The Loop at a Glance
ABC's of EBC
- September 4 - September 25 (four week class), taught by Greg Couser.
Greg has pastored at Emmanuel for 22 years. He is married to Ronna, his wife of 33 years. They have four daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. Greg has a bachelor’s in Pastoral Studies and a Master of Arts in New Testament from Liberty University, a Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Aberdeen University, Scotland. Greg is a Senior Professor of New Testament and Greek at Cedarville University where he is primarily involved in training young men and women for ministries in the church and/or academy.
The Holy Spirit
- September 4 - September 25 (four week class), taught by Steve Ruffner.
This four week study will take a look at the nature and work of the Holy Spirit and create a clearer understanding of who He is and the role He plays in the life of Believers.
Plan to study...
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
- What does the Holy Spirit Do?
- What is the Holy Spirit's relationship to you?
- What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit?
Identity in Christ
- September 4 - November 20 (12 week class), taught by Will Urschel.
Truth and Treats (6th - 8th Grade)
- September 4 - November 20 (12 week class), taught by Ryan Samuelsen.
Youth Leader Training
- October 2 - October 23 (four week class), taught by Van Holloway.
All current youth leaders, along with anyone intersted in youth ministry, are invited. The following topics will be addressed:
- The mission/vision/values of the EBC youth ministry
- Expectations for our youth leaders.
- Being an effective youth leader.
- Assessing each participants interests, strengths, and availability with the goal of plugging them into some area of youth ministry.
Some of the possible ministry opportunities with our youth include the following:
- Sunday evening middle school and high school youth group meetings
- Additional leader training on Wednesday evenings thoughout the fall
- Friday Nite Alive program at the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center
- Boys and Girls Bible Studies
- Mentoring and coaching opportunities with our youth
- Sunday morning Middle School class during the Loop hour
- Camps, retreats, missions trips and other special events
Child Development: Preparing the Child for the Road throughout the Stages of Childhood
- Postponed - TBD (four week class), taught by Dr. Ruth Sylvester
Intended audience: Parents, prospective parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, or anyone who interacts with children on a regular basis.
Ruth Sylvester is a wife, mother, grandmother (aka Dearie), and professor. She has a BS in elementary education from Tennessee Temple University and an MA in elementary education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in literacy from the University of South Florida. Prior to her position at Cedarville University, she and her husband, Tim, lived in their hometown of Lakeland, Florida. She is a former 5th grade teacher, school administrator, and professor at a research intensive university in Florida. She presents her work at regional and national literacy and teacher education conferences and has published in both research and practitioner journals as well as contributed chapters to several books.
College Drinking: Don't be a Statistic
- October 30 & November 6, taught by Rebecca Tuck
Rebecca Tuck, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC is licensed as a mental health and drug and alcohol counselor and is currently an addictions therapist at Lindner Center of HOPE, a psychiatric hospital located in Mason, OH.
Prior to this, Rebecca worked in a community mental health agency, Solutions Community Counseling
and Recovery Services. Here she worked as a School-Based Therapist, a Crisis Therapist in a jail and hospital settings, and as an Outpatient Program Supervisor overseeing a team of 12 mental health and
addictions clinicians. She had the privilege of working with Judge Rudduck in Clinton County on his drug
court docket. She currently is part of a Crisis Intervention Team that provides education to police officers through the Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Warren and Clinton Counties. She also provides prevention education to people on intensive supervision for the Clinton County Court. Rebecca has a Masters of Ministry (Worship Music Concentration) and a Masters of Arts (Counseling) Degree, both from Cincinnati Christian University.
Before becoming a therapist, Rebecca served as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at First
Church of Christ in Xenia, Ohio, and Beechwold Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio. It was at First
Church of Christ where she met her husband, Matt. Matt and Rebecca live in Xenia, Ohio and have six
children, Nicholas 25, Dakota 23, Madison 21, Isabella 12, Samuel 10 and Malachi 4.
Decision Making and the Word of God
- October 2 - November 20 (eight week class), taught by Chris Smith
Chris has been married to his wife Christine for 27 years. They have two daughters (Jessica-22, Juliana-16) and two sons (Benjamin-12, Sam-9). Chris met Christine at the University of Portland where he earned a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and she earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Chris served 20 years in the Air Force as a Navigator and program manager before retiring in 2008. During that time he earned a Master’s in Managerial Economics from the University of Oklahoma. Chris now works as an engineer and manager at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Fairborn. Chris and his family moved to Xenia last October when they began attending EBC. They are thankful to be serving the Lord as part of the EBC body.