The 5AM Bible Study Ministry, Inc. is made up of like-minded Christians who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. We love the Lord, hunger and thirst after righteousness, and have purposed in our hearts to put God first in our lives. So, we wake up early each day to study God’s Word, and praise and worship Him over the telephone.
“Study to show ourselves approved unto God; a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
… AND OBJECTIVES
- To grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:5-6)
- To be doers of the word and not hearers only. (James 1:22)
- To share the gospel with everyone and bring honor to the Lord as we strive for a ministry of excellence. (Matt. 28:19)
More than 25 years ago, a casual friendship among Sisters Nadine Cager, Barbara Fielder and Pansy Wells grew into a tight bond when they decided to study the Bible together. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, they soon organized a unique telephone ministry called 5 AM Bible Study. Among the first to join the group were Mother Olivia Swanson, and Sisters Sandra Hatter and Hattie Hunter, all of whom are now deceased. Other pioneers – some who are still part of the ministry – included Sisters Rachel McCrae, Bonita Cobb, Geraldine Lindsay, Phyllis Newton, Camelia Styles, and Priscilla Gay.
Throughout the decades, the hour-long study routine has remained the same. Members use the King James version of the Bible as they read scriptures selected for daily lessons in “Our Daily Bread,” a practical tool to relate to everyday issues. In the classes, as well as during private studies, members also use a concordance, and a Bible dictionary. Fervent prayers are rendered for specific needs, issues and concerns. And, songs of praise and thanksgiving are sung with zeal.
Since March 1990, the ministry has attracted members from various churches and denominations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, as well as such states as Tennessee and Georgia. Twelve classes have six to 10 members, with each led by a facilitator and an encourager. Each class begins with the same focus and scriptures, a uniformity developed by leaders who meet to jointly prepare the lesson plan for each week.
Initially the classes used a three-way telephone feature to connect each weekday morning. But in 2007, freeconferencecall.com was utilized to enable members to call in from other states and countries. Each class is assigned a specific call-in number and conference code. Everyone dials in simultaneously, and all 12 classes begin promptly at 5 AM and end at 6 AM Monday through Friday.
People who join the ministry are: 1) Individuals who want to increase their knowledge of God’s Word in a small, interactive group; 2) Sick and shut-ins who are unable to attend a local assembly but still desire to be connected daily with the body of Christ; 3) fragile people battered by life who need healing and mentoring by seasoned leaders committed to the ministry of reconciliation. Though not a church, the ministry has a Spiritual Advisory Board of ordained ministers.
The ministry maintains a Benevolence Fund that is used to assist members during illness or bereavement. Each member is encouraged to support the fund with a monthly contribution.
We believe by faith that God will continue to expand our ministry through quarterly gatherings, meetings, retreats, conferences/workshops and weekly Hour of Power of Prayer meetings.
Minister Nadine Cager
Since 1994, Minister Cager has been director of Green Pastures Senior Services, which cares for disabled elderly in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She has attended First Rock Baptist Church for 42 years, serving as a deaconess, assistant Sunday School Bible teacher and director of the Senior’s Ministry. In 2013, Minister Cager was ordained as an evangelist through the Chesapeake Bible College. She is an Associate Minister at First Rock Baptist Church.
Besides being one of the three founders of the 5 AM Bible Study Ministry, Minister Cager is a co-partner with Bema Outreach Ministry’s prison evangelism at the Upper Marlboro Correctional Facility in Maryland. She also conducts Bible Study at the Camp Springs Activity Center every Friday since 2006. Other activities include serving and speaking at Women’s conferences, retreats and workshops.
Born in Beckley, WV, Minister Cager graduated from Eastern High School in Washington, D.C. She has two grown sons.
Sister Wells has been a member of First Baptist Church of Highland Park for more than 30 years, working with the Cub Scout program, for a few years and as a substitute teacher of the Women’s Class in the Sunday Biblical Institute.
Born in Lake View, SC, Sister Wells attended segregated Columbus Elementary and High Schools. While living in South Carolina, she received Christ as her Savior and was baptized in a local river.
Sister Wells moved to Maryland in 1965 and attended the integrated DuVal High School in Lanham. After graduating in 1968, she lived a number of years in Baltimore, where she married and raised three children. Sister Wells currently resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Sister Fielder worked as a beautician in the Washington, D.C. area in the late 1970s and early 80s, and augmented that career by working with the multi-national direct sales company, Tupperware. On Jan. 12, 2015, she died after a 10-year battle with kidney failure.
The popular Tupperware products provided the perfect backdrop for Sister Fielder to meet Nadine Cager and Pansy Wells. Minister Cager recruited the two women and trained them to be managers in the company in the early 1980s. As Christian women, they soon spent their free time to bond and study the Bible together. This relationship blossomed into the 5AM Bible Study Ministry, for which Sister Fielder worked over the years as facilitator, treasurer and correspondence secretary.
Born on July 23, 1937, in Forsyth County, NC, Sister Fielder graduated from High School in Winston-Salem, and three years later, met and married Donald Fielder, on Nov. 4, 1960. The couple moved to the District of Columbia in 1973. She earned her cosmetology license in 1978, and began a successful career.
Sister Fielder was an active member of Covenant Christian Center, Fairfax, VA, from 1988-2000, until her health prevented her from attending. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, five children and grandchildren.