WORLD RELIGIONS - taught by Laurie Schlaepfer
Religion in the United States has never been more diverse, but our understanding of other faiths has not kept pace. In this class we will discuss the fundamental beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Mormonism. In this class, Laurie Schlaepfer will help us explore where these religions share common ground with our Christian faith, as well as important points of contrast. Together we’ll learn how to be respectful of religious others while being a faithful witness to Jesus and the truth of the Gospel.
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE - taught by Clayton Paull
VFC is eager to be shaped into a community that knows, loves and reflects God, and yet we realize that we don’t simply drift into becoming ‘like Jesus’. That is why this summer, we will be exploring the Spiritual Disciplines together in this class. The Disciplines (things like prayer, Scripture intake, serving, stewardship, silence, solitude, fasting, sharing faith) have been around for centuries, and have proven over the ages to be powerful and soul shaping practices that we can learn and incorporate into our lives so that we may be formed into the likeness of Christ by the power of God’s Spirit at work in us.
HIGH SCHOOL CLASS (for incoming 9th - 12th grade students):
DOUBT & FAITH - taught by Scott Collier-Weir
Doubt is often viewed as the enemy of faith - something to keep quiet and hidden. But what if it’s something else altogether? What if it’s a healthy part of a life of faith, something that can actually help us deepen our trust in God? In this class for high school students we’ll remove the fear from doubt by exploring its many types and giving practical ideas of how to engage it with confidence, in community, to prepare students to follow Jesus deeply and honestly as they grow older.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS (for incoming 6th - 8th grade students):
CASE FOR FAITH FOR TEENS - taught by Dawn Jackson
Middle School is a time of intense learning and discovery about the world. It’s not easy to believe in Christianity when the world poses difficult questions about our faith at every turn - unless there are answers to those questions. In this class, we’ll provide tools for our students to know what they believe and why, along with powerful insights that aim to reshape our understanding of the Bible. We hope students come away understanding that faith in Jesus not only makes excellent sense, but also makes a life-changing difference.
Laurie Schlaepfer was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and Psychology at Corban University in Salem, Oregon, and then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Laurie is married to Rene Schlaepfer, pastor of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos. They have been in ministry together for more than 30 years. In addition to teaching on a wide variety of topics at her church and at conferences, Laurie has been teaching World Religions as an adjunct professor at Western Seminary since 2001. She is also part of the Interfaith Speakers Bureau for the Islamic Network Group of San Jose. Laurie and Rene have three adult children, and she is loving her new roll as a grandma.
Clayton Paull currently serves as the Director of Connections & Community here at VFC. A California native, he grew up in San Diego, but moved up to the Bay Area in 1998. He has been around the San Jose area since then, apart from a 2 year stint in Portland to earn a Masters Degree from Multnomah Seminary. He is married to the amazing Kim and has two beautiful girls who help keep things lively and fresh. In addition to spending time with family, Clayton thoroughly enjoys snowboarding, skateboarding (to a safer degree nowadays), surfing and more recently Crossfit. He also likes reading books along with a good cup of coffee, and while it’s not always fun, he tries to run 5-10k races from time to time to stay in shape.
Scott Collier-Weir is a Southern California native having been born and raised in Simi Valley. Having attending Biola University and earning a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies his hunger to continue to learn and grow led him to various areas of ministry. He spent a few years working at Camp Hammer as the Apostle Director of Apostle (high school ministry), was formally part of the Vintage Faith Church staff as a Protege Intern and is currently teaching special education at Branham High School and serves as our Protege Residential Director. He and his energetic and lovely wife Cathryn have an 18 month old son, Linden, that they love to adventure with. Depending on the day, you may find the three of them exploring the great outdoors, hiking, biking, rock climbing, reading, or cooking together, or all of the above!
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.