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THE SMALL GROUP NETWORK IS BLESSED TO HAVE A LEADERSHIP TEAM MADE UP OF OVER FORTY VOLUNTEERS WHO HELP US TO FULFILL OUR MISSION OF CONNECTING WITH AND EQUIPPING SMALL GROUP POINT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD IN BUILDING HEALTHY BIBLICAL COMMUNITIES IN THEIR LOCAL CHURCHES! WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!

PODCASTING TEAM

Get equipped and inspired by joining the thousands of other small group point people who have subscribed to “Group Talk.” 1 podcast featuring 4 unique shows! Find it on Apple, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or iHeartRadio

Carolyn Taketa
“Here to There” Host

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Steve Gladen
“Inside Saddleback” Host

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Nick Lenzi
“Reading Lenz” Host

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Bill Search
“Leadership Journey” Host

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Jason Banzhoff
Creative Arts Director

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Derek Olson
“Inside Saddleback” Co-Host

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BLOGGING TEAM

Our team of bloggers write some of the most insightful small group content and serve on the frontlines of small group ministry in their local churches. Enjoy their writings found on our blog page

Sean Buono
Newsletter Editor & Author

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Kiersten Telzerow
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JT Black
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Andrew Camp
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Roger Carr
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Peter Clow
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Steve Curran
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Peter Englert
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David Grigg
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Randy Grimes
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Veronica Hasbrouck
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John Hunt
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Reid Smith
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Jackie Van Hook
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Tracey Ware
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SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

Our team of social media managers share our daily resources with the small group network community and serve on the frontlines of small group ministry in their local churches.

Jon Laster
Social Media Director & Author

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Jaimie Bowman
LinkedIn Manager

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Cynthia Considine
Pinterest Manager

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David Holzmann
Twitter Manager

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Amber Sanders
Facebook Page Manager

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Matthew Wray
Facebook Group Admin

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Nick Lenzi

Director of Partner Advancement

724-331-7727

nick@smallgroupnetwork.com

Nick is our Director of Partner Advancement. He and his team prayerfully plan and strategize on how to grow the small group network budget so that we can extend our reach around the world in equipping and resourcing small group point people, pastors & leaders in fulfilling the great commission. Nick is also the Dinner Group Director at Hoboken Grace Community Church in Hoboken, NJ.

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.

Matthew Wray

Facebook Group Admin & Instagram Manager

502-558-4087

mwray29@gmail.com

Matt is the Director of Group Life at Hillside Chapel in New Albany, IN. He is responsible for the Small Group Network Instagram account.

Tracey Ware

Oceania Director

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

+043-5531-523

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. 

Peter Englert

Author

607 222 0699

peter@browncroft.org

Peter Englert serves as the Adult Ministries Director at Browncroft Community Church in Rochester, NY. He is married to his wife Robyn and they have a daughter, Hayley. He loves the New York Yankees, New York Jets, Brooklyn Nets, and Buffalo Sabres. You can find Peter reading a good book or enjoying a great cup of coffee. He has a passion for seeing small groups experiencing the gospel in everyday life.

Bill Search

"Leadership Journey" Host

916 500 8688

bill@smallgroupnetwork.com

Bill is a coffee connoisseur, loves music, movies, and books. He enjoys woodworking and home remodeling. During his college years, he taught horsemanship at a summer camp. Bill and his wife, Karyn, love visiting National Parks.
Bill has written the following books which we pray will help your church and your Small Group ministry: Simple Small GroupsThe Essential Guide for Small Group Leaders, and his most recent book Vibrant Small Groups: A 5-Step Process to Create a Ministry That Fits Your Church.

Jaimie Bowman

LinkedIn Manager

925 434 7160

jaimie@opccag.org

Jaimie Bowman was raised in the ministry and finds her joy and passion in serving Jesus. Jaimie and her husband Martin are Southern California natives who now live in the Bay Area with their two sons. They work in ministry together at their church, where he is the Worship Pastor, and she is the Community & Connections Pastor, overseeing small groups. Jaimie is a frequent speaker and author of the book “Breathe: 31 Moments with God {for Moms}.” Jaimie loves to help leaders become more effective and looks forward to serving the Small Group Network!  (She also loves coffee, visiting alpaca farms, taking photos of abandoned buildings, and exploring old cemeteries, but that might be a bio for a different group!).

Josh Hunt

Author

575.650.4564

josh@joshhunt.com

Josh Hunt enjoys teaching and pastoring the people of Salem Baptist Church--a church so small it could be called a small group. He also writes Small Group Bible Study Lessons called Good Questions Have Groups Talking. He lives in Las Cruces, NM and enjoys hiking in the nearby mountains.

Cynthia Considine

Pinterest Manager & New Huddle Specialist

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

Peter Clow

Author

603-361-4167

sinswashed@gmail.com

Peter lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three kids. Peter has served as the Discipleship Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church since 2014, overseeing the small group ministry. He is also an Air Force veteran who works for a leading defense and aerospace company. Peter is passionate about preaching and teaching God’s Word and helping to connect people in small groups. He believes spiritual transformation happens through Biblical community. When not studying leadership or reading a book, you will find him coaching one of his kid's sports teams.

Randy Grimes

Author

(541) 430-2350

randygrimes.realtor@yahoo.com

Randy has been in small groups for over 35 years so it was just natural for him to focus his doctorate research project on how small groups are the “green-house” for spiritual growth. Randy loves small groups because during the lowest point in his life, his small group encouraged him and daily prayed for him. He also enjoys writing small group curriculum that focuses on boldly living your faith between the Sundays.

Kiersten Telzerow

North America Associate Director & Northeast Regional Leader

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

724-216-3008

kiersten@smallgroupnetwork.com

To help in this area, please email Kiersten

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! 

Jackie Van Hook

Author

jackie@thechapel.org

Jackie Van Hook lives in Wayne, NJ with her husband, Dave, and their children, Mackenzie and David.  Jackie currently is an intern for The Chapel's Adult Discipleship Ministry.  She & her husband are actively involved with the Small Group ministry, serving as both Small Group leaders and Small Group shepherds.  Jackie is also involved with the Chapel Women's ministry.   Some of her favorite ways to spend her time include:  spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and reading.  She is passionate about small groups and getting people connected.

Sean Buono

Author

seanbuono@gmail.com

Sean lives to teach for the Kingdom of God. Currently serving as Life Group Director at Community Christian Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan, he has previously served in other ministry roles, including small group leader, men's ministry leader, youth minister, and youth pastor. He not only believes that transformation occurs through the context of relationships, but also that small groups are the perfect environment for such growth. When not studying or working, Sean enjoys time with family, building a challenging jigsaw puzzle, or watching a classic Britcom. One of the ways he helps equip other ministry leaders is through his writings, found at seanbuono.com

Steve Curran

Author

912-572-5319

scurran@compassionchristian.com

Steve’s life is driven by the desire to help leaders be legendary. He developed leaders for 23 years in the US Navy and now serves as the East Campus Community Pastor at Compassion Christian Church in Savannah GA. He believes that people can come to church, learn the right things to say, and completely miss out on a relationship with Jesus … until they connect into a small group. He is passionate about reaching these people because he was one of them. He loves Jesus, his wife, his kids and the Philadelphia Eagles!

David Holzmann

Twitter Manager

dholzmann@erbc.ca

David Serves as the Adult Group Life Associate at Ellerslie Road Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta. Up in the Great White Canadian North. He provides Leadership to Small Groups, Semester Groups, Young Adults, Social Media and Production Teams. He is a member of the Edmonton Area SGN Huddle. David is Passionate about Connecting people into relationship with one another, and into communities and teams. He believes in the life changing power of a strong authentic community of believers. David and his Wife Madi enjoy trying as many new restaurants as they can, and when not hitting up the latest spot David Enjoys Long-boarding and Boards Games.

Carolyn Taketa

Director of Podcast Communications

818-575-2238

carolyn@smallgroupnetwork.com

Carolyn is the Executive Director of Small Groups at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. She serves on our Leadership Team and is the host of the Group Talk podcasts.

Reid Smith

Communities of Purpose Director

971-506-1556

reid@smallgroupnetwork.com

Living in Florida where he serves as Pastor of Groups at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach County, FL, Reid is our Communities of Purpose "C.O.P." Director. He will be leading this forum for small group point people who have read the book or attended one of our “Accelerate!” small group workshops to receive exclusive resources, ask questions, to discuss and share their learnings with others. He has also been equipping leaders in churches of all sizes and stages of growth for effective disciple-making since 1996. Reid has been a contributing author for Christianity Today’s smallgroups.com, LifeWay’s Ministry Grid, and he developed small group training for the North American Mission Board’s Send Network. One of the ways he expresses his love for helping leaders start and multiply healthy groups throughout their churches is through www.reidsmith.org

Amber Sanders

Facebook Page Manager

amber@severnrun.com

My name is Amber Adams. I am the Small Groups leader at a church in Maryland. I lead Small Groups because I am passionate about people and seeing them grow. Plus I really believe that life is better connected!

Veronica Hasbrouck

Author

vhasbrouck@newbreak.org

Veronica is the life group director at Newbreak church in sunny San Diego. Life Groups, training and connecting people in life groups is her passion! As a true extrovert she gets powered up when people get connected in groups either attending or leading. Her favorite type of life groups are activity groups where people get together doing something they love. The setting allows for very natural and organic conversation about their life. Being Christ followers they begin to talk about how God is working in their life and there you have it! An evangelistic moment! Amazing! 

David Grigg

Author

dgrigg@alcpnw.com

David Grigg serves as the Pastor of Groups at Abundant Life Church in Happy Valley, OR. He, his wife and their two young children absolutely love enjoying the Portland area together through hiking and supporting their local soccer teams. David’s journey of faith centered around seeking a community in which he truly belonged. For that reason, he loves playing a role in helping others find authentic community where they can grow closer to Jesus and others. David has a particular passion for finding out-of-the-box solutions so that everyone who wants to find a group has a way to connect.

Michael Grayston

Author

michael.grayston@nextlevel.church

Michael lives in the Boston area with his wife and two kids. He serves Next Level church as the Location (Campus) Pastor and is pursuing his Ed.D. in Ministry Leadership at Liberty University. Before full-time ministry, Michael spent over 10 years in healthcare leadership.

Roger Carr

Author

roger@smallgroupinternational.com

Roger Carr lives in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife Kim. They have been married for over 35 years and have a son who is enjoying life in Minneapolis. Roger is an engineer by day and small group advocate by night. He supports the small group ministry at Lifepoint Church through leading, coaching, and writing. He is also the blogger behind SmallGroupInternational.com.

Andrew Camp

Author

714-328-7145

andrew@mountainlife.org

Andrew Camp has an MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot Seminary. He is also a professionally trained chef, most recently as the sous chef at Silver Restaurant in Park City, UT until it closed in 2015. Since then, he has served as the Spiritual Growth Pastor at Mountain Life Church in Park City. He and his wife, Claire, live just outside of Park City with their two young daughters, Hazelle and Hannah.

JT Black

Author

jtblack@stevenscreekchurch.com

JT Black serves as the Small Groups Pastor at Stevens Creek Church in Augusta, Georgia. In addition to leading Small Groups, he helps guide the church’s outreach efforts in Augusta and the surrounding communities. He is married to his beautiful wife, Brittany, and is a loving father to June and John Bradley. 

Jon Laster

Social Media Director

615-948-5062

jon@smallgroupnetwork.com

Jon, along with his wife Tina, serve as Ministries Directors at Christ Chapel in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Together they provide oversight and leadership to the leaders and volunteers of several teams, including prayer, small groups, and outreach. Jon is a Real Estate Agent by trade and also leads a SGN Huddle in the Spring Hill area. He is passionate about seeing the impossible come to pass, people walking in forgiveness and becoming more like Jesus. Jon strongly believes in the power of Small Groups and the life changing effect they can have in peoples lives. He is a dedicated Tennessee Titans fan, Nashville Predators fan and music fanatic. Jon and Tina reside in Thompsons Station, TN with their son Cole, daughter Avelyn and beloved french bulldog, Arlo.

Jason Banzhoff

Creative Arts Director

240-520-2557

jason@smallgroupnetwork.com

Jason is our Communications Director who produces our Group Talk podcast and oversees our graphic design and social media teams. He is also the Life Group Director of Lifehouse Church in Hagerstown, MD. He has had previous ministry experience in video, production, and social media but found discipleship is what his heart truly desires. Jason is married to his beautiful wife Tirsa, who is a pastor’s daughter from El Salvador. 

Derek Olson

SGN Development

253-886-2014

derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

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.