DESIGN: HOW GOD UNIQUELY MADE YOU AND WHY - taught by Valerie Webb
Have you ever wondered what on the earth you’re here for? Every person on the planet at some point in their lives asks two existential questions: Who am I? And What am I here for? These two questions of identity and purpose are crucial to answer, in order to live a life of meaning and significance. Thankfully, the Bible answers these two questions, in powerful and profound ways.
In this class, Valerie Webb will help you discover the unique ways in which God has designed you. You’ll learn about a variety of specific spiritual gifts that God gives to individuals, not simply for the individual’s sake but so that the individual might use those gifts to impact their world. You’ll also learn what it looks like to find a deeper sense of identity and purpose by immersing yourself in a story bigger than your own, through the local church and beyond.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS (AND ISN'T) - taught by Tyler Hurst
One of the most talked about and yet mysterious ideas in all of the Christian faith is the idea of the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? What’s his purpose? What does it mean that the Holy Spirit is in us? How do I know if something is really the Holy Spirit moving or human thoughts, feelings, and actions? What does it really mean to live a Spirit-filled life?
In this class, Tyler Hurst will help us make sense of it all by taking a deep dive into what the Bible actually tells us (and doesn’t tell us) about the Holy Spirit. We’ll delve into the Bible as well as two important books on the Holy Spirit - “Who On Earth Is The Holy Spirit?” by Tim Chester and “Keep In Step With The Spirit” by J.I. Packer - for the answers. This class is for anyone who has ever been confused, confounded, moved, and/or inspired by the Holy Spirit and has a desire to live a more Spirit-filled life.
THE GROWN-UP'S GUIDE TO TEENAGE HUMANS- taught by Dave Tieche
Parenting teenagers isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re a parent of a teenager (or soon-to-be teen), you know all about the challenges of this season of life. But you also know that there’s immense potential in your kid. And the teenage years can be the pivot point upon which their entire lives turn.
In this class for parents, mentors, and leaders of teenagers and pre-teens, Dave Tieche will equip you to skillfully and successfully guide your teenager through some of the most important issues they face - ownership, communication, trust, social media, difficult & awkward conversations, etc. And most importantly, this class will give you tools to effectively help your teenager engage their faith and follow Jesus with their whole lives.
HIGH SCHOOL CLASS (for incoming 9th - 12th grade students):
HEAVEN, HELL, SATAN, ANGELS & DEMONS - taught by Dan Kimball
What does the Bible actually tell us about heaven and hell? If God is good, why wouldn’t he let everyone into heaven? If God is good, how could he send people to a terrible place like hell? And what about Satan, angels, and demons - who are they and what are they all about? Dan Kimball will guide students through the Bible, searching out and studying the strangest, confusing, even disturbing parts, to help us better understand often misunderstood ideas like heaven, hell, Satan, angels, and demons. This class will assure high school students of God’s immense love for them and instill them with confidence in God’s unmatched power over all things. Students will also gain tools for reading and studying the Bible in ways that will increase their desire for the Scripture and deepen their faith in Jesus.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS (for incoming 6th - 8th grade students):
CAN I ASK THAT? - taught by Micah Rice
The middle school years are often the time when major faith questions begin to come to the forefront of a students mind. Questions like: Is it wrong to doubt God? Is hell real, and how could God send someone there? Can I do something so bad God won’t forgive me? Why do bad things happen to good people? Though these may seem like four big theoretical questions, they are actually four deeply relational questions. Ultimately, these questions are about understanding God’s character, who He really is, and how He really relates with us. In this class for middle school students, Micah Rice will address these questions and anxieties that students have head-on and give them confidence in God’s perfect character, goodness, and love for them. Students will also develop skills in how to read and search the Bible, and ask experienced Christians, for answers and understanding so they are equipped for future questions they will have in the development of their faith.
4th & 5th GRADE CLASS (for incoming 4th and 5th grade students):
THE CASE FOR CHRIST FOR KIDS - taught by Dawn Jackson
We are excited to offer a fun and interactive class that will equip your 4th and 5th grade student to defend their faith in an unbelieving world! We will be walking through "The Case for Christ for Kids" by Lee Strobel, which presents historical evidence, up-to-date scientific research, and real-life stories that provide compelling support for Jesus' life, ministry, and miracles.
As our elementary students grapple with such questions as, “Was Jesus really born in a stable? Did his friends tell the truth? Did he really come back from the dead?,” this 4-week class will equip students with answers to these and other pressing questions in kid-friendly language that will help them grow in their faith.
Valerie Webb has been a part of the staff at Twin Lakes Church for over 25 years and currently serves as Staff Pastor. She has a Bible degree and Bachelors and Masters in Chinese History from SJSU. She is passionate about the local church, its people and its impact. Valerie has facilitated our Women's Summer Conversations and is a great friend to Vintage Faith Church and everyone she encounters. She also loves to make people smile, eating amazing food and enjoys time by the ocean and with family and friends.
Tyler Hurst teaches New Testament at Monte Vista Christian School. He is also an adjunct professor at Biola University. He graduated from Talbot School of Theology at Biola with masters degrees in both Theology and Philosophy. He and his wife Tiffany are Santa Cruz born and raised and love spending time with their 2 1/2 year-old old son, Clayton, and newborn, Dashiell. Tyler is a major foodie a HUGE San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan, and tries to spend as much time as he can reading.
Dave Tieche is the dad of a teenager and has been a high school teacher. He currently serves as teaching pastor at WestGate Church in San Jose. Last year, he helped write the best-selling book The Grown-Up’s Guide To Teenage Humans alongside his friend Josh Shipp. He has taught people all over the country, from the Orange Conference to Saddleback Church and a variety of schools, how to raise and support teenagers and pre-teens to become success stories. He enjoys making people laugh and is the Ohio State Buckeyes biggest fan.
Dan Kimball Dan Kimball serves on staff at Vintage Faith Church, overseeing the mission and teaching. Dan was not raised going to a church, but while in college he began wondering whether the Bible was a mythical story and if people simply became Christians because of their geographic context of living in American suburbia. After much studying of the Bible and comparative religions, he put faith in Jesus and hasn’t looked back. He has an unquenchable passion for comic books, drumming and most importantly, to teach the new generations about the importance of knowing Scripture and all of it’s truths.
Micah Rice serves as the Director of Youth Ministry at Vintage Faith Church. He began serving in youth ministry as a volunteer while in college. Through leading a small group of high school students, he developed a passion for youth ministry. Micah has worked in youth ministry ever since in volunteer, part-time, and full-time roles. He received his undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Fresno State University and is currently pursuing his graduate degree from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He loves Jesus, his lovely wife Hannah, reading, weird music, making art in its many forms (ceramics, painting, printmaking, environments, writing, etc.), eating good, healthy food, drinking tea, and having good conversations with people.
Dawn Jackson serves as Director of Kids & Families Ministry at Vintage Faith Church. Before that, she worked many years as an educator and has extensive experience working with kids of all ages, as well as their parents. She graduated from Bethany University with a Teaching Credential and Masters in Teaching. She and her husband, Brian, have been a part of Vintage Faith Church since 2006, serving in various ministries throughout the years. They have two children, Ella and Brian, who adore their church "family." In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, running and training for races and enjoying the outdoor beauty of Santa Cruz.