Small Groups

Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church’s small group ministry is aimed at fostering deep relationships that serve to encourage you toward maturity as a follower of Christ, better equipped to love God, love others and reach out to our community. Although we seek to be careful not to create yet-one-more-thing to do during an already busy week, small groups are a vital means of cultivating genuine relationships in the body of Christ that help us “flesh out” life as followers of Jesus Christ.

Listed below are various types of small groups available at ESPC. If you are interested in joining a small group, please contact the church office at 251-928-0977.



    Advanced study: Biblical Interpretation

    Teacher: Andrew Colbert

    Location: Disciple Center 404


    Study: Proverbs, Ways of Wisdom

    Teacher: TBD

    Location: White building, room 9


    Study: Pray with Your Eyes Open, by Richard Pratt

    Teacher: John McMenamin

    Location: Disciple Center 408


    Study: A Meal with Jesus, by Tim Chester

    Teachers: Dan Mosely and Steven Sprayberry

    Location: Disciple Center 403


    Study: Hebrews

    Teachers: Joe and Scott Kearney

    Location: Disciple Center 401


    Study: Parables and Proverbs

    Teachers: Dianne Balch, Sarah Hope, Lisa Snead, and Kimmie Sprayberry

    Location: White building, room 8


    Study: Theological Foundations II

    Teachers: Jay Colbert and Bo Wheeler

    Location: Disciple Center 402

  • Co-Ed Community Groups

    Coed Community Groups meet in homes each week throughout the school year for fellowship, a time of prayer & to discuss the week’s sermon. Most Community Groups will meet on Sunday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., while children attend the children’s ministry activities at the church. Below are  a list of the spring community groups: 


    Leader: Pat Davey

    Location: Home of Pat and Anna Davey


    Leaders: John and Debbie Hailey

    Location: Home of Justin and Emily Chappell, and the home of Matt and Sally Miller


    Leaders: John and Sarah Hope

    Location: Home of Bart and Vanessa Kaiser, and the home of John and Sarah Hope


    Leader: Mike and Susan McCrary

    Location: Home of Fred and Debbie Diegmann and the home of John and Paula Hancock


    Leaders: Tripp and Barbara Oliphant

    Location: Home of Michael and Kat Robinson, and the home of Tripp and Barbara Oliphant


    Leaders: Lisa and Chuck Snead

    Location: Home of Steven and Kimmie Sprayberry, and the home of Deena Stuart


    Leader: Doug and Sue Vermeulen

    Location: Home of John and Shannon Cline, and the home of Keith and Veronica Worley

  • Women’s bible study Groups

    Women’s small groups also called Circle groups, hold daytime and evening studies and meet regularly throughout the year providing women the opportunity to grow in God's Word and develop endearing friendships. Below is a list of spring Women's Bible studies: 

    MONDAY NIGHTS // 6:30 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M.

    Study: In All Things: A Study of Philippians by Melissa Kruger

    Location: Home of Cyndy McMenamin

    Facilitators: Cyndy McMenamin ( and Terri Peacock (

    No childcare provided.

    TUESDAY MORNINGS // 9:30 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M. 

    Study: A Praying Life, by Paul Miller

    Location: ESPC white building, room 8

    Facilitators: Mandy Barber (, Wendy McLendon (, and Kitty Wilson ( 

    **Childcare provided with registration; contact Anna Davey at**

    TUESDAY AFTERNOONS // 12:30 P.M. TO 2:30 P.M. 

    Study: Even Better than Eden, by Nancy Guthrie

    Location: ESPC white building, room 8

    Leaders: Julie Harcrow ( and Gale Colvert ( 

    No childcare provided.

    TUESDAY NIGHTS // 6:30 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M.

    Study: Even Better than Eden, by Nancy Guthrie

    Location: Home of Shannon Cline

    Facilitators: Shannon Cline (, and Veronica Worley ( 

    No childcare provided.

    WEDNESDAY MORNINGS // 9:30 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M. 

    Study: Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, by Paul Tripp

    Location: ESPC white building, room 8

    Leaders: Paula Hancock (, Charlotte Clayton (, and Dianne Balch (

    **Childcare provided with registration; contact Anna Davey at**

    THURSDAY MORNINGS // 9:30 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M. 

    Study: The Sermon on the Mount, by Jen Wilkin

    Location: ESPC white building, room 8

    Leaders: Barbara Oliphant ( and Brooke Preus ( 

    **Childcare provided with registration; contact Anna Davey at**

  • Men’s Small Groups

    Men’s Small Groups meet in the mornings in various locations for a time of prayer, Bible or book study and discussion. Below is a list of men's small groups that meet throughout the year. 

    SUNDAY AT  6:30 A.M. 

    Study: More Grace, More Love; A Study of Deuteronomy, by George Robertson

    Leader: John Hailey (

    Location: Room 9 in the white building

    MONDAY AT 6:00 A.M

    Study: 1 Corinthians

    Leader: Rich Skinner (

    Location: Bayside Orthopedic

    TUESDAY AT 7:00 P.M. 

    Young Men's Study: Hebrews

    Leader: J. D. Blake ( and Derek Nelson ( 

    Location: Youth building

    FRIDAY AT 6:45 A.M. 

    Study: Men's Coaching

    Leader: Phil Hardin ( 

    Location: Page and Palette in downtown Fairhope

    FRIDAY AT 7:00 A.M.

    Study: Study of Moses

    Leader: Newt Blackerby ( 

    Location: Room 8 in the white building

    SATURDAY AT 7:00 A.M.

    Study: New Testament Survey

    Leader: Bob Blake (

    Location: ESPC white building

  • Supper Clubs

    Supper clubs are groups of 8-10 people that meet monthly for fellowship. They are a great way to make new friends at ESPC. Usually, the Supper Club Leader hosts the first meeting and groups then rotate to various homes. New supper clubs are formed in late September and January. To sign up for a Supper Club, please email Margaret Whitehurst at

  • Crown Financial Management Class

    Excellent training by experienced leaders in biblical principles of managing finances, work and life.  

    Instructors: John Parker, Sam Crosby

    Contact: John Parker (251) 928-9607

    Limit: 8 students per class

    Cost: $55 single

              $65 per couple

    Fall/Winter class begins the second or third Thursday after Labor Day. Winter/Spring class begins the second or third Thursday in January. Sign up deadline is two weeks before the class begins.