Adult Formation

At PHPC we believe that the purpose of adult formation is to help people make spiritual sense out of their lives and the world. Learning is not an end in itself. Instead, we learn with the purpose of growing in faith and being sent out into our everyday lives and the world as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Sunday School

These classes meet weekly on Sunday mornings (9:30 a.m.) for study and fellowship. There are classes for young parents, couples, and those of all ages and stages of life.


This class is for couples and singles of all ages who desire to grow in faith through peer-led bible and theological study covering a wide variety of topics. The class meets year round on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. in the North building of the church N220, as well as for fellowship at off-site parties at least twice a year, and for class-chosen service projects. Questions are welcome, experiences are honored, and all positions are heard and respected. 

Contact: Melissa Tinning 


This class is for parents with children from infants to sixth graders who are looking to form friendships and grow in your faith, your marriage, and your parenting. We also enjoy Sunday lunch socials and community service opportunities for the whole family. The class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the church parlor (across from the chapel). 

Contact: Rev. Caroline Braskamp at  


This class is for parents of tweens, teenagers and college kids who enjoy faith-based conversations related to Bible and theology studies, adventures in parenting and marriage, and many other topics. We also have a strong bond outside of the church thanks to fun monthly social events, holiday parties, and community outreach programs with the church.  The class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Jubilee Hall E-F. 

Contact: Edie Owen at  


This class is for singles and couples of all ages and stages of life who are interested in informal Bible study and discussions on topics such as Christian history, current events, and ethics. The class meets weekly on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Jubilee Hall C-D. 

Contact: Kathy Bufkin  


Epiphany invites youth and adults (16+) with unique abilities to participate in our enrichment programs. Together we share needs, discover gifts, enrich lives, and provide respite for families. Our Sunday School curriculum is designed with special needs in minds.

Contact: Renee Rose at 

Table Groups

PHPC’s small group ministry, these groups meet weekly for eight weeks for Bible study, food, and fellowship. Groups are launched twice a year in the fall and the spring. The next launch is September 10 and groups begin meeting the week of September 25.

To learn more and join a group, click here.

Short Term Studies

Studies that meet throughout the year on Sunday mornings (9:30 a.m.) and last anywhere from one to six weeks. Topics range anywhere from deep-dive Bible study, to book studies, to issues of current social concern. 


Planning for the second half and end of life can seem daunting.  Taking the time to plan your end of life wishes, memorial service and financial plans can be a lasting gift to you and to those you love. Join PHPC Congregational Care Staff and Director of Finance and Administration for a four week class on end of life planning and wisdom for the second half of life, including2018 Medicare updates.

September 17: Loving 
Palliative and end of life care
Taught by: Rev. Margaret Watkins and Dee Wadsworth

September 24: Lasting 
Donations, gifting and wealth transfer 
Taught by: Trey Angel and Dee Wadsworth

October 1: Leaving
Memorial service preparation & Columbarium 
Taught by: Margaret Watkins and Dee Wadsworth

October 8: Living 
Medicare 2018 updates 
Taught by: Dee Wadsworth

FAITH AS RESISTANCE: Living Out Hope in Hostile Places

October 8
Join us for Faith as Resistance: Living Out Hope in Hostile Places. We’ll be led by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, a theologian/pastor/author, who is also founder and president of the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem and by Dr. Suzanne Henderson, professor of religion at Queens University and Director of the Center for Ethics and Religion.

The wired word

September 24 - November 5
Join us for weekly discussion pairing scripture with current events and headlines from the past week as we explore the many ways that scripture gives us new lenses for seeing our lives and the world.

No prior knowledge or preparation required. Just drop in and join the conversation. All are welcome!

Facilitated by Matt Marcotte

RETHINKING MISSION: Worldchanging 101

October 15

PHPC mission pastor Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell will join a panel of different community leaders and mission partners sharing their thoughts on the changing landscape of mission and mission partnership. 

October 22
Join us for a book discussion on David LaMotte's World Changing 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness.  We will explore our individual and collective power to change the world. To purchase the book in advance of the class, click below.

Link to purchase book

Race Still Matters: Fall 2017 RETREAT with David LaMotte

November 4, 10:00-2:30

Join us as we continue the conversation about race and its impact on our Christian witness, our church, and our greater community.

A speaker, a musician, an author, a songwriter, a workshop leader David LaMotte will lead us through a series of discussions and exercises that will help continue to raise our awareness of racial issues and white privilege, while equipping us with tools to open meaningful dialogue with others in order to participate in pursuing racial understanding and justice in our city.  Online Registration: $25 (includes lunch and a copy of America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis).

To learn more about David:

Weekday Bible Studies

There are several bible studies that meet on various days and times throughout the week. Classes run for twelve weeks in the fall and twelve weeks in the spring. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. All are welcome! The fall session begins September 13. 


Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the downstairs conference room of the church. This class meets weekly for Bible September through May for study on a particular book of the Bible chosen at the beginning of the year. Participants are asked to read the scripture in advance. Some occasional light reading may apply. No previous Bible knowledge necessary. Open to adults of all ages and stages of life. Fall session begins September 13. 


This class will be studying the Book of Daniel this fall.


Register Here


Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the downstairs conference room of the church. The class meets weekly for two twelve week sessions in the fall and the spring, beginning in September through November and then January through April. Participants are asked to read the scripture lesson and a corresponding book chapter in preparation for the class. No previous Bible knowledge necessary. Open to adults in all ages and stages of life. Fall session begins September 13. 

This class will be studying Just Wives: Stories of Power and Survival



Register here


Wednesdays from 11:30-1:30 p.m. in Jubilee Hall at the church. Open to women of all ages and stages of life this group meets weekly September through May (and occasionally in the summer) for lunch, fellowship, and study on a variety of faith-related topics. The group chooses several books to study throughout the year. 

Contact: Margot McGuire 


This lecture-style class meets weekly from September through May for Bible study from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in Jubilee Hall, with a deep-dive verse by verse exploration of a book of the Bible. No Bible knowledge is necessary and adults of all ages and stages are welcome to attend. 

Fall session begins September 14. 

This year, the group will be studying Acts.


Register Here


Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Church conference room for fellowship and Bible study. Disciple is a long-standing study at PHPC. The group generally studies curriculum that recommend (but not require) a little light reading outside of class, but newcomers who have not done the reading will not be left behind. 

Contact: Joan McFarlane at 


Open to all women of all ages and stages of life, Presbyterian Women meets once a month for Bible study, service, and fellowship. We begin class with a lesson as a large group and then we break into Circles for in-depth discussion. A ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), PW seeks to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom. 

Contact: Sharon Walker 


Special Events

FREE Evening Lecture with Anne Lamott at SMU
MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017

A reading from and discussion of her most recent work Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy followed by a question-and-answer session with the author.
Books will be available for purchase and signing by Anne Lamott following the lecture. 
Please RSVP below.

McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, SMU
6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205
7:30 to 9 p.m.

 RSVP Here

FREE Evening Lecture with N.T. Wright at HPUMC
TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

A lecture on "Faith and the Arts" sponsored by Meadows Museum and Meadows School of the Arts.

Highland Park United Methodist Church
Wesley Hall
3300 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75205
7:30 to 9 p.m.

No RSVP is required for this presentation.