FirstPres Anderson

Our church continues to provide a variety of in-person, online, and hybrid opportunities for adults to engage in faith formation at times and places convenient for them. We offer regular, on-going small group studies as well as short-term interest groups by topic. As we resume safe in-person gatherings, additional offerings will be added. Be sure to visit frequently to see available options and what’s new.

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples…Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.”

Psalm 105:1, 3-4

recurring and upcoming events

study the bible on your schedule

Yale Divinity School offers a free online Bible study on a variety of biblical books and topics. Use these studies, which are guided by Yale faculty, on your own or with a group. Click the appropriate link to get started.

new testament studies

Jubilate! seeks to encourage women of First Pres to bond through worship, faith development, fellowship, and fun. Featuring a large group worship/instruction time and small group discussions hosted by trained leaders. Jubilate helps women of all ages joyfully connect, pray, experience in-depth group and individual bible study, and get to know each other better.


A joyful gathering of women who want to study the Bible together.

NEW FOR FALL! We will be studying the book of Ruth.

If you are not able to participate in a Jubilate small group this semester, you may want to study on your own!

Ruth: Discovering Your Place in God’s Story (Drawn In Bible Study) by Eugene H. Petersen

Here is a great overview of the book of Ruth to get you started: The Bible Project: Ruth

Large group gathering and Kickoff Session is at 6:30 PM Sunday, September 11. Large group gathering and Closing Session is at 6:30 PM, Sunday, October 23. Small groups will meet weekly in the interim. There is a small group meeting day and time convenient for you! 

sunday shorts (short-term studies)

Adults not participating in an on-going Sunday morning class or small group may choose to try out something new…Sunday Shorts.

Choose a short-term option that interests you and participate on Sunday mornings during the Faith Formation hour (9:30 AM) as you are able. Options will change periodically and you may select another topic as it fits your schedule and your interests.

Coming In October: Presby 101

Taught by Rev. Chad Wright-Pittman

Are you a new member? Regular visitor? Longtime member who wants to know more? … or are you just Presby-curious? We have a class for you!! For 4 weeks in October we’ll be hosting a Presby 101 class where you can learn how Presbyterians are…

-Rooted in History & Grounded in Context

-Connected and Accountable

-A Confessing Church

-Reformed & Always Being Reformed

If you’d like to learn more, join us in the Library (second floor) at 9:30 am

Meeting Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23.

our faith and our money

(Coming in November!)

Didn’t get a chance to join us to explore the connections between our faith and our money at Wednesday Night Live or via live-stream on Friday morning? No worries! You can catch-up with every gathering  right here:

Daily devotional on your phone

Give the d365 devotional a try! Download the free app on your smartphone (links below) and check it each day for a new message. Each week’s theme has daily inspiration as we “pause, listen, think, pray, and go” forward through our day, guided by scripture.

Presbyterian heritage tour of Scotland

Trip departing October 3, 2022.

If you could not join this trip, be looking for our next travel opportunity.

Contact Anne Tedder or Alisa Gibson for more information.


sunday offerings

Post-college to mid-30’s, forming new friendships as they explore matters of faith. Facilitators: Dennis & Anne Tedder, Drake & Gail Saylors, Fred & Sandi Tolly.

Meeting Sundays at 9:30 AM in the Parlor. Stay connected with the Gateway Facebook Page.

Studying the Revised Common Lectionary, presented in a lecture format with rotating teachers.

Facilitator: Pat Patrick

Meeting Sundays at 9:30 AM in Gallant Chapel.

In-depth Bible study for mature adults who enjoy approaching Scripture from a different point of view. Facilitator: Jane Terry

Meets Sundays at 9:30 AM in Room 122.

Lecture format in a casual setting, typically using contemporary studies based on a biblical book or theme. Facilitators: Scott Carothers, Brent Copeland, Bill Manson, & Henderson Wise.

Meets Sundays at 9:30 AM in Room 216.

Bible-based video and book studies designed for mature adult couples and singles who will contribute to the discussion to grow their faith and grow closer as a group. Facilitator: Mike Kay.

Meets Sundays at 9:30 AM in Room 214.

Deep, challenging give-and-take discussion with a small group of inquisitive minds, usually prompted by an academic lecture via DVD. Facilitators: Jean Mahaffey, Holt Ivey, & Jim Roser.

Meets Sundays at 9:00 AM with hybrid approach: In-person Room 212, and via Zoom.  Those interested in participating via Zoom, please contact the class facilitator(s) to get a link to the weekly meeting.

This class formed from many of those participating in Sunday Shorts last year. Studying the Revised Common Lectionary. Facilitator: Jennifer Stewart. Lead by various members of the class.

Meeting Sundays at 9:30 AM in the Family Life Center Lounge.


Wednesday night live offerings

First Pres offers mid-week activities called, Wednesday Night Live (WNL), from September through November and January through March as a time for Bible study, choirs, and dinner together.

Busy parents, busy families, busy life! Why not unplug on Wednesday evenings while your kids are attending Wednesday Night Live programs? Recharge in a very casual atmosphere with a brief bible study, fellowship, and reflection that will help reboot for the remainder of the week. Facilitator: Catherine Ryan

Meeting Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in Room 214 when Wednesday Night Live is in session.

Adults studying the online Gospel of Luke may gather to review and ask questions and receive assistance from the pastors for their individual study. Each week will be facilitated by one of our Pastors. 

Meeting Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in the Chapel when Wednesday Night Live is in session.


other weekday offerings

These men enjoy study, fellowship, and service. They select a book of the Bible or a faith topic, discuss the weekly reading, pray together, and provide care for our church family and the wider community through an extensive Prayer Card ministry. This group welcomes men who would enjoy these activities of faith and fellowship. Facilitators: John Brown and David Segers

Meets Wednesdays at noon in the Family Life Center.

Bible study with a twist!
Facilitator: Art Klugh
Meets First and Third Thursdays at 5:30 PM – in various locations in downtown Anderson. Updates sent via text. Contact Art Klugh or Dennis Tedder if you need to know location.

Biscuits and Bible Study

Facilitator: Dr. Dennis Tedder

Meets Second and Fourth Fridays at 7:30 AM in the Kirk

Young women enjoy coffee, conversation, and a devotional thought.

Hosted by Katie Beth Johnson at The Bee Hive, 510 N Main Street

Contact Anne Tedder at for meeting schedule.

This women’s bible study is shepherded by Lynn Cantrell and studies a variety of topics chosen by the group.

Meets Mondays at 1:00 PM in Room 212.

This organization of the PC(USA) meets in Circle groups to focus on bible study and contributing to PW mission. It offers large group programs for all women two times a year, usually in the fall and spring. PW is directed by a Coordinating Council of elected officers.

Daytime Circle meets second Monday of the month at 12:00 PM (noon) in the McDougald Room of the FLC.  Jane Terry is the facilitator for this group.

Anne Tedder

Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation

Engaging adults in practices to strengthen their Christian faith for “real life” is the primary focus for Anne, who joined the transitional Faith Formation Team in December 2020 as the coordinator for adults. She has a long history of service with various non-profit agencies including Anderson YMCA, Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (the Easley and Clinton communities), Presbyterian College, and Thornwell Home and School for Children.

She has served on the staffs of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden (Children’s Ministry) and Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama (Young Adult Ministry). She has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union-PSCE) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.

Anne has been married to her husband, Dennis, for 38 years and is the mother of two grown sons. She likes to walk/talk with friends, workout at the Y, play all kinds of games (ask her to teach you one), read, bake bread, and travel. She is hoping to lead a church trip to Scotland to study the Reformation in Fall 2022.