Daily Bible Study
Spring Quarter 2013
"Beyond the Present Time"
For individual study
Clara K. Welch has served churches in Maryland, South Carolina, and Georgia as a diaconal minister and an ordained deacon. She is certified in the areas of Christian education and older adult ministry through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Following graduation from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor's degree in music education, Clara taught music at Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. She then attended Scarritt College in Nashville, where she earned a master's degree in church music and Christian education. After several years of working in the local church, she returned to school and earned an MTS at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Clara and her husband, Brian, have one daughter, Rebecca Jo.
Wayne Reece has served pastorates in Texas, Indiana, and Michigan. He also was editor of Christian Action, Cross-talk, Self-Instruction Study Bible, and Adult Bible Studies for over ten years for The United Methodist Publishing House. Wayne has written numerous curriculum articles over the years, and he also wrote the bi-weekly column for the International Lesson Series in the Michigan Christian Advocate. He currently writes for Mature Years. Wayne loves to read and study the Bible.
Wayne and his wife, Jo, moved to Nashville, Tennessee, upon his retirement from the West Michigan Conference. They have four daughters, 14 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.
Abby Thornton is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master's of divinity from Duke Divinity School. After serving several churches in North Carolina and Virginia, she now lives in Annapolis, Maryland, where she serves as pastor of Broadneck Baptist Church.
In addition to her pastoral work, Abby loves the ecumenical work of writing and editing curriculum for Baptist, United Church of Christ, Mennonite/Church of the Brethren, and United Methodist publishers. Beyond writing and church ministry, Abby enjoys playing guitar, kayaking, travel, spending time at the beach, and eagerly anticipating the start of a new Duke basketball season.