There are lots of ways to grow in faith. At St. John’s, we focus on four: small groups, “one and done” classes, leader training, and independent studies. You can join us in-person, virtually, or on-demand, according to your schedule and comfort level. In each study, you’ll find an opportunity to deepen your faith and foster authentic relationships with others. Let’s grow in faith. Together.


Small Group Studies

These studies provide you with the opportunity to engage in Bible study that is practical, thought provoking and applies to your everyday life. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with people interested in the same topics, see some familiar faces, and, hopefully, build new connections with folks from St. John's.

These groups are either offered online via zoom or in a hyrbid format.


GIFT Women's Ministry

Our women's ministry, known as GIFT -- Girls in Faith Together -- shapes women marked by Welcome, Community, and Leadership.

GIFT hosts special events and retreats, Wild Women fellowship gatherings, semi-annual book circles, and Food for Thought Packing Parties.

For more information, email

Women's Bible Study

Join us Tuesdays at 8 am via zoom for  with Pastor Laura. Contact for the gospel reading and zoom link!


Men's Ministry

Men’s Ministry at St. John’s provides time for men to fellowship and grow together, through our annual Pancake Breakfast, Beach Retreat, and Thursday morning Men’s Bible Study.

Men's Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study gathers Thursday mornings, 8-9 am via zoom. The Bible study is led by Pastor Rhodes on the upcoming Sunday gospel.


Senior Academy

The Academy at St. John’s is an initiative of Senior Seasons Ministry. The Academy schedule offers a variety of educational courses and activities in the areas of spiritual growth, community service, personal enrichment, healthy living, and FUN!

Fall Academy will be a 4-week series, Tuesdays, Sept. 14- Oct. 5, with Pastor Rhodes’ Bible Study from 10-11:30 am, lunch from 11:30 am -12:30 pm, and a “master’s class” in the afternoon.

A box lunch will be provided for those who purchase. Cost is $10. You may also bring your lunch.

Morning Bible Study: 10-11:30 am
Pastor Rhodes Woolly will teach the bible study, entitled, “Questions for Jesus.” Session titles are listed below.

  1. What Do You Think about Marriage and Divorce? (Mark 10:2-16)
  2. What Must I Do to Be Saved? (Mark 10:17-31)
  3. How Boldly Can I Pray? (Mark 10:46-52)
  4. How Much Should I Give? (Mark 12:38-44)

Lunch 11:30am -12:30pm

Afternoon Class: 12:30 pm-2 pm
Catawba College leaders and professors will share on a variety of topics.

  • Dr. David Nelson, President of Catawba College, speaking on the History and Mission of the College + News on promising developments for the future, including meaningful ways of engaging the community with the college.
  • Dr. Scott Morton, Assistant Professor of Communications, “The History of Broadcast Radio in the United States”
  • Amanda Grieshaber, Coordinator of Therapeutic Recreation, speaking on the benefits of her program, giving some demonstrations of techniques.
  • Dr. Kenneth W. Clapp, Sr. Vice President and Chaplain, speaking on “Why We Need Church Related Colleges.”


Independent Studies

New in 2021 is a growing list of independent studies you can access at a time that’s convenient for you. Some of the classes are led by leaders at St. John’s. Others are led by carefully-selected teachers from throughout the country. Some will enjoy the challenge of completing a “St. John’s Certificate,” which you’ll receive after completing a certain number of independent studies. Others will be drawn to a single class that piques your interest. Join in when it’s right for you!


Shaping Leaders

A core principle at St. John’s is to be a community of disciples who make disciples for Christ. Our disciple-making process takes seriously the shaping of servant-leaders for the sake of the community and church. Through training, mentoring, and cohort groups, we’re helping disciples claim their God-given giftedness and discern their role as a leader in God’s kingdom.

This ministry is currently on hold until in-person meeting resumes.