16, 1986 at the age of 19 I was invited to a youth activity, that night I asked Jesus into my heart. In 1990, I met Heather at Tennessee Temple University, and we married on May 23, 1992.
Phil. 3:10 “That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.”
We count it a great privilege for the opportunity to teach the Friendship Class. Our goal for the class is to know Jesus and make Him known. We also want them to understand that it isn’t necessary to cross the ocean to be a missionary. We hope to enlighten our class to be missionaries in their school, neighborhood, ball team and even their own home. Our prayer is simply that they will GO.
Middle School Class (6th-8th Grade)
Teacher: Caleb and Caroline Jones
As a young boy at the age of eight years old, under the preaching of Pastor Johnny Hunt I came to know the Lord. It was not until a few years later I truly understood the sacrifice that was made on my behalf. I remembered my grandfather telling me "Caleb if you were the only person in the world God would still send his Son to pay the price for your sins." It was then it really hit home with me that the price for sin was paid by Christ even while I was a guilty sinner. Going through High School, I realized I was in a school system that was trying to discredit the marvelous creation of our Creator and deity of Jesus Christ. I knew I would have to take a stand for what I believed to be true. It was time to be the light. I was a member of the Parkway youth and being a part of the youth group made a significant impact on my life. The youth ministry helped me to grow in truth, being able to witness to kids at school, and being the Christian I was called to be. Going off to college, I drifted from being faithful and found myself going down the wrong path. God in His grace, however, helped me to turn to Him in faith. I became a member of Parkway Baptist several years ago, and I surrendered to the call to preach on December 22, 2013. With the middle school class, Caroline and I want to provide the class with a Biblical outlook on life that will prepare them for the road ahead. Helping them to understand the only “cool” social class they can be a part of is being a child of God. My prayer for our kids is that we do our part in creating a firm foundation on the truth of God's Word.
High School (9th-12th Grade)
Teacher: Steve Bradley
The Lord has allowed me to teach the High School Sunday School class for 15 years. My goal is to equip our teens with Biblical principles that will help them as they grow in maturity through a very important time of their life. I have also worked with our youth group for over 20 years and serve as a deacon in our church. Working with the youth group over the years has allowed me to stay in tune with the issues and problems our teens face.