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Marvin UMC

300 W. Erwin St.
Tyler, TX 75702

Service Times

  • Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. Traditional (sanctuary)
  • Sundays 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Core - Contemporary (Herd Worship Center)
  • Wednesdays 12:05 p.m. Mid-Week Meditation (chapel)

Marvin University is a slate of small groups and Bible studies to help equip you for discipleship. As part of our Worship Plus One vision, Marvin University gives you a place to connect with your one (or more) small group or ministry. Scholarships are available for all classes. 

New programming for the whole family is available twice a year, in spring and fall. During each semester, we offer Wednesday Night Dinner at 5 p.m. each Wednesday in Pirtle Hall. Cost is $7 per adult, $3 for 12 and under, and $20 for families of four or more. A children’s menu is available. 

Scholarships are available for all classes. 

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Pastor’s Studies


Time: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11 (13 weeks)
Hub (morning), Herd Worship Center (evening)
Leaders: Doug Baker, David Dorn
Cost: Free

Join pastors Doug Baker and David Dorn as they co-lead the expository study of the Book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews encourages believers to stand firm in their faith and not return to former ways of living. The work of Christ is often described in the book as “better.” Christ has brought a better revelation, a better priesthood, a better covenant, a better sanctuary and a better sacrifice. Jesus’ new covenant supersedes that of the old covenant.


Time: 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11 (nine weeks)
Leader: Ingrid Akers
Cost: $20 for book

The prophet Isaiah declared that “the year of the LORD” had come and God’s people needed to either step up or stand down. Isaiah was brilliant, courageous and uncompromising. Indeed, when Isaiah spoke, kings trembled. Often named “the fifth gospel,” the book of Isaiah has more to say about Israel’s coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book. But too often, when Isaiah speaks today, God’s people have trouble hearing. Why? We often miss the larger context. In The Epic of Eden: Isaiah, Dr. Sandra Richter takes participants back to the eighth century BCE, explaining Israel’s religion and economy, exploring the definition and role of the prophets and helping us apply the message of this champion of the faith to our lives.

Life Studies and Support


Time: 6 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11
Leader: Rick Jett
Cost: $100 per household (scholarships available)

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) by Dave Ramsey is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, discussions and small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. Learn to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely and much more! No matter what your goals, this class has something to offer. The cost includes a lifetime membership with added benefits. Our last class, as a whole, paid off $35,000 in debt, saved $60,000 and increased their giving to the church during their nine weeks together. Come join the movement to becoming debt free!


Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11 (nine weeks)
Leader: Gerry Giles
Cost: Free

Grief Share will help you face the challenges that come from losing a loved one; we seek to come along side you as you move toward rebuilding your life. Each session is self-contained so you need not be concerned about missing a night. Our time together will include a video seminar hosted by experts in the field of grief recovery as well as discussion within the support group. Workbooks are provided for personal study and reflection at no cost to the participant.

Connection Room Studies


Time: 9:45 a.m. on Sundays, Jan. 8-29
Leader: Russ Cooper
Cost: Free

This class will explore how God uses transformed human hearts to change the world by studying the life of John Wesley as depicted in the acclaimed feature film Wesley. There will be no outside reading, but bring your Bibles as we watch and analyze clips from the movie that illustrate key issues and examine Biblical passages that pertain to those issues.


Time: 9:45 a.m. on Sundays, March 5-April 9
Leader: Russ Cooper
Cost: $15 for book (optional)

We’re all searching. Sometimes the search is easy: simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Adam Hamilton believes that some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In this book for Lent, Easter and beyond, Hamilton considers important questions of life, reality and truth, exploring not only what Christians believe but also why they believe it and why it matters.

Women’s Studies


Time: 10 a.m. on Tuesdays Jan. 24-March 7
Room 232
Leader: Kari Smith
Cost: $13 for the book

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you—unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But this battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you. The enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer's inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory. Sign up online for child care.


Time: 6 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 23-Feb. 27
Leaders: Mitzi Avera and Kathy Story
Cost: $13 for the book

We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves. In this study, Beth will encourage you to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live a life of faithfulness.

Men’s Studies


Time: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays
Adult Lounge
Cost: $8 for lunch

Men are invited for a meal and devotional. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. for fellowship. Call the Welcome Center for lunch reservations.


Time: Noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning
Adult Lounge
Leader: John Hudnall
Cost: $8 for lunch

Men are invited for a meal and devotional. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. for fellowship. Call the Welcome Center for lunch reservations.



Time: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11
Leaders: Jim Broussard, Julie Love Brown
Cost: Free

Kids ages 4 through fourth grade are invited to sing, create and play together. Child care is offered for children through 3 years old. We follow scripture from our Sunday School curriculum which is The Life of Jesus.


Marvin UMC

300 W. Erwin St.
Tyler, TX 75702

903-592-7396  |  

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