Redeemer Presbyterian Church:

Renewing the city socially, spiritually and culturally

East Side Classes

There are many ways at Redeemer to grow in the knowledge of God. One particular way is to participate in our East Side Classes on Sunday mornings, afternoons and evenings. Time and time again, the New Testament writers encourage their readers to grow in faith with their minds. Exhortations such as, “Set your mind on things above” (Colossians 3:2) and, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2) compel us to know Jesus and to know the gospel in its depths within our lives.

Redeemer believes that growth in one’s faith is a holistic growth. Therefore, we are excited to offer various classes on the East Side in three areas: biblical knowledge, spiritual renewal and mission. Join us as we wrestle through important and difficult topics that are sure to help you grow in your understanding of God, whether you are exploring Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for years. Please contact Aaron at if you have any questions.


Class schedule | Class descriptions | Featured Class links


Class schedule


This Week's Classes




Credibility of Christianity

Sundays, Apr 27 to May 18 12:10-1:10 p.m.

Epistle Study: Colossians

Sundays, Apr 27 to May 18 12:10-1:10 p.m.
Spiritual Disciplines Sundays, Apr 27 to May 18 12:10-1:10 p.m.
Re-thinking Quiet Times Sunday, Apr 27 12:10-1:40 p.m.
Mercy & Justice Sundays, May 4 to 18 12:10-1:10 p.m.
Marriage Check-Up Sunday, May 18 12:10-1:10 p.m.
Marriage & Family Ongoing 9:15-10:15 a.m.

*All classes held at the Hunter College West building on the corner of E. 68th St and Lexington Ave.


Class descriptions


East Side Classes are a great opportunity for you to explore or deepen your faith. Consider attending one of the following classes.

Spring Term Classes, April 27 - May 18


Credibility of Christianity

Instructors: Daniel Lee and Rev. Ed Sirya

Room 505, Hunter West Building, Cost: Free

If we can’t see God, if the Bible is obsolete, and if miracles can’t happen, then why do people all over the world profess to be Christians? Is it jut blind faith? Or are there valid, intellectual grounds for belief? Join us as we explore the reasons for Christianity, and then draw your own conclusions. Geared primarily for people who do not identify as Christians, so if you are a Christian, please consider inviting a friend.


Epistle Study: Colossians

Instructor: Steve Shaffer

Room 506, Hunter West Building, Cost: Free

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Is it really possible to live a life this grateful and filled up with Christ? The apostle Paul thought so. Through its focus on the supremacy of Christ in all things, the book of Colossians can be a great source of encouragement to people seeking to become more grounded in God.


Spiritual Disciplines

Instructors: Lyn Cook and Andi Brindley

Room 507, Hunter West Building, Cost: Free

In Acts 16, we get a glimpse into the prison cell where Paul and Silas are being held. Instead of huddled in the corner, they are “praying and singing hymns to God.” Somehow they are experiencing something more that transforms them. In this class, we will look at three specific spiritual disciplines: the word, prayer, and the Lord’s Supper, as ways God has given us to bring about this same transformation in our lives.


Mercy & Justice

Instructor: Mary Flynn Niemitz

Room 508, Hunter West Building, Cost: Free

In the midst of life at a frenetic pace, how do we live out God’s heart for the poor and marginalized of New York City? In this class we will explore together the gospel’s unique perspective on mercy and justice, and how we can help create a city in which communities experience spiritual, personal, social, and economic well-being. The May 18 session will feature a special guest speaker, NYC Relief Outreach Director Josiah Haken, who will share about how to care for and serve our homeless neighbors.


Marriage & Family

Glass Café, Hunter West Building

Cost: Free


These single-session classes will be offered throughout the year.


Marriage Check-up

Instructor: Lauren Gill

Room: 504, Hunter West Building, Cost: Free

Every marriage has areas of strength and weakness. Come celebrate your strengths and figure out practical ways to enhance other areas of your marriage to make it a God-glorifying ministry. Lauren has worked at Redeemer over two years. She is a graduate of the 2010 Gotham Fellowship class and is passionate about helping others grow in their marriages.


Re-thinking Quiet Times

Instructors: Rev. Aaron Bjerke and Lourine Clark

Room 508, Hunter West Building

Cost: Free, Register.

In a city that never sleeps, we can become overwhelmed with busy schedules and heavy workloads. For the Christian, a “survival skill” for living fruitfully is the practice of daily relational time with God. Come and see what quiet times might look like in your life.


Intro to Redeemer

Do you want to learn more about Redeemer’s vision and how we serve and minister to the city? Are you new to Redeemer or looking to get more involved? Come hear from Redeemer leaders, ask questions, and meet others over lunch. This is also the first step to becoming a member at Redeemer.


Featured class links


Membership and baptism | Other Redeemer classes and seminars