Connect in life-giving Community

At Coker we know that you want to be in community and feel connected to others. Since 1883, we have been helping people connect into life-giving community. One of the ways we do that is by inviting you to join an online, on-demand, or in-person group. Various groups are offered this Spring. See class listings and sign-up below or, for more information, e-mail Rev Damon Relder at

Note: If you are new to Coker please register for our next Connecting at Coker HERE (Log-In Information will be sent to you). Most of our classes are free or ask you to purchase certain materials. The Institutes offered in conjunction with Asbury Seminary are College level courses so tuition fees do apply for those. For details on any classes or how to best connect, contact:

Connecting at Coker

FOR THOSE NEW TO COKER: Connecting at Coker (A one time class offered monthly)

At Coker UMC we know that you want to be in community. In order to do that, you need a church that helps you feel connected. The problem is that churches can be hard to navigate which makes you feel alone in the crowd or without clear next steps. We believe you deserve to be welcomed, seen, known, and walked with. We understand that making friends at church can be hard which is why, since 1883, we have been helping people connect into life-giving community. Here’s how we do it: We invite you to attend a Connecting at Coker Class and we invite you to join a group and/or class within Coker. Spring Class information is listed below, register for the class(es) that best fit your schedule & interest! If you are new to Coker, register HERE for our next Connecting at Coker Class.


In-Person: Coker Kids & Coker Youth
For details on Coker Kids and Coker Youth Sunday Morning happenings, contact Family Ministries Director, Cheryl Kendall at 

Online & In-Person: Sunday School Classes
Led by: Various Teachers
Sunday school classes are currently meeting throughout the day on Sundays and throughout the week. For times, days, log-in details, and to know which class is a good fit for you- reach out to


In-Person: Summer Study of the Life of Joseph
Class Led By: Elaine Hitzfelder & Tina Engle
Days, Time, Location: Mondays, 9-10:45 AM, In-Person- Wesley 703/704
This is a five-week study of Joseph’s life as covered in Genesis 37-47 using materials from Bible Study Fellowship. The materials are free to participants. The study begins Monday, June 7, at 9:00 a.m. in Wesley 703/704. We will meet each Monday from June 7 through July 12 (no class on July 5). Those wishing to participate need to contact Tina Engle before June 7 in order to get the booklet and be ready for the first discussion. Tina’s phone # is 210-872-3304; email is
Contact: Tina Engle


Seamless Summer Women’s Bible Study | 6:30 PM
Tuesdays June 15th-Aug 3rd | Wesley 703/704 (Zoom option also available)

Ladies, invite friends and plan to spend Tuesday evenings during the summer with Coker traveling through the Bible in one complete story. As described on Lifeway, “In seven sessions, Seamless covers the people, places and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Participants will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of God’s Word. Seamless helps replace insecurity that holds participants back with clarity and helping them move forward with confidence in their understanding of Scripture. Each week of study features key information that ties all of scripture together into the seamless truth of the gospel message and is accompanied by maps, general Bible facts, and word studies.” The class will be led by Meredith Chacon and both in-person and zoom options are available.

Contact: Meredith at


ONLINE or IN-PERSON Summer Short Studies: 3 Courses Offered (Jump in or out as you are available)
Isaac- June 16th-20th, James- July 7th-14th, 1 Corinthians- July 21st-Aug11th
Led By: Paula Fredrickson
Three different short studies will be offered on Wednesdays at 1:00p this summer using the free app, Wordgo, which may be used on a smartphone or tablet.  You can jump into one or all of them as you please. The study includes 5 days/wk of individual scripture study, 2-3 questions, optional study notes, and one weekly audio lecture, all contained in the app and completed at the participant’s convenience. The program customizes the material to the amount of time (10, 15, or 30 minutes/day) each participant chooses. The weekly group discussion will be held via Zoom video conference on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00p.  Scripture reading and preparation begins one week before the first class.
Contact Paula:
App Information and Additional Details: HERE

ONLINE or IN-PERSON Going Home, A Study of Ezra and Nehemiah (Pastors’ Class) 
Led By: Rev Damon Relder and additional invited teachers
Days, Times, Location: Wednesdays- June 16th-July 28th, 6:30 PM, Online: Zoom, In-Person: Room Wesley Building 703/704
Overview: Join us for a study through the Book, “Ezra & Nehemiah Life Change Bible Study” Classes are taking place Wednesdays at 6:30 PM (In-Person, Wesley 703/704, Online via Zoom)
Contact: Pastor Damon
Books Requirements and Additional Details: HERE


ONLINE: Prayer Time
Led By: Robyn Myers & David Smith
The prayer team meets weekly to pray over one another and over Coker as a whole. We continue in prayer over where God is sending us in ministry work, over how to reach out and be in meaningful community, how to extend a hand of healing through the power of the Holy Spirit, over individual ministry areas and over individuals. Robyn sends out a weekly scripture for us to center on and David reads a devotional as he feels led before we open up for prayer. All are invited to pray out loud or quietly in their own hearts- however you feel led. All are welcome, e-mail Robyn for the Zoom log-in.
Contact Robyn:

Online, Thursdays: Synoptic Gospels Parallels: A comparative Study into Mark, Matthew & Luke
Join us Thursday, 6:30-7:30 PM Via Zoom, July 8th-August 12th
Led By: Ray Chacon
Have you ever wondered why not all the narratives are the same throughout the Gospels? This comparative study will take a side-by-side look into the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke in order to facilitate our learning. This 6-week study will highlight similarities and differences within each of the Gospels to deepen our understanding of their respective meanings. All that is required is a Bible and the willingness to engage in scripture. This class will be online (on Zoom) and we look forward to meeting and growing closer to Christ with you!
Contact Sarabeth at or Ray Chacon at
For Zoom Log-In Details!


ONLINE Book Study: The Shack
Led By: Dr. Mark Humphrey
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him.
Contact Mark:
Zoom Information and Additional Details: HERE

More for Adults