The North Avenue Family

One of the ways the Bible describes the Church is as a family. As with many families, North Avenue gets together and connects in varied contexts and for various reasons. On this page, you can discover some of the structured ways that we express our unity and love and the opportunities we have to get together to encourage each other in our faith.

Sunday 11:15 a.m.

Speak Easy
Meeting Time: 8 p.m. / 9 p.m.
Description: A time to gather for authentic conversation on the journey toward the intersection of justice, Jesus, and everyday life. People of all ages and stages are welcome to join in this relaxed time of fellowship and dialogue. Michelle Witherspoon provides leadership to the conversation.
Main Contact: Michelle Witherspoon
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email Michelle Witherspoon for current Zoom information if you would like to participate.

Theology 101
Meeting Time: 11:15 a.m.
Description: Young adulthood (ages 18-25) is a crucial time in identity formation. This class invites students and recent graduates into a space dedicated to learning how to study Scripture and to think theologically about identity, community, and action.
In developing new friendships, we invite different voices into the conversation to help us better understand and live out how to be followers of Jesus in this day and age.
The class is facilitated by Gaan Akers (Elder), Michael Payne (Deacon), and Mitch Costley (Deacon)
Main Contact: Gaan Akers
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email Gaan Akers if you would like to participate.

Chinese Discipleship Classes
Meeting Times: 9 a.m. (International ESL) and 11:15 a.m. (Chinese Student Fellowship Sunday School)
Description: The purpose of the Chinese Student Fellowship Sunday School class is twofold: to immerse the student believers with the Word of God and help them apply the Gospel into their daily lives; and to introduce the Word of God to the seekers and help them see God’s revelation. The International ESL class previews worship and includes sermon text with English vocabulary for Chinese Scholars. We serve as a welcoming entry point for mainland Chinese Scholars, and our purpose is to introduce the foundations of the Christian faith and worship.
Main Contacts: Jason Chen (Chinese Student Fellowship Sunday School) and Neale Hightower (International ESL)
Preferred Means of Contact: and
Please email Jason Chen or Neale Hightower for current Zoom information if you would like to participate.

Meeting Time: 9 a.m.
Description: Inspired by Ephesians 2:19-22, the Cornerstone Class will explore what it means to seek Jesus as the Cornerstone of all aspects of our lives – vocation, marriage, family, interpersonal relationships – and what that looks like in the real world. Our class welcomes all visitors, so please drop in and visit!
Main Contact: Gay Buxton
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email Gay Buxton for current Zoom information if you would like to participate.

Families With Young Children
Meeting Time: 8:30 p.m.
Description: Parents with children in preschool and younger gather for Bible study and to share in life together. The group is facilitated by Rev. Glenn Goldsmith and is supported by Kim Goldsmith and Jim and Joelynn McKay.
Main Contact: Rev. Glenn Goldsmith
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email Rev. Glenn Goldsmith for current Zoom information if you would like to participate.

Designed for Discipleship
Meeting Time: 11:15 a.m.
Description: Rooted in an in-depth examination of Scripture with a focus on growing as disciples in Christ, we aim to create a space where we learn from each other through honest, thoughtful discussion with the goal of understanding and applying God’s Word. We can easily accommodate one-time visitors and always welcome new people to become part of our community. Debby Heller serves as the class communicator; Jon Toppen leads the teaching team which includes Elizabeth Gieseking, Liz and Ben Stanford, Dan Heller, Bill Dixon, and Courtney Robinson.
Main Contact: Debby Heller
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email Debby Heller for current Zoom information if you would like to participate.

The Choir Class
Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.
Description: The Choir Class engages in line-by-line readings and examinations of The Word of God, interspersed with insight from sources such as Ellicott’s, Pulpit, Calvin, and Matthew Henry’s commentaries. The Choir Class is facilitated by Oscar Rodriguez, and the class will resume when NAPC reopens for in-person discipleship studies.
Main Contact: Oscar Rodriguez
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email Oscar Rodriguez if you would like to participate.

Here & Now
Meeting Time: 11:15 a.m.
Description: The Here and Now fellowship group will continue its explorations of The Church Then and Now. Come join us for a little church history, scriptural context, theological fights, and more!
Main Contact: Emily Curtin
Preferred Means of Contact:
Zoom Meeting ID: 740 537 448
Zoom Meeting Website:
Call-In Option: Dial 1-646-558-8656, and, when prompted, enter Meeting ID 740 537 448 #

The United Class
Meeting Time: 11:15 a.m.
Description: Facilitated by Whit Smith, the primarily lecture-based format is designed to provide expository Bible teaching.  The United Class welcomes those who want to know more about God and be transformed by the Holy Spirit for daily living as His disciples. The Fall lecture series will explore what the Bible reveals as God’s plan for reconciliation.
Main Contact: Whit Smith
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email Whit Smith if you would like to participate.

International Perspectives Class
Meeting Time: TBD
Description: Coordinated by a team of committed leaders, this group draws congregants from international backgrounds, those who are committed to the global mission of the church and those who have spent time overseas in service to the church. Our goal is to understand more fully the Great Commission by studying the Scriptures and hearing the testimonies of visiting missionaries as well as the experiences of our fellow class members.
Main Contacts: Renata Dennis and Lakshmi Sankar
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email if you would like to participate.

The CUP Ministry
Meeting Time: 5:30 p.m.
Description: A class giving voice to street theology and a safe place for new-comers to gather, The CUP Ministry seeks to help bridge gaps in the church inadvertently caused by theological and economic differences. Elder Prince Davies-Venn provides leadership to the weekly conversations.
Main Contact: Prince Davies-Venn
Preferred Means of Contact:
Please email Prince Davies-Venn if you would like to participate.

This season of the pandemic has caused many of us a lot of anxiety, even as we are more separated and isolated from one another than ever. What a difficult combination of circumstances! As part of our Care ministry at North Ave, we would like to share some tools to help you deal with anxiety and other emotions. In the next few weeks, we will send you a resource card for the pandemic, with Scripture and other tools that you can use during this time.

The Apostle John writes in I John 1:5-7:

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

Here John tells us that we are all tempted to keep our negative, difficult, or even sinful selves in the dark. But he promises us two things if we will bring them into the light: 1) true fellowship with one another–which is like friendship, only better and 2) a cleaning up from the sin or other things that may be bothering us in the dark.

In the video below, Trevor shares a tool that he uses to understand his emotions and bring them into the light. This tool has brought him the twin gifts of fellowship and help with anxiety. We have printed copies of the emotions wheel to give you at the Drive-thru North Avenue event on Sunday.  We are all facing things that affect our emotions in these times. Let’s use these challenging, anxious days as an opportunity to learn more about how to walk in the light with one another and with God. Isn’t it like God to use something difficult to bring about growth in our hearts?

The Gospel of Mark is known in some circles as “The Gospel of the Messianic Secret.” In part it gained that moniker because the Disciples never seem to figure out what Jesus is doing or who He really is, even though, to the reader, it seems to be plain. But is it?
Our approach to Mark will be this: imagine an outline of Jesus ~ just a pen and ink sketch that barely gives distinction to Him as distinct from any other man. Now, imagine, over the course of our 27-week study, filling in the sketch with color and texture, detail and distinction. I hope we can approach this familiar story as if we have never heard it before, with the intention of gathering details about WHO Jesus is and who He is calling us to be.
I hope we will be surprised and challenged by what Jesus says and we will need to process and discuss what we are seeing and hearing with what we thought we knew about Jesus, and how that works itself out in our hearts and minds.
You may enjoy this short video by The Bible Project as a further overview of the Gospel of Mark: To get into a bit more specific detail about how the Gospel is explicitly expressed in Mark, they made this video as well:

Wednesday Schedule:

Women’s Bible Study – Wednesday Evenings
Join early for Fellowship at 6:30 p.m.
Bible Study begins at 7 p.m.

Thursday Schedule:

Open Bible Study – Thursday Mornings
Join early for Fellowship at 9:30 a.m.
Bible Study begins at 10 a.m.
Small Groups at 11 a.m.

Bible Study Videos

In the video section below you can watch the latest Bible Study video.  You can access previous Bible Study videos by clicking on the menu in the top right of the video screen or by clicking the button below the video.

Small Groups

North Avenue has small groups that gather all over the metro-Atlanta area, meeting throughout the week. Some groups gather based on location, affinity, or age & stage. Find the right group for you by contacting Kim Goldsmith.

Presbyterian Women gather on the second Tuesday of each month for a combined study, followed by circle meetings and lunch.  We will be examining the Spiritual Disciplines as a means of Spiritual Formation.  Gatherings begin at 10:30 in The Overlook Hall, followed by Circle Meetings in 4101 and 4102.  Circle leaders will collect lunch orders from members prior to each monthly meeting.  Box lunches will be provided by Jason’s Deli at $10 per lunch.

Spiritual Formation is our continuing response to the reality of God’s grace shaping us into the likeness of Jesus Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit, in the community of faith, for the glory of God and for the sake of the world.” 

“In the end the point of becoming more like Christ is not that we are better people doing more good for others. In the end the point of becoming more like Christ is that God is glorified by our faithfulness. Nothing more.”

Jeffrey Greenman in “Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspectives

Both Circle One and Circle Two will meet together at 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month for devotion, teaching, and fellowship. Circles will then break into two groups for discussion and lunch from Jason’s Deli (RSVP for lunch to your Circle leader each month).


North Avenue Presbyterian Church is home to around 700 members and many regular attendees from all parts of metro Atlanta. We are a vibrant, multicultural, and missional church attempting to live out our mission of “Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known.” We encourage those who feel ready to make a deeper commitment to our mission and our church community to join us as members.

Membership Exploration classes are held twice a year. The class begins with dinner in a member’s home on Saturday evening.  Those interested in learning more about membership have an opportunity to meet members and staff and enjoy an excellent meal together.  On the following two Sunday mornings, we gather again for a deeper discussion of who Jesus is and our relationship to Him, as well as time to become better acquainted with some of our pastors and church leaders and the mission and vision of our church. At the end of the class, those who are ready can join the church and begin the process of finding a place to connect in our church family. Childcare is provided during the class on Sunday morning, and children are welcome to come to dinner on Saturday night.  Registration prior to the class is required. To register or to ask questions, please contact Kim Goldsmith.

Serving on Sundays


Are you a musician or vocalist? Share your gifts with the congregation! Whether you would like to play in the Worship Band or sing with Chancel Choir, we would love to have you join us leading worship at North Avenue. To find out more about how you can get involved, contact Lisa Ellinger.


We have a dedicated group of volunteers that play a vital role in worship every week by running the slides on the screens during our worship services. We have also added live-streaming to reach those who are not able to be with us in person on Sunday’s. We offer training to help volunteers get comfortable with the equipment and software utilized. This is a great way to be a part of North Avenue’s core value of “Passionate Worship.” To find out more about how you can get involved, contact Lisa Ellinger.


Do you remember the first person who welcomed you at North Avenue? The Hospitality Team is in need of smiling faces to help welcome people who come in our doors. Are you able to welcome people for 60-90 minutes once a month so that others might find a warm welcome? Volunteer by contacting Kim Goldsmith.

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