At PHPC we believe that the purpose of adult learning is to help people make spiritual sense out of their lives and the world. Learning is not an end in itself. Instead, we learn with the purpose of growing in faith and being sent out into our everyday lives and the world as disciples of Jesus Christ.
These classes meet weekly on Sunday mornings (9:30 a.m.) for study and fellowship. There are classes for young parents, couples, and those of all ages and stages of life.
FAITH BIBLE DISCOVERY
This class is for couples and singles of all ages who desire to grow in faith through peer-led bible and theological study covering a wide variety of topics. The class meets year round on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. in the North building of the church N220, as well as for fellowship at off-site parties at least twice a year, and for class-chosen service projects. Questions are welcome, experiences are honored, and all positions are heard and respected.
This class is for parents with children from infants to sixth graders who are looking to form friendships and grow in your faith, your marriage, and your parenting. We also enjoy Sunday lunch socials and community service opportunities for the whole family. The class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the church parlor (across from the chapel).
friends IN FAITH
This class is for parents of tweens, teenagers and college kids who enjoy faith-based conversations related to Bible and theology studies, adventures in parenting and marriage, and many other topics. We also have a strong bond outside of the church thanks to fun monthly social events, holiday parties, and community outreach programs with the church. The class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Jubilee Hall E-F.
This class is for singles and couples of all ages and stages of life who are interested in informal Bible study and discussions on topics such as Christian history, current events, and ethics. The class meets weekly on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Jubilee Hall C-D.
Epiphany invites youth and adults (16+) with unique abilities to participate in our enrichment programs. Together we share needs, discover gifts, enrich lives, and provide respite for families. Our Sunday School curriculum is designed with special needs in minds.
Contact: Brian Spann at
PHPC’s small group ministry, these groups meet weekly for eight weeks for Bible study, food, and fellowship. Groups are launched once in the fall and once in the spring.
Short Term Studies and Book studies
Studies that meet throughout the year and last anywhere from one to six weeks. Topics range anywhere from deep-dive Bible study, to book studies, to issues of current social concern.
The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian by Brian McLaren
Led by Mahlon Hight
Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, argues that Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun.
Two sessions available:
September 8 – October 13 | Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Hosted by Faith Bible Discovery Sunday School Class, N220
September 5 – October 10 | Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Hosted by Theology on Thursdays, Conference Room
Books may be purchased in the church office for $10.
Time Out for Moms: Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John
September 12-October 24 (excluding October and October 17) | Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. | Youth House
Led by Membership Engagement Coordinator Allison Cochran
Aimed at moms of all ages1 No homework required, and all are welcome whenever you can join us!
Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism by Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel
October 29-December 3 | Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. | PHPC Parlor
Led by Rev. Mark Brainerd
Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel teaches preaching at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a minister in the PC(U.S.A) For more than a decade, she has helped congregations talk about racism.
All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas by Quinn G. Caldwell
Sundays | November 3-24 | 9:30 a.m. | PHPC Parlor
Led by Member Engagement Coordinator Allison Cochran
Sometimes the happiest and holiest time of the year is also the hardest for people to enjoy. These daily readings offer the skeptic, the over-committed the opportunity to make room for God to show up.
Bible 101 Class
September 15 and 22 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Jubilee Hall
Led by Rev. Sarah Johnson and Rev. Caroline Braskamp
Think that the Bible is important but not sure where to start? This study is for you! In this two week class we will explore the basics of the Old and New Testaments.
Parents of Young Children Class Led by Kathleen Fischer
Sunday, October 6 | 9:30 a.m. | Jubilee Hall
A sought-after speaker, Kathleen Fischer is a longtime Dallas resident and mother of three, and a registered nurse with a master’s degree. Her areas of expertise are adolescent development and strengthening family life.
Theology 101: Intro to Theology for Living and Leading
Sundays, October 6-27, 9:30 a.m. | Downstairs Conference Room | Led by Rev. Sarah Johnson and Marty Loman
Curious about some of the basics of Christian theology? This class will cover four essential doctrines of the Christian faith, in order that we might be followers of Christ in everyday living. *Limited to 12 participants. Weekly required reading and full participation in class
Senior Sessions: Medicare Update, Care for the Caregivers, Essential Life Plans
Wednesday, October 2 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sign up online at phpc.org/seniorsessions or contact Tammy Hale at . Lunch/$10.
Racial Justice and Equity Pilgrimage Information Meeting
Sunday, October 20 | noon | Jubilee Hall
This spring, we will embark on a racial justice pilgrimage from Dallas to the deep South to meet people, hear stories, and visit landmarks in the history of slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, and civil rights. Travel Dates February 16-23, 2020.
Christian Teaching and Stories of Migration from the Border
Sunday, November 10 | Noon | Jubilee Hall
Rev Dr. Gregory Cuellar, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theology Seminary
Dr. Cuellar will share his experiences with children on the border and the connections between migrants and asylum seekers and the promises of Scripture. Lunch/$10
Climate Change and Faith
Sundays, November 17 and 24 | 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Robert Haley, epidemiologist at UT Southwestern
In a two-part series he will talk the scientific evidence and biblical connections around climate change. Lunch/$10
Theology on thursdays
Thursdays in the Parlor
Book Study and Theological Discussion
Join us every Thursday for theological discussion on a particular book.
Contact: Sue McCoy,
Race (Still) Matters
At Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, we believe that God is calling us to do the messy and holy work of racial reconciliation and dismantling the crippling weight of white supremacy. We know we will not always get it right or have all the answers. But we know we have to risk and stumble forward together. We believe that any authentic witness of the gospel depends on it.
Weekday Bible Studies
There are several Bible studies that meet on various days and times throughout the week. Classes run for twelve weeks in the fall and twelve weeks in the spring. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. All are welcome!
Wednesday morning Bible Study
Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the downstairs conference room of the church. This class meets weekly for Bible September through May for study on a particular book of the Bible chosen at the beginning of the year. Participants are asked to read the scripture in advance. Some occasional light reading may apply. No previous Bible knowledge necessary. Open to adults of all ages and stages of life.
WEDNESDAY WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays from 11:30-1:30 p.m. in Jubilee Hall at the church. Open to women of all ages and stages of life this group meets weekly September through May (and occasionally in the summer) for lunch, fellowship, and study on a variety of faith-related topics. The group chooses several books to study throughout the year.
DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY
Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Church conference room for fellowship and Bible study. Disciple is a long-standing study at PHPC. The group generally studies curriculum that recommend (but not require) a little light reading outside of class, but newcomers who have not done the reading will not be left behind.
Open to all women of all ages and stages of life, Presbyterian Women meets once a month for Bible study, service, and fellowship. We begin class with a lesson as a large group and then we break into Circles for in-depth discussion. A ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), PW seeks to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.
Contact: Pat Coggan
PHPC Speaker Series: Speaking of Faith