Wow!  What a goal …to disciple 10 Million People through the Inductive Bible Study Method with Precept!  In support of this great mission, Precept Network Area Teams launched across the US in 2012.  The goal of Area Teams is to connect and resource Bible Study Leaders, Disciple Makers, and students within in their local communities. Meet current Area Team Leaders in the list below. If you find an Area Team is close to YOU, connect by joining their local Area Group …and, if YOUR city is not on the list below…hangeth thou in there!  Area Teams continue to launch and YOUR city could be next!  

 

 

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Alabama - Greater Birmingham Area Group- Lana McCay

Lana McCay
Greater Birmingham Area Group

BIRMINGHAM, AL

This group exists to establish more people in God’s Word by supporting Precept Bible Study Leaders, disciple makers and students with the area.  By working together, we can grow in the knowledge of the Word and reach out to those in our communities to establish more Precept Inductive Bible Studies.  Won’t YOU join us in making this a reality?  

 
Alaska - Alaska Area Group - Jennifer McBride

Jennifer McBride
Alaska Area Group

ANCHORAGE, AK

Before this I was studying on my own somewhat inductively, but without any real skills. I had discovered www.bluelettterbible.org and really enjoyed looking up the Greek and Hebrew words and reading commentaries and searching out all the Scriptures on a particular topic or word.

The stand out memory I have of Inductive Bible Study is when I really appropriated the truth of the three fold aspect of Salvation during our study in Romans.  I had known that justification, sanctification and glorification were awesome and great truths in the Bible and I knew that I was justified and sanctified, but I really did not know the depth of these truths. 

Since then, the joy, encouragement, and fellowship of seriously studying God’s Word with others has become bedrock of my life. I have faced several very challenging trials and tribulations over these last years and I am so thankful that the inductive study that I am in during these times has been so helpful for me to walk through them.

Arizona - Phoenix East Valley Area Team - Candace Spears

Candace Spears
Phoenix East Valley Area Group

CHANDLER, AZ

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 - Bakersfield Area Group - Dorie Carnes

Dorie Carnes
Bakersfield Area Group

BAKERSFIELD, CA

When I became a Christian in 1972, God changed my heart, but I was still missing an intimate knowledge of who He really was.   Often I felt sad and frustrated with God because of my circumstances.  Then, I started studying the Bible using the Precept Inductive method in 1984.   Little did I know that understanding the truth of God's Word would have such a profound impact on me.  Not that I have perfect understanding, but this method of study is taking me on a fantastic journey of growing spiritually and standing firm in His truth and grace.  As a student, I was confronted by Biblical truth, and my marriage was saved because I was changed.  Then as a Bible Study Leader, I experienced God's grace through the privilege of discipling others into Biblical truth. Now, as a Network Leader, the privilege of serving continues by being a part of a dedicated team of people who are passionate about providing resources and support to Bible Study Leaders.  My goal is to see that Bible Study Leaders in our area are fully encouraged and resourced with everything they need to be successful disciple makers.  

 
Colorado - Denver Metro Area Group - Annette Morton

Annette Morton
Denver Metro Area Group 

DENVER, CO

I am a native of Denver, CO, have lived in Colorado all my life. I am now ‘semi-retired’ from the corporate world and have more time to establish people in God’s Word.  Married, with 4 grown children & 7 grandchildren, my passion since learning how to study the Scriptures inductively in 1987, 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.  Building leader and individuals in how to lead Precept Bible studies is a joy, and living out the Truth of His Word daily is my personal desire!

As the Area Team Leader in the Denver Metro Area, 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. 

Florida - Central Florida Area Group - Diane Sparrow

Diane Sparrow
Central Florida Area Group 

ORLANDO, FL

Originally from Chicago, now a long time resident of Clermont, Florida, I have been a Precept leader for over 11 years.  I am married to my wonderful husband Joe and have two amazing sons and daughters-in-love along with two adorable grandchildren. 

I have been transformed by the study of God’s word inductively and get no greater joy than to see others discover truth for themselves.  I am very excited to bring a new process of recruiting, selecting, and developing others to join the Central Florida Precept Team.  As Area Team Leader I am confident the task at hand has been orchestrated by God to establish HIS people in HIS word using the 3-D method of Discover, Go Deeper with Others, and Disciple.  I am privileged and blessed to be part of this ministry that provides resources for Bible study classes and leaders that meet the needs of individuals where they are.  Please pray and join us in the great commission!

Georgia - Middle Georgia Area Group - Joy Gilmore

Joy Gilmore
Middle Georgia Area Group 

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA

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. 

Hawaii - Hawaii Area Group - Marsha Robb

Marsha Rob
Hawaii Area Group 

KAILUA KONA, HI

Aloha from the Big Island!  We are a very rural, multi-cultural, loving community.  With the islands natural beauty of the ocean, abundant flora and fauna, and warm climate, it feels like the closest thing to paradise, this side of Heaven!  God displays His glory and many wonders on this beautiful island.

 My husband, Gary, and I live in Kailua Kona.  We had been traveling from our home town of Tacoma, WA to the island for many years, and upon retirement Hawaii became our home.  We became born again Christians here at a small home church and it was at this point that God put the passion on my heart to understand the Bible.  I stumbled into a Precept Upon Precept class while we still living in Tacoma and I was so excited learning the inductive study method.  I wanted to share it with everyone!  But it took years as God matured, taught and guided me, connecting me with mentors along the way.  Finally, in God’s timing, I was able to team up with another gal and Precept Inductive Study became a small thriving ministry here in Kona.

 I am so privileged and blessed to be the Area Team Leader. With the advancement of technology we leaders don’t have to feel isolated.  We are so excited to have the support from our many Precept Leaders nationwide to cheer us on.  Our Kailua Kona team is ready to meet and plan our big God-driven goals for 2014 with our mission of establishing people in God’s Word! 

Illinois - Chicago Area Group - Norma O'Connell

Norma O'Connell
Chicago Area Group 

CHICAGO, IL

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. 

Kentucky - Purchase Area Group- Diane Talmadge

Diane Talmadge
Purchase Area Group 

BENTON, KY

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. 

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

Cindy Erickson
Minneapolis/St. Paul Area Group 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Before Precept, my idea of Bible study was to just read the Scripture so I could check it off my “To Do” list. Many times I would wait for the pastor to preach on the passage or my Sunday school teachers to explain. I would often consult commentaries. I wanted desperately to understand the Bible, but didn’t know how to go about it.

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. I've been teaching ever since, have attended many workshops.  I love sharing the Inductive Study Method and God’s Word wherever He puts me! The blessings of seeing students see the Word come alive and accurately handling God’s Word are endless.

Had it not been for the participating and leading Precept, I would not have been equipped to endure the trials that come with being a servant of Jesus Christ. God has truly blessed me, never forsaken me and has given me the peace that passes all understanding. I have learned to rest in His love.

Precept, through the power of Jesus Christ, has caused my priorities, goals, and walk with the Lord to change. I look forward with great anticipation to what He has in store for the future.

Montana - Montana Area Group - Ross Yeager

Ross Yeager
Montana Area Group 

LAUREL, MT

Please allow me to briefly introduce myself.  I heard the gospel from a ministry with a radio program in 1982.  I was overwhelmed by my sin and my true condition before God.  I could barely wrap my mind around the fact that Jesus died to pay the penalty for the sins that I knew I, myself, had committed.  His grace led me to believe it and I repented from my sin and believed in Him.  A few years later, my Christian walk began to stagnate as it became clear that I needed the power of His Word to change me and sustain me.  I found many good Bible studies and good books which I read voraciously, but still my weakness and hunger for His Word remained almost overwhelming.  My wife introduced me to inductive studies through   Precept Ministry  and I can honestly say they have been the one thing that has sustained me as a follower of the Lord during a time of many difficult trials.

It is now the burning passion 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.

Please pray for us in the great state of Montana as we seek to, "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ". 2 Peter 3:18

Nebraska - Omaha/Council Bluffs Area Group - Choya Bielenberg

Choya Bielenberg
Omaha/Council Bluffs Area Group 

OMAHA, NE

Choya Bielenberg’s Area Group serves western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. This encompasses the cities of Omaha to Sioux Falls from Lincoln to Ames and everywhere in between. 

 Our mission is aligned with Precept - which exists to establish people in God's Word. Our passion is to help them discover Truth for themselves by using the Inductive Bible Study method. 

 As we discover that we are not alone in this battle that rages against the Truths of Scripture we can accomplish so much more.  In our Area Group we will network together to be intentional about resourcing leaders through various resources and a whole on-line community.

I came to know the Lord as my Savior in 1986.  Soon thereafter I was introduced to Precept Ministries and knew that I wanted to go further with the material and desired to become a bible study leader.  In the early 90’s I received training.  Being a bible study leader has been very rewarding for me. 

 It is my heart’s desire to see other believers equipped to accurately handle the Word of Truth.  If it had not been for the studies I prepared for and those I studied with, I would not have been equipped for the trials that we are promised to encounter as servants of Jesus Christ.

 I encourage you to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps.34:8), pray with us, that in our area the fellowship around His Word and this great online community will become infectious for Jesus Christ!

Ohio - Greater Cleveland Area Group - Carolynn Scott

Carolynn Scott
Great Cleveland Area Group 

CLEVELAND, OH

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.

Oklahoma - Tulsa Area Group - Beth Rayburn

Beth Rayburn
Tulsa Area Group 

TULSA, OK

When I think of telling my story… would I best be described physically, by the region of the US I was born in, or the extent of my education?  Which of these items would give a sincere summation? These ideas do not truly describe the work that is happening in me but they have contributed to the shape of my journey.  

At one point in my young adult life, I became aware that I could answer many theological questions about God and Christ, and the process necessary to ‘become a Christian’.  I had ‘prayed the prayer’, been baptized, and was “working” very hard at living a holy life.  Through a series of circumstances totally out of my control, I came face to face with the truth that I had a grasp of the process of believing, but I had not fully engaged.  What a shock for me to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that all the head knowledge was great, but I had not surrendered.  

From the moment I said, ‘All of You and none of me’, His Spirit has been gently and consistently transforming me. The role of Precept Ministries and inductive study cannot be emphasized enough.  I am discovering who God is, how He loves me, what He is equipping me to do, and how He is working in the world.  I grow in my love of His Word, and in anticipation of what He will accomplish through me in serving Tulsa, OK as a Precept Network Area Team Leader. 

ONLINE - Official Online Precept Group - Cindy Langford

Cindy Langford
Official Online Precept Group 

ONLINE

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.

 
Philadelphia - Greater Pittsburgh Area Group - Jackie Myers

Jackie Myers
Greater Pittsburg Area Group 

PITTSBURGH, PA

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 

KINGSPORT, TN

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.

Texas - Houston Area Group - Charlease Hatchett

Charlease Hatchett
Houston Area Group 

Spring, TX

For Charlease, helping others to grow in God’s word is more than an interest or a pastime – it’s a calling – and after enrolling in one Precept class, she was “hooked” on the inductive study method.  She has been involved with Precept since 1999 and has served as a Bible Study Leader before stepping into her current role as an Area Team Leader.

“When I decided to take my first Precept class I was very intrigued.  It allowed me to see God's Word in an accurate way for the first time.  It made me curious to see who God truly is and why I should fully commit to Him.  Once I saw how powerful studying God's Word was, I began telling everyone I knew.  People started saying, I didn't know that was in the Bible."  “Why aren’t more people studying this way?” I immediately felt a deep desire to share what truths I had discovered to help bring someone else along in the love and knowledge of God and Jesus.  Now I can't keep quiet and my life has totally changed.”

Charlease resides in Spring, Texas, with her husband.  She has two children, a son who is presently a student at Baylor University and a daughter who is a recent graduate of Rice University.  Charlease and her husband are members of Fallbrook Church where the addition of Precept classes to the training curriculum is welcomed.

Virginia - Washington, DC Area Group - Scott Faught

Scott Faught
Washington, DC Area Group 

WOODBRIDGE, VA

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 

SPOKANE, WA

My story begins in a small town in PA. At my birth my dad was away at war.  During that separation my mother became a Christian & raised my brother & I to live for Christ.  After dads return from the war, my parents separated.  At age 15 I ran away from God, home & rules.  I married at 19 & packed up my spirit of "Don’t tell me what to do” & headed off with my husband to Connecticut.  My marriage can best be described as a roller-coaster ride ( many ups & downs).  God bless us with 2 children who I taught, "don't do as I do, DO AS I SAY".    We are happily married (51 years) and have been blessed with 6 grandchildren. 

At age 32 God saved me.  Since then I have had the privilege to be a Sunday School teacher, VBS leader, BSF leader, retreat speaker, devotional writer, leading Precept in Kiev,Ukraine, a Precept Bible Study leader for over 23 years, and most recently Area Team Leader in the Spokane, WA area. 

To GOD be the glory great things He has done!