ABOUT

THE STORY: Because God had positioned me to be leading a successful Small Group Ministry in a well known church, I would regularly hear from Small Group Point People searching for answers to their ministry questions. Over time two things became clear;
1) Many of their questions were about the basic fundamentals of Small Group Ministry;
2) They didn’t know where to turn for answers to their questions.

THE PROMPTING: In 2006, God gave me the idea to start a network where Small Group Point People could find encouragement and support from one another. There was no budget, no structure and I didn’t even know if anyone would be interested. But God brought back to mind the early days of my ministry when I was the one looking for help. How could I turn a deaf ear to all those people looking for help?

THE FIRST MOVE: God began connecting me with people with the same passion; when it comes to leading a Small Group Ministry, “Nobody Should Stand Alone”. Soon we had a group of volunteer leaders from across North America and we launched the Purpose Driven Small Group Network in 2007.

THE NEXT MOVE: As the network grew from a handful of people to hundreds, and then over a thousand, we recognized that we were reaching a very broad spectrum of people and churches. So, in July of 2010, we simplified our name and scope to the Small Group Network.

YOUR MOVE: The SGN is now international, connecting thousands of Small Group Point People around the world. It is my prayer that you will join us in connecting to and sharing resources with other Small Group Point People so that we might all develop healthy and strong small groups.

Steve Gladen

SGN Leadership Team:

Steve Gladen

Founder

949-836-6052

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

Steve has been Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of over 7,000 adult small groups on multiple campuses. He has authored Small Groups With Purpose, which has been translated into eight languages to date, and Leading Small Groups With Purpose. He frequently speaks at conferences and consults with church leaders both in the United States and around the world. He has a driving passion to see each church attendee connected to a qualified shepherd and become an integral part of their church body, living purposefully for Christ. Steve is also the Founder of the Small Group Network (SGN) giving influence and oversight to all the SGN initiatives. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1985, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies, with minors in Greek and Philosophy in 1982, from Evangel University. Steve and Lisa have been married since 1989 and have two children, Erika and Ethan.

Eric Falcinella

Network Development

949-609-8130

eric@smallgroupnetwork.com

Eric serves at Saddleback Church as the Pastor of Network Development where he leads the Small Group Network, workplace small groups, and events. He enjoys podcasting, blogging, music, helping people discover their purpose, and of course coffee.

Philip Byers

Connections Director - North America & Canada

940-453-5779

philip@smallgroupnetwork.com

Philip is the McKinney Campus Pastor at Preston Trail Community Church, superb of Dallas Texas and is a former Groups Pastor. God used small groups to greatly change his life. His greatest passion is to help people discover their identity and calling in Jesus and then live it out!

Ron Wilbur

International Connection Director

949-466-6159

ron@smallgroupnetwork.com

Ron is formerly the Pastor of Small Group Health at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Ron co-leads our connections team and leads the international team connecting SGN members outside of North America.

Derek Olson

Communications Team Leader

253.886.2014

derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

Derek is a coffee snob from Seattle who is passionate about Biblical community! He first began leading small groups as a youth pastor in 2004 and has had the privilege of doing so ever since in multiple ministry settings around the country. Derek is honored to serve as Communications Team Leader of the Small Group Network

USA Regional Leaders:

Mark Kendall

North Central Region Leader

(623) 680-0866

mark.kendall@grace.church

Mark serves at Pastor of Spiritual Development at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and is responsible for small group ministry, along with adult spiritual development. As North Central Region Leader he serves Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Chip Kelly

New England Regional Leader

914-260-8656

chip.kelly@use.salvationarmy.org

Chip is serving as the Regional Leader for the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode island and Vermont.

Greg Robins

South Central Regional Leader

(314) 413-6866

greg.robins@gatheringnow.org

Greg serves as the Discipleship Director at the Gathering in St. Louis. He is responsible for their small group ministry along with providing additional adult discipleship opportunities. He oversees the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.

Brian Beall

Midwest Regional Leader

260-469-4444

brian@smallgroupnetwork.com

Brian serves as the Pastor of Small Groups and Connection Communities at Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Brian oversees Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois.

Nick Lenzi

Mid Atlantic Regional Leader

724-331-7727

nick@smallgroupnetwork.com

Nick is the Dinner Group Director at Hoboken Grace Community Church in Hoboken, NJ. He currently oversees the Mid-Atlantic Region which includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, & New York.

Andrew Mason

Northern California Regional Leader

916-230-3695

mason@smallgroupchurches.com

Andrew is the Executive Small Groups Pastor at Real Life Church, a family of churches near Sacramento, CA. Andrew works with SGN members throughout Northern California.

Daniel Thomas

Atlantic Coast Regional Leader

423-534-9321

dthomas@highlandsfellowship.com

Daniel serves as Adult Ministries Director at Highlands Fellowship Church in Abingdon, VA. The Atlantic Coast Region includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Josh Rose

Texas Regional Leader

josh@smallgroupnetwork.com

Josh is the Groups Pastor at The Church on Rush Creek, a multi-site church in the Arlington, Texas area. When he is not supporting the huddle leaders in Texas he can be found watching/yelling at/supporting his favorite soccer team, Manchester United.

Joe Windham

Northwest Regional Leader

406-839-5855

joewindham@gmail.com

Joe is the Pastor of Ministries & Community at Harvest Church in Billings, Mt. Joe's region includes: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, & Wyoming.

Adam Workman

Southern California/Hawaii Regional Leader

410-596-8714

aworkman@sandalschurch.com

Adam is the Small Groups Pastor at Sandals Church in Riverside, CA. He oversees the Southern California/Hawaii Region of the SGN.

Steve Curran

South Region Leader

912-572-5319

scurran@compassionchristian.com

Steve serves as Life Group Pastor at Compassion Christian in Savannah, GA. As husband , father and friend, he is now following his call in Small Group Ministry after a 20 year career in the US Navy. Steve's South Region includes Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Paul Lewis

SouthWest Regional Leader

623-910-0658

plewis@palmvalley.org

Paul serves as the Small Group Pastor at Palm Valley Church in Goodyear (Phoenix), AZ. He helps connect Small Group Point People in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah

Canada Regional Leaders:

Dennis Funk

Eastern Canada Regional Leader

519-660-8465

dennisf@navigators.ca

Dennis serves as the Director of Ministry Resources & Small Groups Network for The Navigators of Canada. He oversees the Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces.

Ryan Brammer

Western Canada Regional Leader

403-851-0011

rbrammer@rockpointe.ca

Ryan is the Small Groups Director at RockPointe Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He oversees SGN activities in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Care Team:

Vinnie Cappetta

Care Team Member

508-353-3486

vinnie@crosscommchurch.org

Vinnie serves as Associate Pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Framingham, Massachusetts. Vinnie is a licensed counselor and serves the SGN through one-on-one pastoral care.

Ron Youtsey

Care Team Member

360-536-0841

ronyoutsey@gmail.com

Ron serves as a Leadership coach/elder at NewLife Church of the Peninsula near Seattle, WA and as a trainer/coach for 2orMore Ministries. He offers one-on-one pastoral care within the SGN.

Mark Mehlig

Care Team Member

636-939-4343

mmehlig@calvaryonline.cc

Mark is the Caring Ministries Pastor at Calvary Church in Saint Peters, Missouri. He has served as the team counselor for the St Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. Mark loves Small Group ministry leaders and would gladly walk with any SGN member through a difficult time.

Communications Team:

Derek Olson

Communications Team Leader

253.886.2014

derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

Derek is a coffee snob from Seattle who is passionate about Biblical community! He first began leading small groups as a youth pastor in 2004 and has had the privilege of doing so ever since in multiple ministry settings around the country. Derek is honored to serve as Communications Team Leader of the Small Group Network

Carolyn Taketa

Group Talk Host

818-575-2238

carolyn@smallgroupnetwork.com

Carolyn is the Executive Director of Small Groups at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. She serves on our Communications Team and is the host of the Group Talk podcasts.

Ben Reed

Author

949-609-8106

ben@smallgroupnetwork.com

Ben is an author, blogger, coach and small group pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Ben is a coffee fanatic!

Cynthia Considine

Pinterest Manager

cynthia@smallgroupnetwork.com

Cynthia has been at Grace Community Church in Fulton for the past 9 years. Her role as the Small Groups Coordinator allows her to utilize her people skills to the fullest! Her main responsibilities are to connect new folks to groups, resource leaders and coaches as well as coordinate trainings and conferences. On a broader capacity, Cynthia is involved with the Small Group Network for the past 8 years and currently serves as the DC/MD Huddle Leader. Cynthia graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Community Health Education. Cynthia lives in Baltimore with her husband Darin and their puggle Hemingway. When not at work Cynthia and Darin enjoy reading, hiking and going on mission’s trips to Uganda.

Matthew Wray

Author & Instagram Manager

502-558-4087

matthew@smallgroupnetwork.com

Matt is the Director of Group Life at Hillside Chapel in New Albany, IN. He is responsible for the Small Group Network Instagram account.

Jason Banzhoff

Facebook Manager

240-520-2557

jason@smallgroupnetwork.com

Jason is the Life Group Department Head for Lifehouse Church in Hagerstown, MD. He has had previous ministry experience in video, production, and social media but found discipleship is what his heart truly desires. Jason is married to his beautiful wife Tirsa, who is a pastor’s daughter from El Salvador.

Andrew Camp

Author

714-328-7145

andrew@smallgroupnetwork.com

“After working as a professional chef for 7 years, Andrew Camp is the spiritual growth pastor at Mountain Life Church in Park City, UT, with a large focus on Life Groups.” He has a Masters in Spiritual Formation & Soul Care from Talbot Seminary. He and his wife, Claire, have lived in the Park City area for three years.

Jon Noto

Author

224-512-1720

jon@smallgroupnetwork.com

Jon Noto is the Community Life Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church’s North Shore campus. He is also a licensed clinical therapist. He enjoys spending time with good friends and his two young boys, Grayson and Asher.

Andrew Mason

Author

916-230-3695

mason@smallgroupchurches.com

Andrew is the Executive Small Groups Pastor at Real Life Church, a family of churches near Sacramento, CA. Andrew works with SGN members throughout Northern California.

Tommy Carreras

Author

tommy.carreras@missionventura.com

Tommy serves at Mission Church in Ventura CA. He directs groups and the new guest connection process, helping people connect with each other and with God.

Danny Bias

Author

858.900.8426

danny@smallgroupnetwork.com

Danny is the Life Groups Connections Director at Newbreak Church in San Diego, CA. Helping new people get connected at Newbreak and into life groups are his passion. His role as Life Groups champion gives him the opportunity to train and develop Life Group staff, coaches, and leaders at all five Newbreak campuses. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married thirteen years and have three boys together, Cash, Colt, and Jase. Danny also loves road cycling and the outdoors.

Beth Stoddard

Author

beth.stoddard@pccwired.net

After more than a decade of leading Worship Arts at Passion Community Church in Virginia, Beth now includes 'Small Group Director' in her staff role. A musician, piano teacher and writer with a background in education, Beth focuses her creative energy on the art of connecting people to God and one another to be transformed by Jesus. A mom of five exceptional young adults, Beth lives in Powhatan, Virginia, with her husband and youngest son.

Ron Wilbur

Author

949-466-6159

ron@smallgroupnetwork.com

Ron is formerly the Pastor of Small Group Health at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Ron co-leads our connections team and leads the international team connecting SGN members outside of North America.

Kiersten Telzerow

Author

kiersten.telzerow@theaterchurch.com

Kiersten Telzerow lives in the Washington, D.C area with her husband, Matt, and their goldendoodle named Luna! Kiersten serves as the Small Group Director at one of the campuses at National Community Church and is a Master of Divinity student at Wesley Seminary through Indiana Wesleyan University. She loves being in community with people and learning about their stories. When Kiersten is not studying, her favorite thing to do is spending time with family and friends, trying new coffees, attending leadership conferences, or reading a new book. She loves all things small groups and believes that we were never meant to exist alone - community is always better!

JW Hilliard

Author & Linkedin Manager

jw@smallgroupnetwork.com

JW serves as the Groups Pastor at Church Alive in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. He is passionate about empowering others to live boldly for Jesus in their personal lives and in biblical community. JW enjoys hiking, coffee, good books, and great conversations. He is blessed to serve Jesus and to share life with his amazing wife Melissa and two awesome sons Cade and Zechariah.

Tracey Ware

Author

tracey@smallgroupnetwork.com

Tracey has a heart and passion for small group ministry which goes back to her teenage years. It was in a small group that she was mentored, challenged and encouraged in her Christian walk. She believes that small groups have amazing (often unleashed) potential to impact not only the local church but our world! ?Tracey is an ordained pastor and has had many years’ experience in small group ministry in both NSW and Victoria – (Australia). She is currently the Pastor for Life Groups at Syndal Baptist Church. She was a guest presenter at the Twelve Conference in April 2015, and also established the first SGN Huddle in Australia in Sept 2015. (Melbourne VIC). Tracey is married to David and has two young adult sons.

JT Black

Author

jtblack@stevenscreekchurch.com

JT Black serves as the Small Groups Pastor at Stevens Creek Church in Augusta, Georgia. In addition to leading Small Groups, he helps guide the church’s outreach efforts in Augusta and the surrounding communities. He is married to his beautiful wife, Brittany, and is a loving father to June and John Bradley.

International Leaders:

Ron Wilbur

International Connection Director

949-466-6159

ron@smallgroupnetwork.com

Ron is formerly the Pastor of Small Group Health at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Ron co-leads our connections team and leads the international team connecting SGN members outside of North America.

Manie Groenewald

Country Leader - South Africa

manie@smallgroupnetwork.com

Manie is a pastor and small group point leader at Moreletapark Church in Pretoria, South Africa. As the Country Leader for South Africa, Manie helps small group point leaders throughout the country start huddles and get connected.

Dan Tupps

Asia Connection Leader

dan@smallgroupnetwork.com

Dan is a former Pastor of Discipleship at a church in Hong Kong. As the Connection Leader for Asia, Dan helps small group point leaders throughout the Asian region of the world start huddles and get connected.

Paul Babiera

Country Leader - Philippines & Associate Asia Connections Leader

paul@smallgroupnetwork.com

Paul serves in many ministries in Saddleback South Manila. He helps small group point leaders in the Philippines get connected through the Small Group Network, and serves with Dan Tupps in connecting and resourcing the Asian region.

Karo Ku

Country Leader - Korea & Associate Asia Connections Leader

714-234-7000

karo@smallgroupnetwork.com

Karo is a first generation Korean American and a small group pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. He serves with Dan Tupps, helping Korean pastors connect and form huddles throughout the Korean speaking world outside the US and Canada.

Tracey Ware

Country Leader - Australia

tracey@smallgroupnetwork.com

Tracey is an ordained pastor who has had many years’ experience in congregational leadership in churches across the states of NSW and Victoria in Australia. She loves ministering in a team environment. She started the first Australian huddle in Melbourne and has been a great encouragement to the Adelaide huddle leader. She has also taught small group ministry modules at Stirling Theological college as well as running small group seminars and training sessions. She has been a member of the SGN since July 2015. Tracey is married to David, has two young adult sons and lives in Melbourne, Australia. In her spare time she enjoys walking, visiting the family beach house, creating her own greeting cards, cooking, reading a good book and creating a blog post for the SGN blog.