Jesus Academy
Jesus Academy offers courses, studies and discussion groups to help you grow spiritually and live into the way of Jesus.


Our spring season of Jesus Academy will begin the first week of March 2021.

 If you have questions about Jesus Academy, contact Alina McKinley at


Spring Course Descriptions

Jesus Between Miracles

Learn to Read the Gospels Relationally

Duration: 8 weeks (March 11th – April 29th) 

Day/Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30pm

Location: In-person at Imago Dei Eastside (3130 SE 148th Ave) 

Class Size: Limited to 12 people in-person

Course Objectives:

  • Identify actions, reactions, circumstances, behavior choices and emotions 
  • Become a cultural detective 
  • Discover relational connections that Jesus values
  • Explore: How does Jesus live with intentionality?
  • Explore: How do people encounter God? 

About the Instructor:

Linda Dodge utilizes interactive teaching methods and is passionate about helping others learn they can read and understand the Bible for themselves. She has a background in community-based facilitation, communication and leadership skills; a Master’s Degree from Multnomah Biblical Seminary; and taught Hermeneutics at a two-year Oregon Bible College. She is co-leader of a Women’s Bible Study at Imago Dei Eastside and a Refuge group facilitator. 

Reading and Hearing God’s Word

Developing the practice of Bible Reading and Interpretation

Day/Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Class Size: Minimum of 9 people

Course Description:

In this class participants and teachers will commit to reading scripture daily. We will read through the books of Deuteronomy and Galatians. Both books contain vital insight into what it looks like to be in relationships with God and one another that faithfully reflect God’s character. We will gather weekly on Zoom to interact with the readings and practice the skills of observation, interpretation and application while learning to rely on the role of prayer and the Holy Spirit in helping us understand scripture. 

Instructors: Gena Siegel and Haley Kirkpatrick (Bios coming soon!)

Marriage Refresh

Duration: March 2nd-April 20th

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 8:30-9:30pm 

Location: Video via Google Meet

Course Description: 

Marriage Refresh is an online group for couples. We discuss topics about marriage including communication, attachment, affection, emotions, expectations and conflict. We look at brain science and relationship research. We explore how our relationships are shaped by popular culture, church culture and the Bible. It’s a space to meet other couples, encourage each other, learn and practice together.

About the Instructor: 

Alan Rutherford is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He applies biblical teaching, Attachment Theory and research from the Gottman Institute in his work with couples. He and his wife, Jody, are couples coaches at Imago Dei. When Alan’s not working, he enjoys cycling, backpacking, carpentry, and playing music.

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