Founded by Saddleback Church’s Global Small Group Pastor Steve Gladen, the Small Group Network is an International and Inter-denominational community that “exists to connect personally with and resource strategically Small Group Point People to impact globally to build healthy biblical communities in their local church”. We currently serve ten’s of thousands of small group point people in over 100 different countries.


(949) 609-8536
20532 El Toro Rd #212
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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Steve Gladen

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James Browning
Pastor of Small Group Network Development

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Nely Donis
Small Group Coordinator

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Daniel Thomas

Connections Director



Daniel serves as Executive Pastor at Community Church of Mountain City, TN.  Daniel and his family are on a mission to establish roots within their community, fight for peace and serve well.  He serves as our Connections Director in laying the groundwork for Circles. He loves great coffee and traveling with his wife Tia and two children, Deklan and Aden



Individual Registration – $209.00

Team of 2 Registration (price per person) – $199.00

Team of 3 or more Registration (price per person) – $189.00

*Registration ends on Nov 8th, 2021. Walk-in registrations are not available.

Nely Donis

Small Group Network Coordinator


Nely Donis is a Southern California native. That at the age of 13 her life changed as she accepted Christ in her life.

God has allowed her to evolve in leadership and ministry. As she held positions as Youth and Discipleship Director, Lead Pastor, and currently Local/Global Outreach Coordinator at her local church, Saddleback. In her drive to continue to help the church she was led to pursue her education and obtain a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Throughout her many ministerial experiences she credits the importance and value of her small group community. Understanding the importance of worshiping as one body. Nely is a wife to Joel since 2002. A mother to two children, Jacob age 16 and Zoey age 9.

Andrea Minor

Connections Coordinator



Over 25 years of ministry to small group leaders and staff, and a deep love of her personal small groups led Andrea Minor to SGN to help build and envision leaders and teams to grow and experience life change together. Leadership is Andrea’s first love and watching good leaders become great leaders of small groups ministries is the best part of her job. Serving under Steve and Derek at Saddleback Central is a joy and pleasure and sitting under Rick Warren’s visionary leadership is such a blessing. Andrea has been married to Rex for 37 years and they have 3 married adult children and two darling grandkids.