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ABOUT SMALL GROUP NETWORK

ABOUT US

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.

CONTACT US

info@smallgroupnetwork.com
(949) 609-8536
20532 El Toro Rd #212
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Steve Gladen
Founder

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James Browning
Pastor of Small Group Network Development

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Nely Donis
Small Group Network Coordinator

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Nely Donis

Small Group Network Coordinator

nely@smallgroupnetwork.com

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.

James Browning

Pastor of Small Group Network Development

562.448.2535

james@smallgroupnetwork.com

James has been leading small groups for over ten years & recently came from Harper Collins Christian Publishing where he led marketing for Spanish language Bibles, academic, and reference books. He has an MDiv from Talbot School of Theology and is married to Hannah Browning. They have two daughters: Eliza age 5 and Eleanor age 3.

Steve Gladen

FOUNDER

949-836-6052

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

Steve is the 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.

Andrea Minor

Connections Coordinator

949-609-8530

andream@saddleback.com

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.

Derek Olson

Communications Director

253-886-2014

derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

Derek loves coffee, photography and being in the outdoors. He has been actively involved in building community and leading small groups for over 15 years.