Lay Institute


The Lay Institute consists of a rotating series of classes offered three times a year on topics including Biblical Languages, Church History, Bible Study Methods, Bible Overview, Theology, Apologetics, and more. They are open to anyone college-age and above, whether or not they attend Denton Bible Church. While these classes are designed for the individual with no prior specialized theological or biblical education (i.e., Seminary or Bible College) they are typically more in-depth and comprehensive than your average Bible study. Students are provided class notes and a syllabus and are responsible for outside reading.

Cost: $15.

Charles Stolfus // 940.297.6725 //

Spring 2017

Tuesday Night

About the Class:

The Old Testament is made up of 39 books which advance an extended period of preparation and anticipation of the coming of Christ and his final sacrifice for the sins of the world. While each of these books contribute something significant and in some cases unique to this narrative, they are not arranged in a chronological order. They are arranged topically and semi-chronologically so it makes it a little bit difficult to understand the continuous storyline that is being advanced throughout the Old Testament. In this class we will work through this redemption story line beginning in the Garden of Eden and continuing throughout the last prophet of the Old Testament, which is then set off from the New Testament by 400 years of silence until John the Baptist breaks that silence with his announcement of the arrival of the Messiah Jesus Christ.

Tuesdays 7-9, SMC 113

Dates: Feb.21-April 25

About the Teacher:

Charles Stolfus ()



Thursday Night

About the Class:

The Gospel Centered Life and Biblical Counseling. What is Biblical counseling?  How is it distinctive from secular counseling? Should there be a stigma when counseling is needed?  In our time together, we will address these questions as well as topics such as anger, anxiety, breaking bad habits (addictions), guilt, hope and contentment.  How and why is Christ able to help us with these and many other challenges in our lives?  Our prayer is that we all be able to apply what we learn as well as help others whom the Lord brings into our lives.  The class format will include instruction, interaction as well as time for questions.  We will have plenty of tools and resources.  Please bring your Bibles for we will be using them.

Thursday 7-8:30, SMC 113

Feb. 23-April 6

About the Teacher:

Alex Kelley (MACE/BC; DTS, ) was in the business world then graduated from Dallas Bible College, The Criswell College and Dallas Seminary.  He was involved in vocational ministry for 5 years before beginning his 18 year career as a teacher, fifteen of which were here in Denton at the Davis School.  After the loss of his parents, Alex decided to go back to seminary for a counseling degree and has been with Steve Barns and Associates at DBC for two years. Alex Kelley is married to Kathy, and has two adult children with four grand kids.


Unfortunately, due to a lack of interest and response, the Church History class for Spring 2017 has been canceled. Please check back in the Fall of 2018 in which we will be able to offer a class on Church History in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!