Need direction

At GMV one of our main focuses is on community. Scripture shows us that one of God’s intents is for us to live in community with one another. To put it another way, we are convinced that God wants His kids to “do life together.” One of the first things that we stress to people when they begin showing interest in our church is to find a life group to plug into. If you are visiting GMV, you will be personally contacted and given specific information about what steps you can take relative to finding a life group to attend. Let us POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!

Below is a listing of all of our life groups available. If you have any questions or need direction please contact Jim Andrews.

LIFE groups

Life group gatherings  take place in a variety of ways and places. some classes are offered here on campus and some are hosted in homes. 


  • Parenting Life Group-6:00pm-facilitated by Daryl & Haley Irons. Sunday Evenings in room 321.       Childcare will be provided. Please contact Daryl at for more information.          


  • Faith Sisters Bible Study-10:00am-facilitated by Billie Sue Hulsey. Tuesday mornings in room 212.

  • Coffee & Christ-10:00am-facilitated by Mark Ford. Tuesday mornings in the Small Dining Room.


  • GMV Women's Accountability Group-9:00am in room 304- led by Pam Irons. GMV Women are you interested in meeting weekly with other women to share our Christian walk with one another?! This would be a time to share and pray for one another.  Women of all ages are encouraged to come. The group was formed to afford a safe and confidential space within our GMVUMC Church’s congregation where ladies can come together and address in a group setting questions such as:
  • Where have I seen Jesus at work in my life this week?
  • How have I been the hands and feet of Jesus in the world in which I live this week?
  • How have I failed to respond to His calling in my life this week?
  • What are my plans for study, service, and worship this coming week?

From these questions, lively discussions are born and participants are given the opportunity to share what is on their heart and pray with and for each other. Some of the group members have these things to say about their experience in participating.

Participating in the Women’s Accountability Group has caused me to recognize the ways that God is active in my life. Through the kindness of many people in the recent weeks following my knee replacement surgery, my needs have been met. Only God stirs hearts to be so generous. When I returned to the group recently, I was anxious to share my experiences and give praise to our Lord. - Katherine Bellenger

It is not a Bible study, not a book study. It is just women sharing our Christian walk: The good we felt in the previous week as well as the times we failed Him and ourselves and the acknowledgement from each other that we are not alone either. This group is simply a blessing! - Mary Lou Hughes

Initially I was skeptical of participating in the Women’s Accountability Group because it wasn’t a traditional Bible study. What I have found is that it is a safe place to share whatever it is that is troubling me as well as my mountain tops. I also see how I can be an encouragement to others. God wants us to be there for one another and that can only happen when we come together. - Diana Jeffreys


  • See All the People | Pastor Ray Whittaker & Bill Couch | Wednesday Evenings 6:30PM | RM 318


  • Evangelism 101 | Bill Couch | Wednesday Evenings 6:30PM | RM 209

  • Heroes of the Old Testament| Cathy Harris | Wednesday Evenings 6:30PM |  RM 319                                        this study explores crucial moments in the lives of Old Testament figures; Esther, Gideon, Malachi, Nehemiah and Hosea.

  • Study of Acts | Rev. Jeri Hunt | Wednesday Evenings | 6:30PM | RM 213  

  • Grief Recovery | Heather Cason | Wednesday Evenings 6:30PM | Library

  • Sign Language Life Group Part 2  | Terry Dahlgren | Wednesday Evenings | 6:30PM | Sanctuary                    Learn to communicate with the hearing impaired from our very own Dahlgren Family.        

  • Single Parenting Life Group | Jennifer Mabrey | Wednesday Evenings | 6:30PM | Parlor

  • Image Bearers, Moving from Pro-Birth to Pro-Life | Pam Irons | Wednesday Evenings | 6:30PM | RM 304                            This study is not only about abortion, but Christians coming alongside all of God's Image Bearers to minister to them.    


  • Divorce Recovery | Laura Dunson | Wednesday Evenings | 6:30PM | RM 212

  • Faith & Fitness with Purpose | Anna Firestone | OFF CAMPUS                                                                                a growing community of support for us all as we take our own journeys toward healthier living-we will meet face to face at least twice a month at various time according to the needs of the group-we will join each other in a virtual community using Facebook for daily support, motivation, recipes and encouragement-together we can all grow closer to HIM and we can all grow more confident in building healthier habits-contact Anna Firestone at for more information.  



  • New Journey– room 306

  • His Servant– room 317.  Blended class of all ages. Contact Cathy Harris (447-8533) or Jan Chandler (531-8135) for more information.

  • Journey– room 319. All ages welcome! Single or married. This class focuses on in-depth Bible study and topics that stretch us out of our comfort zone and equip us for witnessing to unbelievers and growing in our personal faith journey. This class enjoys opportunities offered by GMV as well as quarterly social events that allow our members to develop interpersonal relationships.

  • In the Boat-room 321. Ages 18-45. This class is designed for young adults. This class will be doing a study on Balancing Life's Demands: Biblical Principals for a Busy Life by Chip Ingram. Are you busy, tired, stressed out, and stretched to the limit? Does life seem a little out of control? Are you running long on "to-do's" and short on time? In the series, Balancing Life's Demands, you will learn how to put "first things first" and find peace in the midst of pressure and adversity. This isn't about clichés or quick fixes, just practical biblical insights to help you order your personal world. We will be watching video segments by Chip, then follow with discussion questions. Contact Stacy Curl ( for more information.


  • New Direction– Small Dining Room.  All ages welcome! Rotating Teachers. We follow the Bible Expositor & Illuminator curriruculum. We try to have a class full of open discussion. Contact Bill Couch (205-612-8048/ for more information.

  • Frank Malone Class– room 209.  Ages 60-70’s. Couples & singles. We follow the Adult Bible Study by Cokesbury. Leader: Wayne Burrow, Wayne Duncan & Darlene Shirley

  • Singles– room 304.  Singles of all ages. Rotating teachers. As a group we are loving, and welcoming and genuinely care about others. Please join us as we grow closer to Christ together. Contact Kathy Erhart (205) 631-9833 for more information.

  • Seekers– room 305.  Singles & couples of all ages. We have five facilitators that rotate leading the class discussion of lessons in the Adult Bible Studies book. This class is also involved in supporting events outside our class including missions, fellowship gatherings, assisting the hospitality committee and praying. Contact Jackie Schillaci ( for more information.

  • Ambassadors– room 310.  Older adults. We visit our shut-ins and church members that are not able to attend worship each month. We also plan a social get together every other month to fellowship. Contact Ethelene Bullard (205-410-3775) for more information.

  • Joy– room 308.  Ages 30-60. Discussion style class that study a variety of topics, always Bible-based. Friendly class that has fun and supports each other. Our discussions are lively, we don’t shy away from controversial topics. Contact Danny Dunson ( for more information.

  • Fellowship– room 318.  A service-minded class of active retired adults who use the Cokesbury series for a lecture/discussion guide for Sunday School Bible study. We use a rotating group of teachers. Contact Bobbie Andrews (205-631-8886/ for more information.

  • Rainbow– room 319.  Ages 40 and up. Rotating facilitators. Andy Stanley studies are our favorite and we normally have a DVD or streaming study. For more information please contact Lyn Herring at or (205) 631-9256

  • Open Door– room 212.  Age doesn't define us! All ages welcome. We like discussion rather than lecture. We stay scripture focused, apply what we learn to current culture and we have fun! Very active with outreach opportunities inside & outside the church. Rotating teachers. Contact Harold Payne (205-853-0236/ for more information.