Scripture Memory Fellowship exists to cultivate systematic Scripture memorizers who know Jesus Christ and grow in his likeness for the glory of God.
Who We Are
Scripture Memory Fellowship's mission is to cultivate systematic Scripture memorizers who know Jesus Christ and grow in His likeness for the glory of God. We do this by offering printed, digital, and musical Bible memory tools for every age group. We also promote live events, such as Scripture Memory Camp and Scriptorium, to cultivate the habit of obeying, the heart of understanding, and the art of presenting the life-giving words of God (Ezra 7:10; John 6:63; James 1:22).
Scripture Memory Fellowship was founded in 1977, utilizing the same materials developed for Bible Memory Association (BMA). Based in Texas, SMF operates primarily for North America but has partners in Spain, Indonesia, and beyond.
Scripture Memory Fellowship does more than just provide Bible memory tools. The word “fellowship” is part of our name for a reason: we’re here to support a community of Scripture memorizers from around the world.
The best way to join the community is to participate in our current memory program. You'll be encouraged and motivated knowing that memorizers across the country are working on the same verses right along with you. You'll also be invited to join the Facebook group for that program so you can connect with other memorizers.
SMF brings together people who are passionate about God’s Word.
At SMF, there’s nothing that brings us more joy than seeing people who started off not feeling competent/able to memorize, but end up finding success in memorization and finding joy in the Scriptures.
The model we love to pursue is:
Start at a basic level
Make it a part of your family
Share it with others
What We Believe
We believe the Old and New Testaments to be the infallible God-breathed Word in their original writings and the only authoritative and all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. (Isa. 8:20: 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21)
We believe that there is one true God, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the same in essence and equal in power and glory. (Matt. 28:19-20; John 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His vicarious death by which we have redemption through His blood, in His bodily resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father. (Matt. 1:21-23; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4)
We believe that man was created innocent and in the image of God, but that he sinned and thereby brought upon himself and all his posterity not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which results in eternal separation from the presence of God. We believe God created human beings, male and female, in His own image and likeness, that marriage is monogamous union of male and female, and that human life begins at conception. (Gen. 1:26-28; Matt. 19:4; Rom. 5:12; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that the eternal salvation of lost and sinful man comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the whole world, and in whom we have redemption through His blood. (Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 1:7; 2:1; 1 John 2:2)
We believe in the personality and the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 4:30; 5:19)
We believe in the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church and in His personal return to earth to establish His kingdom in power and righteousness and with great glory. (John 14:1-4; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:14-17)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and everlasting punishment of the lost. (Dan. 12:2-3; Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29)
- Inspire enthusiasm for the surpassing value of God's Word.
- Kindle motivation that overcomes all objections and obstacles to memorizing Scripture.
- Sharpen skills with innovative, creative, and truly helpful answers to the question: “How can I memorize?”
- Model memory work by being the memorizer we want others to be.
- Invest in relationships that encourage memorizers with accountability, recitals, and rewards.
- Co-labor with sister ministries that share our purpose of planting God’s Word.
Meet the Staff
Jim has been memorizing Scripture his whole life, but as a teenager, 1 Peter 5:7 awakened him to the the beauty of Christ's love. As President of the Board, Jim's participates in program development, ministry promotion, and strategic planning. Jim is also a full-time pastor in Dayton, Tennessee, where he resides with his family. Jim's father, Dr. N. A. Woychuk, founded SMF's parent ministry (BMA) in 1944.
Dakota started memorizing in 9th grade after realizing that Scripture memorization deserved to be a priority in his life. Some of his favorite memory passages include 1 John 3 and Psalm 19. As Executive Director, Dakota oversees program development and manages the day-to-day operations of Scripture Memory Fellowship. He is also the developer of VerseLocker, SMF's free mobile app. Dakota is married to fellow staff member Laura Lynch.
Laura has memorized Scripture since early childhood, participating in AWANA, Bible Quizzing, and the National Bible Bee. A homeschool graduate, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Thomas Edison State College. As SMF's full-time operations manager, Laura has many responsibilities including order fulfillment, newsletter mailings, and pre-press formatting. She also contributes to the development of new SMF programs and resources. Laura is married to fellow staff member Dakota Lynch.
Randy Williamson is a native of Mississippi. He came to saving faith at the age of ten through the witness of a cousin. Randy is the husband of Tricia and father to two girls, Kennedy and Audrey. He is a graduate of Blue Mountain College (B.A.) and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, D.Min). For 15 years, he served in pastoral ministry at churches in rural Mississippi and Arkansas. He now resides in Texas, where he works full-time as SMF's Program Administrator.
Scripture memorization is a spiritual discipline that Randy enjoys. His passion for hiding God's Word in his heart began eight years ago with a Topical Memory Course by The Navigators and through hearing Andrew Davis speak about extended Scripture memorization. He became connected with Scripture Memory Fellowship in 2019 at a homeschool convention.
Sharon's grandmother introduced her to Scripture memorization at a young age, beginning with Psalm 117. While growing up in an active church environment, Sharon's childhood featured many other opportunities to memorize God's Word as well. After serving for several years as a volunteer, she now serves as SMF's Administrative Assistant. Her responsibilities include order fulfillment, data entry, and answering phones.
Digital Media Specialist
Hannah Kohner is homeschool graduate from Minnesota. Her love for Scripture memorization ignited after participating in the National Bible Bee for several years, and she now serves to help other young people to experience the same. In her free time she enjoys studying theology and spending time in God's creation. You can also find her devoting time to writing and graphic design, both hobbies she carries over into her work at SMF.
Phil's life was transformed by the words of Galatians 2:20--"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." With his wife Jacky and four lovely children, Phil's passion is to spread enthusiasm for the Word of God among Bible College students in Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and beyond.