Bible Studies

Whether you are new to reading the Bible or someone who has grown up with it, we offer a place where the riches of the world’s greatest book can be more deeply explored. We also offer various other classes which will help you grow in other ways as well.

“Plug in” each fall, spring and summer to a variety of Bible studies and courses at Custer Road UMC. Regardless of where you are in your spiritual walk, there is something here for you. Take this journey with us as we learn, grow and fellowship together. Within Adult Ministry at Custer Road, it is our goal to create and foster environments that provide you with an opportunity to Discover, Build and Expand your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Special Summer 2017  Lecture Series

  • This event will be held on June 19, 20 & 21, 2017.   1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Room B18.  This lecture series is being offered FREE of charge; however, we ask that you Register HERE to reserve your space. 

Over these three days we will look at the different ways that Chinese, Indian, and Islamic culture understand what it means to be human in society, how these views differ from those found in the Christian West, and what this may mean for international relations today.

Dr. Robert A. Hunt was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1955. After attending school in Austin and Richardson, he majored in History at the University of Texas in Austin. After completing a Master of Theology at Perkins School of Theology (SMU) he served the Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. In 1985 he and his wife Lilian moved to Kuala Lumpur, where they taught at the Seminary Theology Malaysia. From 1993 to 1997 he taught at the Trinity Theological College in Singapore. In 1994 he received his PhD from the University of Malaya, focusing on Christian missions to and relationship with Muslims in Southeast Asia. From 1997 to 2004 he was pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, and an adjunct professor at Webster University in Vienna. Dr. Hunt is presently Director of Global Theological Education at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and teaches courses in World Religions, Inter-religious Dialogue, and Mission.

Ongoing Class Selections
  • This class is held on Sundays, once a month,  from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Each class is one session.  This class is held in Room B11, and is led by Jerry Butler. This class is offered FREE of charge.  Register Here.  Ever wanted to know some basics facts about the Bible?   Have you felt a need to read Scripture on a regular basis but were not sure where to start?   Bible 101 is a one-session, two hour course being offered on an on-going basis that will provide you with some basic information about the Bible and some tools for reading and personal study.   Whether you are just getting started or have been engaged with Scriptures for years, this course is for you!

Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler serves as Director of Adult Ministry at Custer Road UMC.  As a frequent Bible study facilitator, Sunday school teacher, and guest lecturer,  he is passionate about Church history and discussing how we can actively live out our Faith in the world.   Jerry received a BBA and MBA with a focus on marketing from LeTourneau University and is currently working on a Masters of Divinity at Perkins School of Theology, SMU.


2017 Bible Studies

  • This class is held on Thursdays from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.,  There are 6 sessions, beginning on June 8, 2017. Register Here This class is offered at NO COST and is held in room B5 and will be led by Jeremy Holman.This dynamic six-week small group Bible study is designed for young fathers who will strive to live more courageously in four key areas:
  • Responsibility: serving, protecting, and casting a vision for their family
  • Priorities: focusing on eternal things rather than what is temporary
  • Legacy: recognizing a father’s potential impact as a godly role model
  • Faith: strengthening a father’s identity in Christ, increasing in wisdom

The program is based on the bold fatherhood and family principles featured in the film Courageous (from the makers of Fireproof). Each week, men engage in discussion based on assigned reading from the 64-page member book, and film clips from the movie. The class will also watch the full-length feature film at the completion of the study. Men in all phases of their relationship with God are encouraged to be part of this new course for dads at Custer Road UMC.

  • This session will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017  from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in room B18 and will be led by Jerry Lee Butler, Director of Adult Ministry, CRUMC.    Register HERE.  What could be more mundane or less religious than shopping?  Yet shopping asks us to choose our values and weigh the good in everyday terms. It also brings us instantly in contact with the myriad relationships and labor of people all over the world who have grown, harvested, or crafted the food, clothes, and other items with which we sustain and adorn our lives. Join us for a conversation that explores the rich material on economic activity and relationships in the Christian tradition and the larger pertinence of our actions in an era of globalized economic interconnection.

Jerry Butler serves as Director of Adult Ministry at Custer Road UMC.  As a frequent Bible study facilitator, Sunday school teacher, and guest lecturer,  he is passionate about Church history and discussing how we can actively live out our Faith in the world.   Jerry received a BBA and MBA with a focus on marketing from LeTourneau University and is currently working on a Masters of Divinity at Perkins School of Theology, SMU.


  • This class is held on Sundays from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  There are 30 sessions, beginning on August 27, 2017  This class is $45, is held in room B6 and will be led by Michael Rasmussen.  Register HERE. The Disciple Series Christian Believer program focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith—presenting, explaining, and interpreting them in a way that participants can understand, through the use of words, symbols, and hymns. Over a 30-week period, participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars.

MICHAEL RASMUSSEN  has been a member at CRUMC since 1998.   He is also a member of the Footprints Sunday School class, along with his wife of 21 years, Carolyn.   Michael & Carolyn have two boys, Blake and Grant, both active in the youth and children’s programs here at CRUMC.   Michael enjoys Texas A&M sports (of all kinds) and NASCAR.   The whole family enjoys travelling with their RV, usually to the mountains of Colorado, or to some other cool destinations in the USA.   A lifelong Christian, Michael has a passion for studying the Bible and a gift for teaching the gospel to groups and individuals.


  • This class is held on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  There are six sessions, beginning on August 2, 2017  This class is $13, is held in room B4 and will be led by Merrigale Allen.  Register HERE.  The moment you accept Jesus as the Lord over your life, you are redeemed. As the redeemed, we experience a lifelong journey of being transformed into HIs image. As redeemed women, we grow in the grace of Christ, and He calls us to extend grace to others.  During the course of this study, Angela Thomas-Pharr explores the practical side of redemption, inviting us to lean upon Jesus for our real help and hope.



Merrigale Allen has been a member of CRUMC and Chancel Choir since 2008. Having led many Bible Study groups, Merrigale is a devoted student of Scripture and a gifted teacher.


  • This class is held on Tuesday’s from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  There are 10 sessions, beginning on September 5, 2017  This class is offered FREE of charge, is held in room B5 and will be led by Gene Oldham.  Register HEREWhat is a parable? A parable is a story designed to teach a lesson through comparison. When you hear the story, you can relate it to your own life.  Parables convey their message of truth through analogy, through comparison or contrast.   Jesus often utilized parables as teaching aids, which made comparisons of spiritual matters to earthly stories that His followers could easily understand.  Oftentimes, these ancient stories are stunningly still applicable in modern times.  In the first three Gospels, we find 35 recorded parables that Jesus preached.   During the course of this study participants will explore and journey together through some of the popular New Testament parables, reaching for deeper understanding and work together to see how these stories apply to life in the 21st century.

GENE OLDHAM has been a member at CRUMC since 1990. He is also an active member of the Positive Thinkers Sunday School class along with his wife Linda. Over the years, Gene has served as a small group leader for several Bible Studies and Sunday School classes. Gene is a gifted teacher that brings a passion for Scripture and a wealth of Biblical knowledge to any class he leads.


  • This class is held on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Beginning on Jan 11, 2017  This class is offered FREE of Charge, is held in room B6 and will be led by Tim Pullen and George Lynch.  Register HERE. According the International Bible Society, the Book of Acts of the Apostles provides a bridge for the writings of the NT. As a second volume to Luke’s Gospel, it joins what Jesus “began to do and to teach” as told in the Gospels with what he continued to do and teach through the apostles’ preaching and the establishment of the church. Besides linking the Gospel narratives on the one hand and the apostolic letters on the other, it supplies an account of the life of Paul from which we can learn the setting for his letters. Geographically its story spans the lands between Jerusalem, where the church began, and Rome, the political center of the empire. Historically it recounts the first 30 years of the church. It is also a bridge that ties the church in its beginning with each succeeding age. This book may be studied to gain an understanding of the principles that ought to govern the church of any age.

Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen serves as Executive Administrator of Custer Road UMC, working with all major Church committees.


Rev. George Lynch is a retired United Methodist Elder and a member of the Jubilee Sunday School class.






Other Events and Ongoing classes:

Friday Morning Men’s Study
The Men God Uses:
Men are being touched by God all over our country, and men who have encountered God need to understand what He is doing in their lives and what their lives can mean when turned over to God. Join this group of men for study and fellowship throughout the year. Held on Fridays, 6:30 – 8 a.m., in room. 109/111. Dennis Allen leads.  No cost.

Faith and Fitness:
Do you want to have fun, feel revived and be restored so you can tackle the day? Come join us at Faith & Fitness on Mondays and Thursdays in room B5 at 9:15 a.m. There is no fee for this joy-filled, low impact workout, where we get fit, laugh, talk and have a short devotional afterwards. Whether you are a church member or from the community, you are welcome to come and build lasting relationships with other Christians. During the year, occasional field trips are incorporated for social and physical enrichment. We look forward to welcoming you, whether it is on Mondays or Thursdays or both, you are welcome any time. Contact Pam Richardson by email or call 972-839-6280.


Jerry Butler Director of Adult Ministries