WORLD RELIGIONS - taught by Laurie Schlaepfer
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.
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):
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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.
4th & 5th GRADE CLASS (for incoming 4th and 5th grade students):
THE CASE FOR FAITH FOR STUDENTS - taught by Josh Lund
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 Faith for Students" by Lee Strobel, which …need more blurb…
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.
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.
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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.
Josh Lund joins us from Kingsburg, California. He graduated from Fresno Pacific University (go Sunbirds) with a BA in Contemporary Christian Ministries in 2016. He has been working with our High School Ministry at Vintage Faith Church as an intern and also serves as the Kid’s Ministry Coordinator. He enjoys working with these life stages and all that they entail. He is thankful to glean and gain experience in church ministry with the goal in mind of one day becoming a youth pastor. On any given day, you may find Josh writing and recording his own music, playing soccer or eating copious amounts of Chinese food.