ABOUT

THE STORY: So, I got a call from Bill. He had questions about his small group ministry. Shortly thereafter, I got a call from Sue with similar questions. They were both struggling alone to create a vibrant, authentic small group experience while their churches were only 5 miles apart.

I realized small group leaders needed to connect in a community. They needed a place to get their questions answered. That is when I felt God was leading me to start the Small Group Network.

In 2007 God began connecting me with people who shared the same passion when it comes to leading a Small Group Ministry. People who believed “No One Should Lead Alone.” Soon we had volunteers leaders across North America.

Now, our website is full of helpful resources just waiting for you to dive into. You can get connected with people in your local area through ‘huddles’ where you will be coached and encouraged.

When you attend our Accelerate! conference you learn about the importance of creating a strategy to meet the need of your local church.

SGN is connecting people and churches with a proven system for their small groups so they are better equipped to go out and fulfill the great commission.

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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.

Derek Olson

Small Group Network Development

253.886.2014

derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

Derek loves espresso, the outdoors, building teams & enjoying community with the family of God! He has been active in small group ministry since 2004 & serves as Pastor of Network Development at Saddleback Church.

Jason Banzhoff

Communications Director

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. Jason oversees all social media platforms and graphics for the SGN and produces the Group Talk Podcast

Philip Byers

North America Connections Director

940-453-5779

philip@smallgroupnetwork.com

Philip is the McKinney Campus Pastor at Preston Trail Community Church, suburb 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!

Daniel Thomas

Events Director

423-534-9321

daniel@smallgroupnetwork.com

Daniel serves as the Associate Pastor and Leadership Development at Highlands Fellowship Church in Abington, VA. In addition to his contributions with SGN events, Daniel is the acting Atlantic Coast Regional Leader.

Nick Lenzi

Director of Finance

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 for the SGN as well as serves as Director of Finance

Andrew Mason

Director of Network Partnerships

mason@smallgroupchurches.com

Andrew Mason is the Executive Pastor of Discipleship Communities at Emmanuel, a multi-site church in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He is also Founder of SmallGroupChurches.com, an online community of leaders dedicated to growing churches one small group at a time. Andrew resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife Camille and their two sons.

USA Regional Leaders:

Mark Kendall

North Central Regional 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.

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.

Cynthia Considine

Atlantic Coast Regional Leader

cynthia@smallgroupnetwork.com

Cynthia serves as the Small Groups Coordinator at Grace Community Church in Fulton, Maryland. Cynthia serves the SGN by managing the Pinterest page, leading the Central MD Huddle and serving as the Atlantic Coast Regional Leader supporting the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Cynthia lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband Darin and their puggle Hemingway

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.

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.

Heather Lee

Northern California Regional Leader

heatherlee@crossroadsgrace.org

Heather is the Groups Director at Crossroads Grace Community Church in Manteca, CA. She is passionate about helping other grow and serves on our team as the Northern California Regional Leader. Heather loves coffee, time with friends and going on adventures! She and her husband Seth have two kids, Rudy (11) and Cassie (13); they enjoy being outdoors and making each other laugh.

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

Southeast Regional 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.

Care Team:

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.

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.

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.

Communications Team:

Carolyn Taketa

Group Talk Podcast 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.

Jason Banzhoff

Group Talk Podcast Producer

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.

JW Hilliard

Linkedin Manager & Author

jwhilliard@gmail.com

Passionate about empowering others to live boldly for Jesus through biblical community, JW serves as a Groups Director at Southside Church in Peachtree City, GA. He enjoys hiking, coffee, good books, and great conversations. He's blessed to serve Jesus through the local church and to share life with his amazing wife Melissa and two awesome sons Cade and Zechariah.

Gina Abbas

Facebook Admin & Author

gina@tmh.church

Gina Abbas is a born and raised Southern California girl living with her tribe of 5 on the East Coast. She is author of the book A Woman in Youth Ministry. Gina serves as the Community Life Pastor, overseeing small groups at The Meeting House, a multisite church in South Central Pennsylvania. When she isn’t dreaming about In & Out Burgers she can be found shooting foam finger rockets at her kids and figuring out what’s for dinner. Twitter is her love language. www.shepastors.com @youthleadergina

Amber Adams

Facebook Page Manager

amber@severnrun.com

My name is Amber Adams. I am the Small Groups leader at a church in Maryland. I lead Small Groups because I am passionate about people and seeing them grow. Plus I really believe that life is better connected!

Jon Laster

Twitter Manager

jon@smallgroupnetwork.com

Jon, along with his wife Tina, serve as Ministries Directors at Christ Chapel in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Together they provide oversight and leadership to the leaders and volunteers of several teams, including prayer, small groups, and outreach. Jon is a Real Estate Agent by trade and also leads a SGN Huddle in the Spring Hill area. He is passionate about seeing the impossible come to pass, people walking in forgiveness and becoming more like Jesus. Jon strongly believes in the power of Small Groups and the life changing effect they can have in peoples lives. He is a dedicated Tennessee Titans fan, Nashville Predators fan and music fanatic. Jon and Tina reside in Thompsons Station, TN with their son Cole, daughter Avelyn and beloved french bulldog, Arlo.

Cynthia Considine

Pinterest Manager

cynthia@smallgroupnetwork.com

Cynthia serves as the Small Groups Coordinator at Grace Community Church in Fulton, Maryland. Cynthia serves the SGN by managing the Pinterest page, leading the Central MD Huddle and serving as the Atlantic Coast Regional Leader supporting the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Cynthia lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband Darin and their puggle Hemingway

Matthew Wray

Instagram Manager & Author

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.

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.

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.

Veronica Hasbrouck

Author

vhasbrouck@newbreak.org

Veronica is the life group director at Newbreak church in sunny San Diego. Life Groups, training and connecting people in life groups is her passion! As a true extrovert she gets powered up when people get connected in groups either attending or leading. Her favorite type of life groups are activity groups where people get together doing something they love. The setting allows for very natural and organic conversation about their life. Being Christ followers they begin to talk about how God is working in their life and there you have it! An evangelistic moment! Amazing!

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!

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.

Steve Curran

Author

scurran@compassionchristian.com

Steve is a Retired Navy Chief who has been involved in leading groups for 25 years. He is convinced that groups really do make life better. Every idea or strategy he suggests to other leaders has been beta tested in his own group. He currently serves as the Life Groups Pastor at Compassion Christian Church in Savannah GA.

Michael Grayston

Author

Michael@cpchurch.net

Michael lives in Palm Bay, Florida with his wife and two kids. He serves CenterPointe church as the Next Steps and Multisite Pastor and is pursuing his Ed.D. in Ministry Leadership at Liberty University. Before full-time ministry, Michael spent over 10 years in healthcare leadership.

International Leaders:

Ron Wilbur

International Connections 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 the US and Canada.

Arnold Kirubi

Team Africa

+254720849823

arnoldkirubi@gmail.com

Arnold serves as the Lead Pastor of Beulah Community Church in Kenya, and has led small groups ministry since 2003. He is passionate about helping believers mature in their faith and in their walk with Christ. Arnold will be working with pastors and churches in East Africa to help them develop spiritually healthy small groups.

JJ Jackson

Team Africa

jjjackson@harvest.co.za

JJ is a Steering Elder and Pastor of Small Groups at Harvest Christian Church, a resource Church in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. JJ heads up a Huddle as well as trying to aid as much of South Africa and the country to Share the resource and training to empower Small Group Leaders, and develop the SGN in the regions. He is passionate about sharing what God has taught us to empower the local churches, and align them with the vision of the local church. JJ is also a Coffee snob, surfer and has completed 5 full Ironman races.

Manie Groenewald

South Africa Country Leader

manie@smallgroupnetwork.com

Manie is leading the Lyttelton East Church on the southern side of the capitol, Pretoria, in South Africa. As the Country Leader for South Africa, Manie helps small group point leaders throughout the country to get excited about small group ministry in their respective churches, helps leaders to start new huddles and to get connected to one another for mutual support and sharing from their meaningful experiences around small group ministry.

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.

Tracey Ware

Australia Country Leader

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.

Carrie Smith

Team Latin America

canciondegozo@gmail.com

Carrie is a bilingual missionary who has been serving in Costa Rica for several years. She joined the staff at her church, Vida Abundante Heredia, as Small Group Coordinator in January 2016. In 2018, Carrie helped coordinate a live seminar with Pastor Steve Gladen for pastors all over Costa Rica, and she also attended the 2018 Lobby Gathering. Some of her favorite things are running, hiking, singing, baking, laughing, and Latin America, making her an ideal member of Team Latin America for the Small Group Network.

Jason and Tirsa Banzhoff

Team Latin America

jbanzhoff@lifehousechurch.org

Jason and Tirsa Banzhoff both serve within the Life Group Ministry at Lifehouse Church in Hagerstown, MD. Jason was born and raised in Hagerstown while Tirsa was born and raised as the daughter of a pastor in Lourdes, El Salvador. They were married in 2014. They have a passion to serve their local community as well as internationally with missions, and are a husband and wife team on Team Latin America for the Small Group Network.

David Tamez

Team Latin America

davidt@saddleback.com

David is the Global Coach for Purpose Driven and Saddleback's PEACE Plan, serving Hispanic churches around the world with training, encouragement and resources. David’s extensive experience and relationships in Latin America are helping the Small Group Network in Team Latin America.

Will Guzman

Team Latin America

willg@saddleback.com

Will Guzman is the Associate Pastor of Saddleback en Espanol, a Saddleback Church campus to serve the 1.5 million Hispanics in Orange County, California. Born in Guatemala and raised in Southern California, Will previously served as a staff pastor at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Oahu, Hawaii. He and his wife have three growing young children. Will helps Team Latin America as an advisor and a connection between Saddleback en Espanol and Latin America.