Area Team Leaders are leading the way in developing teams across the nation with the purpose of establishing more people in God's word by providing opportunities to train new bible study leaders. In addition, these teams serve and support local bible study leaders, disciple-makers and churches. Your experience, wisdom and talent are needed in skills-based volunteer roles of Coordinator and Team Member. See below to find an Area Team near you!  



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▼ Alabama - Greater Birmingham Area Group - Leigh Ann Holmes

Leigh Ann Holmes - Area Team Leader

Leigh Ann Holmes
Greater Birmingham Area Group 


I became fully devoted to God's leading in my life as a young wife and mother during my first PUP Bible study while living in Louisiana. Even though I had been raised in a Christian home and involved in every aspect of my church's life, it wasn't until that study of the book of Romans that I realized my need for Christ as my Savior AND Lord and discovered the joy to be found in studying God's word and applying His truth to my life.

That was twenty-eight years and several moves ago. In 1995, God led me to become a Precept Bible Study leader. Since that time I have led Bible studies in our home and church, wherever we have lived.

Upon our recent move to Alabama, I joined the Precept Network and am excited to be serving as Birmingham Area's Team Leader. Through this network we support local Bible study leaders, disciple makers and students. Join us as we help others discover the transforming truth of the Word of God.

II Timothy 3:16-17 says it well:
"All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man (or woman) of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

▼ Alabama- Decatur Area Group- Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith - Area Team Leader

Sandra Smith
Decatur Area Group 


Hello, my name is Sandra Smith. My husband Charles and I recently retired from a 35 year plus ministry in full time Christian service. We have two married sons, and four grandchildren. We have always been very passionate about the accuracy of God’s Word and this is where Precept Ministries International comes into focus. As a young pastor’s wife in the early 1980’s I was introduced to the Inductive Bible Study Method when a friend invited me to attend a Women’s Conference with her in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Needless–to-say, the joy and the encouragement of studying God’s Word for myself has become the bedrock of my life. The Inductive Study Method has helped me understand, grasp and retain the Truth of God’s Word and its application to my everyday life. Therefore, having a burning passion in my heart to see others established in God’s Word, I am excited to join the Precept Network and lead a team to support Precept Bible Study leaders and Discipleship makers in the Decatur area.

The area team consist of called and qualified coordinators who serve the area by providing resources and support needed to multiply the number of people being established in God’s Word. We are in the process of recruiting individuals to come along side in specific areas such as Prayer, Events Communications, Team and Area Growth. Each leader will be strengthened and supported as they fulfill their calling.

We welcome and invite you to pray about joining us in establishing more people in God’s Word in the Decatur area. If your schedule does not permit you to be involved in this endeavor at the moment, we covet your prayers in asking Him to grow this ministry for His Glory as we, “Go therefore and make disciples.” Matthew 28:19-26  

▼ Arizona - Phoenix East Valley Area Team - Candace Spears

Candace Spears
Phoenix East Valley Area Group


Studying the Bible was the first transformation that God made in my life as a new believer.  I couldn’t get enough of the Word of God.  I chuckle as I think about how I used to study but they were still rich times with God. It was four children later that our church offered a new type of study - Precept. I knew I wasn't understanding a lot of what I was trying to do. Precept training was being held in our area & I thought how good it would be to attend to learn more about this inductive tool. At the training, the light clicked on. I can't say I understood it all, but I began to, and as I continued to study, I found great changes in my relationship with God through His Word. 

Inductive Bible study has been challenging and rewarding.  I can remember in years past reading the Bible and not knowing what I read or just ‘checking out’ as I read.  I didn’t want my time in the Word to be unrevealing and it was inductive study that corrected this and changed how I approach the Bible.  I now leave all my preconceived ideas of the text behind and read with a purpose, discovering for myself the context. For all who want to experience God in their lives inductive Bible study is the way to do it!  

▼ California - Sacramento, CA Area Group - Lavonna Douglas

Area Team Leader - Lavonna Douglas - Sacramento, CA

Lavonna Douglas
Sacramento, CA Area Group 


Welcome to the Sacramento, CA Area Team!

I have lived in California all of my life. 30 years ago my husband and I settled in the Sacramento area to work and to raise our family. We have 4 adult children, 3 of which are married and we have 6 "adorable" grandchildren. My husband recently retired and our youngest moved out on her own. As an empty-nester I am excited to join Precept Ministries as an Area Team Leader and help establish people in God's Word. For the past 20 years my passion has been to study and teach God's Word inductively, helping to apply the Scriptures to our lives and living them out. It is so exciting to see hearts transformed as we study the Bible together. It is my desire to encourage others to find this passion!

As the Area Team Leader in Northern California, I am on a mission to recruit, develop and lead our Area Team to establish more people in God’s Word. Intentionally, we are working together with a purpose to grow our Area by developing more Bible study classes and Bible study leaders. I believe we are here for such a time as this. Please pray for us & join us as we “Go therefore and make disciples … ” Matthew 28:19-20.

▼ Colorado- Northern Colorado Area Group- Linda Dillon

Linda Dillon Area Team Leader

Linda Dillon
Northern Colorado Area Group 


Born in Memphis, TN, to an Air Force family, we moved frequently. I attended 13 schools before graduating high school. I have two brothers, one in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and the other in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My life is blessed with two children, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. After retiring in July of 2014, I moved to Colorado to be near my son and his family. Since becoming a student of inductive Bible study, I tell everyone I meet to learn how to study God’s Word inductively in classes or on-line. As Area Team Leader for Northern Colorado, my mission is to recruit, develop and lead our Area Team to establish more people in God’s Word by using the 3-D method…Discover, Go Deeper with others, and to Disciple. The Holy Spirit has led me to this place and has prepared my heart for this. In times such as we live in today, I feel we cannot delay for even a moment. In John 4:35, Jesus said, “…lift up your eyes and look on the fields that they are white for harvest.” The fields in Northern Colorado are indeed white for harvest. Please pray for us as we minister to Northern Colorado.  

▼ Georgia - Middle Georgia Area Group - Joy Gilmore

Joy Gilmore
Middle Georgia Area Group 


I am a native of St. Louis, MO, have lived in 7 US states, 6 foreign countries and on 5 continents. We are now ‘retired’ from the corporate world and have more time to establish people in God’s Word.  Married, with 3 grown children & four grandchildren, my passion since learning how to study the Scriptures inductively in 1986, has been to share the inductive study method wherever God puts us! What a privilege and joy this continues to be! Seeing students discover Truth for themselves and watching the Word come alive through the power of the Holy Spirit is beyond exciting.  Leading Precept Inductive Bible studies is a joy, and living out the Truth of His Word daily is my desire!

As the Area Team Leader in middle Georgia, I am on a mission to recruit, develop and lead our Area Team to establish more people in God’s Word by using the 3-D method…Discover, Go Deeper with others, and to Disciple.  Intentionally, we are working together with a purpose to grow our Area by developing more Bible study classes and Bible study leaders.  I believe we are here for such a time as this. Please pray for us & join us as we “Go therefore and make disciples … ” Matthew 28:19-20. 

▼ Georgia- Greater Columbus Area Group- Carroll Hudson

Carroll Hudson
Greater Columbus Area Group 


I grew up in the Columbus, Georgia area and have always called it home. My husband, Frost, and I enjoy running a pet care business together and spending time with our four beautiful dogs. I first learned about the Inductive study method while attending Precept Ministries Boot Camp in 1990 in Chattanooga and studying the book of Daniel. This method has impacted my Christian walk more than any other by establishing me in God's Word and helping me to dig deep into Scripture. My desire is to help others learn Truth for themselves through the 3-D method- Discover, Go Deeper with Others, and to Disciple. My mother, Virginia Calhoun, served for many years as the Precept Area Team Leader for Columbus and I want to continue this spiritual legacy.

I'm thrilled to be the Greater Columbus Area Team Leader and know that God has many exciting opportunities for growth and ministry in this area. I pray He will do a mighty work in establishing his Kingdom. There is no retirement in the time of war. I ask for your prayers as we go forward to make disciples for such a time as this. 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

The area team consist of called and qualified coordinators who serve the area by providing resources and support needed to multiply the number of people being established in God's Word. We are in the process of recruiting individuals to come along side in specific areas such as Prayer, Events Communications, Team and Area Growth. Each leader will be strengthened and supported as they fulfill their calling.

I am on a mission to recruit, develop and lead our Area Team to establish more people in God's Word by using the 3-D method...Discover, Go Deeper with others, and to Disciple. Intentionally, we are working together with a purpose to grow our Area by developing more Bible study classes and Bible study leaders. I believe we are here for such a time as this. Please pray for us & join us as we "Go therefore and make disciples ... " Matthew 28:19-20.  

▼ Illinois - Chicago Area Group - Norma O'Connell

Norma O'Connell
Chicago Area Group 


My name is Norma O’Connell and through God’s gracious providence I live in Chicago Illinois. God rescued this wild rebellious teen from the power of darkness and transferred  me into the kingdom of His dear Son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins on March 23, 1977! From the day He saved me He has filled my heart with a love for His Word and a desire to live for and serve Him! Shortly after my

Conversion, I was married and moved to Chicago! Knowing no one, it was God’s Word that sustained me. God has planted in me a desire to gather women together to study His Word, to share what God has taught us and then go out and reflect His glory to the world. I am so thankful for Precept Ministries and the vision to establish more people in God’s Word! I was not content with my small vision and am greatly challenged by Precept’s God sized vision. I am so privileged to be a part of the Chicago Area Team. Think about the vision and the mission of Precepts.... that is what I want to be about...establishing more people in God’s Word, establishing more Inductive Bible Study classes, training up more Precept Bible Study Leaders, seeing lives changed to become people who are living as exemplary followers of Christ, who are studying the Bible inductively, who are viewing the world biblically, are making disciples intentionally and serving the church faithfully in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

▼ Illinois - Chicago NW Area Group - Teresa Brown

Teresa Brown
Northwest Chicago Area Group 


God’s Word is truly living and active! God brought me to Himself through reading the Bible! When faith came, my eyes were opened and all the reading from the Bible came together. I understood the truth of God’s saving grace and His New Covenant. I was translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light and received a new heart and a new Spirit. I became a new creation in God through faith in Jesus Christ and was regenerated by the Spirit of God. After I was saved, I heard Kay Arthur on the radio, and was so encouraged by her knowledge of God’s Word, that I found a Precept Bible study class and began to study the Bible through the Inductive Method. I have been rooted and grounded in the Word of God since 1991 by these studies.

There is a famine in America in regards to the Bible. So many people are without the knowledge of God’s truths. We must get back to ad fontes, "[back] to the sources", back to the Scriptures. The Inductive Bible Study Method roots, grounds and establishes people in the Bible. It is able to show people the truths of the Bible in ways that are truly eye opening, heart and life changing, as people learn to go deeper and discover God’s truth for themselves.

Join with us in this vision of bringing God’s Word to our communities through the power of the Holy Spirit and to encourage, build, grow and strengthen churches, Bible study leaders and their students through the Inductive Bible Study Method bringing resources and training to our local communities. Then as we learn and grow deeper together in God’s Word, we will make disciples and encourage more people as they become rooted, grounded and established in the Word of God.

▼ Indiana - Indianapolis, IN Area Group - Turae Mumford

Area Team Leader - Turae Mumford - Indianapolis, IN

Turae Mumford
Indianapolis, IN Area Group 


Welcome to the Indianapolis, IN Area Team!

My name is Turae Mumford, I am a proud Hoosier, a native of Indianapolis. After graduating from the University of Evansville I have worked in several areas in various cities but I have always considered the circle city home. While in college I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior after the Gospel was shared to me by a very charismatic young man who would later become my husband of 16 years.

I was first introduced to Precept Ministries in the spring of 1998, ever since then I have been hooked. The ability to learn for myself the treasures in the Word of God have helped pave the path in my daily walk. I am a trained Precept leader and have enjoyed the opportunity of leading PUP classes in my home and church, 40 min studies with co-workers and the Discover 4 Yourself Series in Sunday school.

Being involved with Precept Ministries has been life changing and I am thrilled to be serving as an Area Team Leader for the Indianapolis area. I am eager to see what the Lord is going to do through Precept in this city as we mobilize an army for His Glory, establishing God’s people in God’s Word.

▼ Kentucky - Purchase Area Group- Diane Talmadge

Diane Talmadge
Purchase Area Group 


Daniel “In & Out” was the first Precept study I completed – back in 1998 or so.  I had heard of “Kay Arthur” and I had enjoyed my time in a different Bible study while stationed in Germany.  But, Daniel “In & Out” was something altogether different from anything I had done…. And I was hooked!  I learned so much relatable detail during that study that I could not imagine studying the Bible any other way and I wanted to study every book of the Bible this way!!  Seeing the truth of Scripture for myself – knowing the Holy Spirit as my Guide – has been life changing in so many ways.  I’ve studied the Bible from West Kentucky to West Germany, and from New Hampshire to Texas.  For me, wanting to support Bible Study Leaders in communities close to where I live is a natural growth step.  Precept Ministries has given so much to help me grow in my personal relationship with Christ, volunteering in order to give back is pure joy. 

▼ Maryland - Mt. Airy, MD Area Group - Darlene Ely

Darlene Ely
Mt. Airy, MD Area Group 


I am a native of Winfield, Maryland, a small town between Baltimore and Frederick. My husband and I moved to several different states with the Air Force and Federal Government, but have settled back close to home in Mount Airy, MD.

I began studying with Precept in the early 1980s in Goldsboro, NC and began as a Bible Study Leader in the early 90s. We have 3 children and 6 grandchildren who are such a blessing to us. I am so thankful for the opportunity that God has provided to study and lead inductive Bible study and consider it a privilege to serve alongside other Bible study leaders to establish more people in God’s Word in our community.

As the Area Team Leader in the Carroll County area, I pray God will use me to recruit, develop and lead our Area Team and establish more people in God’s Word by using the 3-D method: Discover, Go Deeper with others and to Disciple. I invite you to join us and lift our team in prayer as we intentionally go forward to make disciples.

▼ Michigan - Greater Flint, MI Area Group - Deb Otulakowski

Deb Otulakowski - Area Team Leader

Deb Otulakowski
Greater Flint, MI Area Group 


Welcome to the Greater Flint, MI Area Team!

I was born in Ohio and regularly attended a Methodist church. I remember sitting in the front row, closing my eyes to focus, and trying to comprehend what the pastor was saying, often disciplined for sleeping. At the age of I6, after moving to Michigan, I attended Bay Shore Camp and surrendered my life fully to the Lord. It was evident to me that I was a sinner in need of a Savior. In 1977 I married my high-school sweetheart, Mike, and we began our journey together with the Lord. In 1997, after having 4 children and completing nursing school, I had a strong desire to dig deeper into God’s Word. I attended my first Precept upon Precept study in the book of Revelation. I was hooked! I received PuP training and took my passion to help establish others in Gods Word wherever HE led.

Christ stirred my heart towards becoming an Area Team Leader when I met Zeola Carey, who is the Detroit Area Team Leader, during a 2015 Kay Arthur event in Detroit. Since completing my training as ATL, I am extremely excited to begin recruiting, developing, and leading our Area Team to establish more people in God’s Word by using the 3-D method…Discover, Go Deeper with others, and to Disciple. God has many exciting opportunities for growth and ministry in the Greater Flint Area! I invite you join us in prayer as we intentionally bring God’s word, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to our community by encouraging, building, growing, and strengthening churches. What a blessing to be a part of HIS plan as eyes are opened and lives are changed when they discover God’s truth for themselves.

▼ Michigan- Detroit Metro Area Group- Zeola Carey

Zeola Carey Area Team Leader

Zeola Carey
Detroit Metro Area Group 


I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, but I accepted Christ at the age of 24, in 1991, while working in Washington D.C. Single, with one grown daughter, a son in law and currently one grandchild, I was introduced to inductive Bible study in the early 2000's and received PuP training in 2005. Introducing others to Inductive Bible Study through Precept Ministries is not a responsibility I take likely. It has been a rewarding and humbling experience to watch others Discover God's Word; Go Deeper in their relationship with God; and Disciple others by using what they've learned to encourage and educate using God's Word. Being the Area Team Leader for Metro Detroit, means I am determined to serve its community of Bible study leaders and students.....past, current and future, with the end result of establishing God's people in His Word. Please pray for us as we "Put on the full armor of God, so that we will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil..." Eph. 6:11.  

▼ Minnesota - Minneapolis/St.Paul Area Group - Cindy Erickson

Cindy Erickson
Minneapolis/St. Paul Area Group 


At the tender age of 12, God call me to be “His”. I wanted desperately to understand the Bible, but didn’t know how to start because there was no discipleship or mentoring in my church.

In 1998, I went back to college as a “nontraditional student” (mother of 4 and a homeschooler) and enrolled in a Bible study methods class. The required textbook was the International Inductive Study Bible. I began searching for churches where Precept Bible studies were taught. I could not get enough of the Precept classes and took every one that was offered by the church. Two years later God called me to lead and I've been teaching ever since. I love sharing the Inductive Study Method and God’s Word wherever He puts me! The blessings of seeing the Word come alive in people accurately handling God’s Word are endless.

The Precept Bible study that has impacted me the most is “Covenant”. Seeing the various covenants that God makes with His people from Genesis to Revelations is eye opening! God always keeps His promises. The study changed the way I view the taking of communion on a Sunday morning. Jesus is our “high priest” and has made a way for us to enter into the “holy of holies”, commune with God.

I am thrilled to serve as the Area Team Leader for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. It is the burning desire of my heart to see people established in God’s Word through this method of study as they come to know and serve our Glorious Lord.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul area team exists to serve YOU…the Bible study leader, student and disciple maker. The area team consists of called and qualified coordinators who serve the area by providing resources and the support needed to multiply the number of people being established in God’s Word. Come, join us as we “Go therefore and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19-20).

▼ Missouri- St. Louis Area Group- Terri Towe

Terri Towe Area Team Leader

Terri Towe
St. Louis Area Group 


I am Terri Towe and I am thrilled to serve as the St. Louis Area Team Leader. I am blessed to have grown up with a godly family heritage. I accepted Christ when I was 9 years old and was always active in my church. However, it was not until I attended my first Precept Bible study of the book of John that I truly met Jesus Christ and understood the love, forgiveness and mercy He had for me, which changed my life. I have been a Precept Bible study leader since 1996. Over the years, as a former military spouse, I have been able to travel and share with others the Inductive Bible study method. I am so encouraged when others see God’s Word come alive for themselves. I am passionate about God’s Word and encouraging others to study inductively. I am praying about those God would have join with the St. Louis Area Team to inspire others in the study of God’s Word.  

▼ North Carolina - Raleigh Area Group - Sheri Ellington

Sheri Ellington - Area Team Leader

Sheri Ellington
Raleigh Area Group 


A native of North Carolina, I reside with my husband and four grown children in Cary, NC. We have been actively involved in various lay leadership roles in our local church for 25 years. On a personal note, I finally achieved a lifetime goal of reading my Bible from cover to cover when I found a chronological Bible about 10 years ago, and after that, I wanted everyone to do it! So, I handed out chronological Bibles to anyone who showed a glimmer of interest. My passion for reading the Bible grew into a passion for studying the Bible inductively as I began taking courses from Precept Ministries in 2012. The Bible came to life as I began to understand its cohesive message of redemption and love, and that there was a role for me in God’s plan.

In 2016, God called me to serve as the Area Team Leader for Raleigh. I’m praying for volunteers who share a passion for establishing others in God’s Word to join me as we introduce individuals in our area to the inductive Bible study tools from Precept Ministries. This is a God-sized task, and we are relying on Him to do the work through us. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 promises: “He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.”

▼ North Carolina- Winston-Salem, NC Area Group - Kathy Burks

Kathy Burks

Kathy Burks
Winston-Salem, NC Area Group 


I am originally from North Carolina although my husband and I spent 24 years in Oak Ridge, Tennessee raising our three children. In 1990, while living in Oak Ridge, I attended my first Precept Bible Study. I had been raised in the church and was actively serving but quickly discovered there was much about God and His Word I had never heard or grasped. Through studying inductively, His Word came alive and I knew this was the way to deepen my walk with the Lord. At that point I passionately studied and began teaching the Inductive Study Method through Precept. What a privilege and joy it has been over the years to fellowship with others as they discover truth for themselves and see God transforms lives.

We have moved back to North Carolina and I am excited and grateful to be a part of the Precept Network as the Winston-Salem Area Team Leader. In moving forward, we seek to establish people in God’s Word as we encourage, equip, train, and pray for bible study leaders and disciple makers. I am filled with awe and gratitude for all God has done and look forward to all that He will do through the Network. Come, join us as we “Go therefore and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19-20.

▼ Ohio - Greater Cleveland Area Group - Carolynn Scott

Carolynn Scott
Great Cleveland Area Group 


The Lord blessed and changed my life forever when I connected with Precept Ministries International and began to study the Bible Inductively, discovering God’s Truth for myself.  Methodically studying God’s Word book by book in context and applying that knowledge with the help of the Holy Spirit, has set me free from fear.  Joy has replaced fear.  I love being in fellowship with believers, who are also discovering the treasures in God’s Word and applying it to their lives.

As a Precept Area Team Leader, I am working with an Area Team to support and resource Bible Study Leaders as they establish more and more people in God’s Word.  Through an Area Team of called and committed Coordinators and Team Members, we are building a community of Precept Bible Study leaders and students to penetrate our sphere of influence with the light of the Gospel shining forth in the darkness of our culture to impact  lives for the Lord’s Kingdom.  

Persons in the Medina and surrounding areas are invited to join our Area Group.  We are delighted to be your point of contact with Precept Ministries . Precept events, workshops and trainings are available to support and equip you for the task God has called you to do.

▼ ONLINE - Official Online Precept Group - Cindy Langford

Cindy Langford
Official Online Precept Group 


I was first introduced to Precept Bible studies in 1989 through
the study, “Lord Heal My Hurts,” at in Souderton, PA. I
attended my first workshop in 1990 in Cherry Hill led by Pete
DeLacy on 2nd Timothy. It was fabulous. I knew from that
point on that this is what the Lord had called me to do! I've been leading and making disciples ever since, have attended many workshops, some several times and am currently leading at Calvary
Chapel Chester Springs, PA.

▼ Pennsylvania - Greater Pittsburgh Area Group - Jackie Myers

Jackie Myers
Greater Pittsburg Area Group 


Because Precept students and Bible study leaders are transformed by the renewing of their mind through inductive studies they have a passion to see others established in God’s Word.  It is by the passing on of the baton of the gospel that we can impact our world and the next generation.

Can you imagine the impact we could have on our churches, communities, nation and world if we worked together toward this goal?  That is the purpose of our Area Team. 

The Area Team consists of called and qualified coordinators who serve the area by providing resources and support needed to multiply the number of people being established in God’s Word.  We are in the process of recruiting individuals for positions to come alongside Bible Study Leader and Disciple makers  in specific areas, like prayer, events, communications, E-Team and area growth. Our goal is that every leader is resourced, strengthened and supported as they fulfill their calling. We welcome you and pray that you will join us in establishing more people in God’s Word in the Pittsburgh area!


▼ Tennessee - Tri-Cities Area Group - Susan Butler

Susan Butler
Tri-Cities Area Group 


My name is Susan Butler and I live in Kingsport, Tennessee. I am married to Steve who serves as a District Leader.  I minister as the Tri-Cities (Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol) Area Team Leader. The Precept Network reaches out to minister to Bible Study Leaders. It is so exciting to meet with and encourage others as they are trained and start new studies in our area.

Having been a believer for years and participated in many studies, studying the Word inductively transformed my life like no other Bible study. I took my first PUP course "Covenant" in 1994, I knew the Lord had "brought me home" to Bible study. Not only was I learning the depths of the Truth of His Word for myself, but I was able to retain that Truth written upon my heart and apply it in my everyday walk.  I have been leading primarily PUP studies for 11 years. It is thrilling to see "wow" moments as others learn His truths! The Lord has given us opportunities to travel with Precept to Israel three times.  I want to encourage you to go on the Israel tour. To be in God's land brings the Bible alive like never before! The teaching is Spirit-led and the fellowship a blessing.

Steve and I are passionate that people know God's Word and be able to discern the times in which we live. We wait in great expectation to see all God is doing and will do through the ministry of Precept Bible studies and the Precept Network.

▼ Tennessee- Knoxville Area Group- Sally Smith

Sally Smith - Area Team Leader

Sally Smith
Knoxville Area Group 


Hello and welcome! My name is Sally Smith and I am the Area Team Leader for the Greater Knoxville, Tennessee Area Group. Married, with two adult children, I have had the privilege of leading Precept studies since 2000, and continue to be amazed at the wonders of God's Word using the inductive study method. Inductive study has been life-changing for me. As an angry young adult, I desperately wanted to change the course of my actions but had little success. Though I was a Christian, I had not been discipled and therein lay a big problem! After being introduced to inductive study, specifically Precept Ministries, I began to understand and apply God's Word which led to change in my character and desires. Now, some twenty years later, I am privileged to lead Precept studies, discipling others. To discover, go deeper with others, and disciple is the heart of Precept. This Area Team exists to support that purpose for both the Bible study leader and student. Come join us as we endeavor together to establish people in God's Word in Knoxville and the surrounding areas!  

▼ Texas - Fort Worth, TX Area Group - Jimmie Gillum

Jimmie Gillum
Fort Worth, Texas Area Group 


Welcome to the Fort Worth Area Team! My name is Jimmie Gillum, the Area Team Leader for Fort Worth, Texas. I have lived in the Fort Worth area for the past eight years. I took my first Precept Class about six years ago (a relative newcomer in Precept circles!).

Precept was an answer to my prayers. I had longed to know God's Word better and to be able to see His truths for myself. The Inductive Study Method made it possible for me to do just that. I also saw other ladies who had been in church all their lives see truth for themselves for the first time. I began praying for God's guidance on how to take what I have learned and teach others.

God has led me to be the Area Team Leader in Fort Worth! As an Area Team Leader I am here to support Bible Study Leaders as they make disciples. As a team we can grow our area by increasing the number of Bible Study Leaders and Bible Study Classes, praying, celebrating, and supporting each other - being about our Father's business, establishing others in God’s Word.  

▼ Texas - Houston Area Group - Dana Pittman

Dana Pittman
Houston Area Group 

Houston, TX

I am a Texas girl with Okie roots. I am married and we have a marketing and website development firm, three wonderful kiddos and a diva-dog. This means I spend my days consulting with clients and my evenings caring for loves—my family and God’s daughters.

With every encounter I hope to inspire, educate, and encourage women to LIVE. Not a tapped out, over-processed, under-loved, colorless life. But a life where she finds herself smack dab in the center of God’s will. This is only accomplished through God’s word and a personal relationship with Christ.

My road to Precept was pre-determined and in 2009 I learned of the freedom that comes with learning the inductive method of bible study. Now I teach it everywhere I go. It just makes my heart happy to give what has been given to me.

I pray I serve my area well and I leave a trail of fellow-believers doing the same.

▼ Texas - Metroplex-Central Area Group - Adele Beers

Adele Beers
Metroplex-Central Area Group 


Welcome to the Metroplex-Central Area Team!

Hi! My name is Adele Beers. I am a native of Longview, TX in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. With the exception of a very brief time in California and four years in Colorado, I have lived in Texas all my life. I have lived in the Arlington/Grand Prairie area for the last twelve years. God has blessed me with two children, a handsome son and a beautiful daughter, both of whom are grown. Additionally, I am blessed with two lovely granddaughters who (somewhat sadly for me) are also grown now.

I accepted Christ Jesus as my Savior when I was nine years old. I was active in Girl's Auxiliary, Youth Group and in the BSU when I was in college. I raised my children in the church, attended church regularly, taught children's classes and participated in Bible Studies over the course of my adult life. However, during all this time I was never really discipled. I read and studied my Bible and thought I had a good knowledge of the Word....until I moved to Colorado.

I was first introduced to Precept Inductive Bible Study at the church I attended in Rifle, CO. I did not know much about Precept and knew even less about Inductive Bible Study, but I accepted the invitation to join the fall class that was about to start. Except for my decision to accept Christ Jesus as my Savior, that was the best decision I ever made! The study the group was starting that fall was the PUP on Covenant. I was blown away! That study changed my life, changed my perspective on many things and rekindled my desire to know God and His Word better. Needless to say, I was hooked! When I moved back to Texas four years later, I made sure that I found a church that had a Precept group. I joined the church and the group as soon as I could. The next thing I knew I was training to become certified as a Precept BSL and then I was leading a Precept class at my church! I led that class for the next six years. For the last sixteen years I have been either a Precept student or a BSL. Now I’m an ATL! God is so amazing and full of surprises!

As Area Team Leader for the Metroplex-Central Area Group, I am excited to see what God is going to do in this Area. It is my heart's desire to follow God as He leads me and uses me to recruit, lead and develop our Area Team. It is my prayer that together this Area Team will establish more people in God's Word by utilizing the 3D method...Discover, Go Deeper With Others and to Disciple. I want our Area Team to be intentional in supporting Bible Study Leaders and in developing new Bible Study Classes and Bible Study Leaders. There is no doubt in my mind that God has called me to this position for "such a time as this". I invite you to join us as we follow God in this endeavor.

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)

▼ Virginia - Hampton Roads/Norfolk Area Group - Kristin Pearson

Kristin Pearson
Norfolk Virginia Area Group 


Welcome to the Hampton Roads Precept Area Network! Our sole purpose is to establish people in God’s Word so that they can discover Truth for themselves through the Inductive Bible Study Method. Our nation needs to hear the Truth now more than ever. I believe that we are here “for such a time as this.”

I took my first Precept class around 2005, which quickly led to Leader training. Even though I had grown up in the church, even attending Bible school for a year, it wasn’t until I took my first Precept Upon Precept class that God’s Word opened up to me in vivid detail. I could not wait to dive into the homework because I knew that what I found there would be life changing. Inductive Bible Study awakened a passion for the Bible that was not there before. I will never go back to the way I once was! I am now in my sixth year of leading Precept Bible studies.

Our Area Team is here to serve and resource our local leaders and churches, pray for them, train new bible study leaders, host and promote events. Join us to be part of something bigger than yourself, something that has lasting, eternal value. Come on, what are you waiting for?

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

▼ Virginia- Lynchburg Area Group - Esther Brisson

Esther Brisson
Lynchburg Area Group 

Lynchburg, VA

When I was 11 years old, I accepted Christ as my personal Savior and it was instilled in my heart at that time, that as a believer I would want to know and read God’s Word for myself. I was fortunate to be in a Missionary Boarding School at that time (my folks were Missionaries) and we were consistently memorizing the Word of God. But I began my own quiet time. I did not realize that methodically studying God’s Word was something I would discover in my 30’s when my sister-in-law connected me with my first Precept Study. Through the years I have done many studies and have learned so much more than I would have otherwise.

As a Precept Area Team Leader, my heart’s desire is to share with other people, exposing women, men, and teens to the beauty of the Inductive Study Method and the growth that you experience consistently. We live in society that does not honor God….and we need to know the Principles of truth that are ours in God’s Word in order to stand strong and be quick to share God’s love with others and teach the Word of God. We need to fall in love with the Jesus we learn about in God’s Word…and share that love with others. I am looking forward to reaching out in the Lynchburg, VA area and encouraging more and more Precept Studies. I pray that a revival will begin in our community as we love others to Jesus.

▼ Virginia- Northern Virginia Area Group - Scott Faught

Scott Faught
Northern Virginia Area Group 


Hi, I’m Scott Faught, an Area Team Leader in the Precept Network.  As most everyone, I’m shaped and defined by a number of experiences.  Perhaps fundamental in my coming to Christ was participating in a Bible study during college.  It was there that I learned that I was not a Christian and truly understood for the first time what the gospel is all about.  Discipleship and growth continued through Bible studies, devotionals, prayer and fellowship with other Christians.  After a number of Bible study methods, my wife and I ran into Kay when she was teaching at a conference in Germany and asked her about the Bible studies Precept produced.  She gave us each a copy of a Precept Upon Precept workbook, showed us how to do the homework and we were hooked.  Inductive Bible study helped us to dig for truth ourselves.  It brought us into application every time we studied.  It was not cursory or academic.  We’ve each been leading 33 years now.  In the past 10 years, we’ve supported a Precept Bible study ministry in our church as well as the Bible study leaders.  Now with the Precept Network, we have an opportunity to support Bible studies and leaders far beyond our church.  My goal is to bring to those studies and leaders the support and encouragement leaders in our church have enjoyed.  I’ve been that leader in the past, isolated (sometimes leading in another country) without access to materials at times and certainly without a support network.  My desire is to connect leaders, support them where I can and make it possible for more people to study the Bible inductively.  

▼ Washington - Spokane, WA Area Group - Kay David

Kay David
Spokane, WA Area Group 


I was a rebellious teenager, married young, to become a rebellious wife & mother of 2 children. At age 32 God drew me to Himself & saved me. He gave me a brand new life. However, my spiritual journey can be best described as a roller-coaster ride the up-times great, and the down-times scary. After several years I asked Jesus to "fast forward" me in my spiritual walk. God answered my prayer & a friend invited me to attend a Precept Bible study on the book of Romans (PUP). Looking back I often laugh at how I titled the chapters and book as a new Inductive Bible study student, but from that study I learned the important truth that "in Christ I have the power to say no to sin."

After several more Bible Studies God called me to be a leader. My first Precept Bible study as a leader was "Covenant" which taught me what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, and how I am to live as His child. God's word literally changed and continues to change my life for the better. It is my joy to serve God as a Bible study leader and also as the Spokane Precept Area Team Leader. More people in our area are being established in God’s Word to live as exemplary followers of Jesus Christ, study the Bible Inductively, view the world biblically, make disciples intentionally and serve the church faithfully in the power of the Holy Spirit, thus making a true spiritual difference in our world.

"All scripture is inspired by God & profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

To God be the glory!

▼ Washington, DC and Maryland Suburbs Area Group - Steve Liston

Steve Liston
Washington, DC & Maryland Suburbs Area Group 


My name is Steve Liston and I’m so pleased to be serving as the Area Team Leader for Washington, DC and Maryland Suburbs. A Sunday School teacher changed my life when I was 13 years old by asking a small group of boys if we had accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. For me, there was no doubt that my sin made it impossible for me to be right with God. I knew I needed Christ’s saving grace, and I eagerly accepted Him into my life. Since then, I have been on a journey to work out my salvation by studying God’s Word, applying it to my life, enjoying worship and fellowship with His people, serving His church, and sharing His gospel.

In 1991, as a new member of the U.S. Foreign Service, I was introduced to Precept Upon Precept Bible studies while serving in Monterrey, Mexico. Precept’s in-depth study tools allowed me to gain new insights into Holy Scripture. With each study, God’s living Word has continued to transform my faith and my life. For the past 21 years, my wife Susan and I have led Precept courses wherever the Lord has taken us – Mexico, Sudan, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Chile, and our home in Bethesda, Maryland. We have watched with awe and gratitude as the Holy Spirit has used the power of inductive study to give new dynamism and depth to the faith of those who took part in Precept studies.

With our return to the Washington, DC area, I am excited to join the Precept Network and lead a team to support Precept Bible Study Leaders and Disciple Makers in Washington, DC and its Maryland Suburbs. I pray that our efforts will help many to deepen their understanding of God’s Word and their relationship with Jesus Christ as they discover truth for themselves through inductive Bible study.