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Lead Team

Our Lead Team of Directors each oversee an integral part of the Small Group Network. If you are interested in joining our leadership team to serve in any of these ministry areas, please email a director.

Steve Gladen
FOUNDER
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Derek Olson
SGN Development
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Carolyn Taketa
Director of Podcast Communications
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Hector Paredes
Latin America Director
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Jason Banzhoff
Creative Arts Director
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Jon Laster
Social Media Director
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Daniel Thomas
Events Director
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Philip Byers
North America Connections Director
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Nick Lenzi
Finance Director
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Care Team

Our Care team members are all pastors with decades of experience serving in ministry. They exist to encourage support and pray for small group point people. Feel free to call or email them if you need support, prayer, or wisdom.

Mark Mehlig
Care Team Member
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Ron Youtsey
Care Team Member
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Vinnie Cappetta
Care Team Member
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Communications Team

Our Communication Team consists of all our Bloggers and Social Media Managers. Email derek@smallgroupnetwork.com if you are interested in joining this team!

JW Hilliard
Author
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Amber Sanders
Facebook Page Manager
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Cynthia Considine
Pinterest Manager
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Matthew Wray
Instagram Manager
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Andrew Camp
Author
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Veronica Hasbrouck
Author
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Danny Bias
Author
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Kiersten Telzerow
Author
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JT Black
Author
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Tracey Ware
Author
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Roger Carr
Author
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Michael Grayston
Author
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Reid Smith
Author
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Derek Olson
SGN Development & Author
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Jon Laster
Social Media Director & Author
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Carolyn Taketa
Director of Podcast Communications
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Jason Banzhoff
Creative Arts Director
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Clayton Martin
Author
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David Grigg
Author
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North America Team
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, THE BAHAMAS, BARBADOS, CANADA, DOMINICA, GRENADA, GUIANA, JAMAICA, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, ST. KITTS & NEVIS, ST. LUCIA, ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES, SURINAME, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, & THE UNITED STATES

Our Regional Leaders each oversee a grouping of states where they work with, encourage and support our huddles leaders and promote network events in their region. To help us serve on this team, email philip@smallgroupnetwork.com

Philip Byers
North America Director
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Kiersten Telzerow
North East Regional Leader
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Cynthia Considine
Mid Atlantic Regional Leader
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Southeast Region

Brian Beall
Midwest Regional Leader
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Brian Brunke
South Central Regional Leader
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Central Region

Mark Kendall
North Central Regional Leader
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Jeff Sobczak
Mountain Regional Leader
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Heather Lee
Norcal/ NW Regional Leader
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Adam Workman
SoCal/ Hawaii Regional Leader
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Dennis Funk
Eastern Canada Regional Leader
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Western Canada Region

Latin America Team
ARGENTINA, BELIZE, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CHILE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, CUBA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, HONDURAS, MEXICO, NICARAGUA, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PERU, PUERTO RICO, URUGUAY, & VENEZUELA

Our Latin America team exists to connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in Latin America! Please visit & share our new website https://reddegrupospequenos.com with your Spanish-speaking ministry friends, pastors & small group point people. To help us translate resources, email hector@smallgroupnetwork.com

Hector Paredes
Latin America Director
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Mauricio A Rojas
Associate Latin America Director
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Mexico Regional Leader

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Central America Regional Leader

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North Andina Regional Leader

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South Andina Regional Leader

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Southern Cone Regional Leader

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Brazil Regional Leader

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Guianas Regional Leader

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Caribbean Regional Leader

Africa Team
ALGERIA, ANGOLA, BENIN, BOTSWANA, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CAPE VERDE, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, COMOROS, CONGO, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, DJBOUTI, EGYPT, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GABON, THE GAMBIA, GHANA, GUINEA, GUINEA-BISSAU, KENYA, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, LIBYA, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MALI, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, MOROCCO, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NIGER, NIGERIA, RWANDA, SÃO TOMÉ AND PRINCIPE, SENEGAL, SEYCHELLES, SIERRA LEONE, SOMALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SUDAN, SOUTH SUDAN, SWAZILAND, TANZANIA, TOGO, TUNISIA, UGANDA, ZAMBIA, & ZIMBABWE

Our Africa team exists to connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in Africa. To help us serve on this continent, email steve@smallgroupnetwork.com.

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Africa Director

Manie Groenewald
Southern Africa Regional Leader
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Arnold Kirubi
East Africa Regional Leader
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West Africa Regional Leader

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North Africa Regional Leader

JJ Jackson
Team Africa
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Central Africa Regional Leader

Oceania Team
AUSTRALIA, FIJI, KIRIBATI, MARSHALL ISLANDS, MICRONESIA, NAURU, NEW ZEALAND, PALAU, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, SAMOA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, TUVALU, TONGA, & VANUATU

Our Oceania team exists to connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in Oceania. To help us serve this region, email tracey@smallgroupnetwork.com.

Tracey Ware
Oceania Director
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South Asia Team
BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, INDIA, MALDIVES, NEPAL, PAKISTAN, & SRI LANKA

Our South Asia team exists to connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in Asia. To help us serve on this continent, email steve@smallgroupnetwork.com.

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East Asia Team
CHINA, JAPAN, NORTH KOREA, SOUTH KOREA, MONGOLIA, & TAIWAN

Thank you for your passion for East Asia! Although we do not have any specific leaders yet to oversee this region, we are praying that God would send them so we can connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in this region! If you are interested in helping us to impact this area for Christ, please email ctpintl@gmail.com.

Sean Lee
East Asia Director
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SouthEast Asia Team
BRUNEI, CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, LAOS, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PHILLIPPINES, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, & VIETNAM

Thank you for your passion for South East Asia! Although we do not have any specific leaders yet to oversee this region, we are praying that God would send them so we can connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in this region! If you are interested in helping us to impact this area for Christ, please email mpangdanielst@yahoo.com

Daniel Ang
Southeast Director
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Dan Gunadi
Southern Regional Leader
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Peter Mang
Northern Regional Leader
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Eurasia Team
Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Tukmenistan, Turkey, & Uzbekistan

Thank you for your passion for Eurasia! Although we do not have any specific leaders yet to oversee this region, we are praying that God would send them so we can connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in this region! If you are interested in helping us to impact this area for Christ, please email mpage@southside.org

Matt Page
Eurasia Director
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Europe Team
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, & Yugoslavia

Thank you for your passion for Europe! Although we do not have any specific leaders yet to oversee this region, we are praying that God would send them so we can connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in this region! If you are interested in helping us to impact this area for Christ, please email steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

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Europe Director

Tihomir Tenev
Eastern Europe Regional Leader
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Southern Europe Regional Leader

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Northern Europe Regional Leader

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Western Europe Regional Leader

Middle East Team
Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, & Yemen

Thank you for your passion for the Middle East! Although we do not have any specific leaders yet to oversee this region, we are praying that God would send them so we can connect with, encourage & support the hundreds of thousands of small group point people & ministry leaders in this region! If you are interested in helping us to impact this area for Christ, please email steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

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Peter Mang

Northern Regional Leader

peter@petermang.com

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Tihomir Tenev

Eastern Europe Regional Leader

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia

tihomir@dovebulgaria.org

Tihomir Tenev was born and grew up in a pastors’ family. He graduated Bible collage in 1991 in England after which he joined a team in Bulgaria for a mass evangelism. In 1993 he started his ministry as a pastor in his native city – Sliven. In 1995 for the first time he heard about the cell church structure through small groups ministry and recognizes it as the strategy God gives for the church today. Tihomir's heart is to see the Church of Christ today strong and functioning in its full potential. He believes that a healthy church should be growing fathers and disciples who make other disciples and through whom the next generation will be able to receive at least a double portion. Tihomir also serves as Eastern Europe Regional Leader for the Small Group Network and he has started a movement of small groups all over Bulgaria with the heart of planting more and more churches through fathering and making disciples through the life of small groups ministry!

Matt Page

Eurasia Director

mpage@southside.org

To help in this area, please email Matt

Matt has served the local church through Family Ministries, Global and Domestic Missions, and Small Groups since 2003. Currently he serves as the Groups Director / Pastor at Southside Church. His family has lived in Kentucky, Delaware, Ohio and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. One of the most influential moments in Matt’s life was his first mission trip, which was to Ivanovo Russia, where he fell in love with the people and culture of Russia. Recently he enjoyed spending time in Kyrgyzstan supporting local leaders who run a rehabilitation center. His passions in ministry are seen most clearly in discipleship and global ministry. He enjoys spending time with his wife Jazz and son Jude, exploring their city and trying new restaurants.

Dan Gunadi

Southern Regional Leader

Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore

dang@saddlebackvolunteer.com

Daniel Gunadi came to the US when he was 14 years old. He now lives in California with his wife, Win, and two sons and actively serves the Lord.
Dan is a Christian entrepreneur and serves as managing partners in several global companies, including a Founding Partner of the John Maxwell Team – an elite, global community of certified coaches, trainers, and speakers. Dan also founded the Accelerated US Relocation Services – an international educational company focus on providing immigrants with legal paths to US citizenship. Dan also involved actively with Global Impact Alliance, Inc. – an innovative technology company headquartered in Southern California. Dan serves as a Board member for Future Business Leaders of America - a non-profit educational association for middle school, high school, and collegiate students who are interested in developing their leadership skills, learning more about the free enterprise system and giving back to the community. Dan is currently serving as a Ministry (301) Champion and Small Group Community Leader at Saddleback Church.

Daniel Ang

SouthEast Director

Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillippines, Singapore

angdanielst@gmail.com

To help in this area, please email Daniel

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Sean Lee

East Asia Director

China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan

ctpintl@gmail.com

To help in this area, please email Sean

Sean Lee, PH.D & MBA, has over 25 years’ experience specializing in global strategy and management, board advisement and C-level executive roles for multinational business enterprise, tech ventures and startups. He has been making devotional efforts to integrate Christian faith into business and work disciplines and for Great commissions. He has been making devotional efforts to integrate Christian faith into business and work disciplines and for Great commissions. He organized international seminars and business missions by working with missionaries around the world including Russia and Indonesia, China, Vietnam and Turkey, served a church mission committee developing policies and procedures and bi-annual mission conventions to mobilize Christian missions, participated in global leadership training of Global PEACE program at Saddleback church, served as a board member of Faith and Worklife, and has advised and mentored to MBA and business school program at Crowell school of Business of Biol University

JJ Jackson

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.

Arnold Kirubi

Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda

+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. 

Manie Groenewald

Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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. 

Mauricio A Rojas

Associate Latin America Director

mauricio@smallgroupnetwork.com

Mauricio A Rojas Mauricio lives in Costa Rica and is a member of the Saddleback Church online community.   His passion is to serve God by supporting and equipping Pastors and Small Group Leaders in Latin America with the tools and training that will allow them to develop healthier Small Groups while growing numerically.  He truly believes that Small Groups can make an impact in peoples lives, engaging them into a more profound relationship with God.  For over 4 years now, Mauricio and his wife have opened their home to host and lead a married couples Small Group.  Mauricio loves new technologies, but more importantly, he enjoys time with family and friends.  He and his wife Susy have two children, Marissa (13) and Isabella (11); they enjoy being outdoors and going out to dinners as a family.

Hector Paredes

hector@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Hector

From Southern California where he serves as a Small Group Host at Saddleback Church, Hector serves as our Global Connections Director overseeing our international teams in Africa, Australia, Latin America and more. He and his team will begin with gathering and translating small group resources so that the pastors & small group point people are able to use effectively in Latin America. Hector has also volunteered in many capacities, and has led, hosted, or coached small groups since he was 17, in addition to leading mission trips outside the U.SA. His passions are Christ, his family, discipling new believers and equipping leaders, and a good cup of coffee. He is a world traveller, enjoys sailing hiking and skiing. Hector married his beautiful wife, Olina, and they have two small children, Tiago and Amelie.

Dennis Funk

Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec

519-660-8465

dennissf@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.

Adam Workman

Hawaii, Southern California

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.

Brian Brunke

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

brian.brunke@parkwayfellowship.com

Brian serves as an Operations Pastor for Small Groups at Parkway Fellowship Church, TX and an adjunct professor at the Bible Seminary in Katy, TX. As the South-Central Region Leader, he serves Texas and Louisiana state area. In his spare time, Brian enjoysspending time with his wife and three daugthers, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors hunting and fishing.

Heather Lee

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

heatherlee@crosseroadsgrace.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.

Brian Beall

Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio

260-341-3938

brianb@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.

Greg Robins

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.

Mark Kendall

Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

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.

Philip Byers

940-453-5779

philip@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Philip

Philip is the Executive Pastor at Historic church in Dallas, Texas where he pastors the small group ministry. 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! 

Tracey Ware

Australia, East Timor, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

tracey@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Tracey

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. 

Jeff Sobczak

Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

520-471-0414

Jeffsobczak1@gmail.com

Jeff and his wife Tracy have a daughter Christy and son-in-law Kyle and 3 grandchildren; Cruz (4), Knox (2) and newborn Kinsley (6-4-19). Their adult son Brandon entered heaven in November 2013 (He died from a deadly infection). Jeff has served as the small group point person/small group pastor at 2 churches in Tucson, Arizona. He has a Master of Ministry Leadership Degree from Rockbridge University. Jeff is also a Michigan State graduate; Tracy and he are avid Spartan basketball and football fans.

Kiersten Telzerow

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C.

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! 

Cynthia Considine

Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

301-520-7725

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.