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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!

Derek Olson
SGN Development & Author
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Jason Banzhoff
Creative Arts Director
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Jon Laster
Social Media Director & Author
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Carolyn Taketa
Director of Podcast Communications
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JT Black
Author
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Sean Buono
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Andrew Camp
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Roger Carr
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Cynthia Considine
Pinterest Manager
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Steve Curran
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Michael Grayston
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David Grigg
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Randy Grimes
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David Holzmann
Twitter Manager
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Veronica Hasbrouck
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Amber Sanders
Facebook Page Manager
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Reid Smith
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Kiersten Telzerow
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Jackie Van Hook
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Tracey Ware
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North Andina Regional Leader

Colombia, Venezuela

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

Do Youl Kim

South Korea Regional Leader

sosan@smallgroupasia.com

To help in this area, please email Do Youl Kim

Do Youl Kim is a church choir member, teaches high school students at Seoul Church, and serves as Elder and the head of the Church school. He was born and raised in a third-generation Christian family and serves as President of Hansung CBMC in Korea. He previously served as a Governor of Rotary club in South Korea as President of Hana Laser.

Caribbean Regional Leader

Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and The Caribbean Islands

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

Guianas Regional Leader

French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

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Brazil Regional Leader

Brazil

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

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Southern Cone Regional Leader

Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

South Andina Regional Leader

Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

Central American Region

Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

Mexico Region

Mexico

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

Western Canada Regional Leader

Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Yukon

philip@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Philip

Tye Male

Central Regional Leader

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

319-899-6084

tye.male@ncbc.church

To help in this area, please email Tye

Tye is the Groups Pastor at New Covenant Bible Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has been overseeing small groups since 2005. It’s his goal that every person is known, encouraged, and challenged in their small group. He also started a small group huddle over 12 years ago that still meets monthly. Tye is married to Judy for 34 years and their four children, three of which are married and one is in pharmacy school. They enjoy time with their four grandchildren as well. Tye is an avid road cyclist and once rode across Iowa (333.8 miles) in under 24 hours. He also enjoys playing jazz (saxophone) in a few bands and his own jazz quartet.

Southeast Region

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee

Ben Benjamin

Europe Director

949-500-1973

ben@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Ben

Ben is a native of Southern California and loves his wife, family, and the ocean. Ben has been blessed with the gift of innovation and the spirit of a connector. He & his wife have been involved with various ministry projects in Germany since 2015 and are passionate about serving the global church. He has a heart for communities seeking healthy relationships with Jesus and is excited to help build & support small group leaders in Europe.

Jeff Sobczak

Mountain Regional Leader

Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

520-471-0414

Jeffsobczak1@gmail.com

To help in this area, please email Jeff

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.

West Africa Regional Leader

Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia

Dharshan Fernando

South Asia Director

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives

(+94)77 7702 115

dharshan@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Dharshan

Pastor Dharshan Fernando has been in full time ministry for over 30 years at People’s Church Assembly of God, Colombo Sri Lanka and currently serves as the Deputy Senior Pastor. Small Groups are synonymous with The People’s Church which has over 700 groups that meet weekly. As a missionary, he has been involved in church planting and missions both locally and overseas. He is also on the Council of Colombo Theological Seminary from where he obtained his Bachelor of Theology and Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. He is married to Deepika who is also a pastor at People’s Church and leads Kidz Klubz - a community based children’s programme for those in the 4-14 window. They have two sons Dhilhan (22) and Dhanuk (20).

Oluwadare (Joseph) Kolawole

West Africa Regional Leader

+234-803-4220-188

darekolawole@me.com

To help in this area, please email Joseph

Joseph Kolawole is the lead pastor of the island branch of Global Harvest Church and also serves as the executive assistant to the senior pastor of Global Harvest Church. He is passionate about serving his gift to ensure that’s God’s people attain their highest potential. He teaches the word with so much clarity and simplicity and this has endeared many of the parishioners to him. In addition to his work as a full time minister of the gospel in the last 13 years, he also sit on the board of a few businesses because of his drive for entrepreneurship. He believes that we as believers should never be trapped by our titles as we give expression to all God has placed in us. His passion for small groups spans from how he was raised spiritually through small groups and intimate fellowship. He’s taught and trained several small group leaders and point persons within the ministry he serves.
He’s married to Opeyemi who is also a co laborer in the work of the ministry and their union is blessed with a son.

Brian Naess

Midwest Regional Leader

Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio

614-580-8990

bnaess@violetbaptistchurch.org

To help in this area, please email Brian

Brian and his wife Sarah have three children (10, 12, and 15). They enjoy day trips, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Brian serves as the small groups pastor at Violet Baptist Church in Pickerington, Ohio. He loves small groups because he enjoys connecting people to community.

Greg Anderson

Southeast Regional Leader

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee

954-556-4298

grega@calvaryftl.org

To help in this area, please email Greg

Greg currently serves as the Pastor of Community Life at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. He and his wife Joannie have been enjoying life together since 1987. While raising three awesome kids, they have been blessed to serve together to support small group ministry in their local churches.  Greg also served in the development of Celebrate Recovery’s national network from 2001 - 2006.  When not hanging out with his grandkids, he most enjoys coaching football and building cool stuff in his garage.

Middle East Director

Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, State of Palestine, Quatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

Western Europe Regional Leader

Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland

ben@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Ben

Northern Europe Regional Leader

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

ben@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Ben

Southern Europe Regional Leader

Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Malta, Macedonia, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain

ben@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Ben

South Asia Director

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives

North Africa Regional Leader

Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Western Sahara

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

Africa Director

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

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Central Africa Regional Leader

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon

steve@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Steve

Clayton Martin

Author

clayton@fcffamily.com

Clayton serves as the Life Groups Pastor of Faith Community Fellowship in Birmingham, AL. In addition, he also serves as the Students Pastor of FCF's newest campus in Springville, AL. Clayton has a passion to see people genuinely fall in love with Christ through fellowship and community with one another. In his experience with students, he loves to invest in the next generation and help them understand God's calling for their lives. Clayton and his wife, McKinley, just had their first daughter in August of 2018 and loving every bit of this new phase of life.

JW Hilliard

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. 

John Mozingo

Mid Atlantic Regional Leader

Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

703-307-1481

John@parkvalleychurch.com

To help in this area, please email John

John Mozingo is the Connect Group Pastor at Park Valley Church in Haymarket, Virginia. He has served for many years as both and educator and pastor in music and discipleship. He possesses a passion for connecting people to the church through small groups and loves coaching other churches to do the same. John lives in Warrenton, Virginia with his wife, Melinda, and their five children.