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

Steve Gladen

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Derek Olson
SGN Development

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Steve Gladen




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



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

SGN Development



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.