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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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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 specific region where they work with their team of area leaders to encourage and support huddles leaders and promote network events in their region. Please email a Regional Leader if you would like to help us serve in a regions as a Huddle leader or Area leader.

Mark Kendall
North Central Regional Leader
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Greg Robins
Central Region Leader
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Brian Beall
Midwest Regional Leader
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Cynthia Considine
Atlantic Coast Regional Leader
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Nick Lenzi
Mid Atlantic Regional Leader
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Heather Lee
Norcal/ NW Regional Leader
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Brian Brunke
South Central 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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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

Carrie Smith
Team Latin America
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David Tamez
Team Latin America
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Will Guzman
Team Latin America
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Tirsa Banzhoff
Team Latin America
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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 manie@smallgroupnetwork.com.

Mannie Groenewald
South Africa Country Leader
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JJ Jackson
Team Africa
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Arnold Kirubi
Team Africa
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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
Australia Country Leader
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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 dan@smallgroupnetwork.com.

Dan Tupps
Asia Connection Leader
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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 derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

Southeast Asia Team
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillippines, Singapore, Thailand, & Vietnam

Thank you for your passion for Southeast 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 derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

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 derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

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 derek@smallgroupnetwork.com

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 derek@smallgroupnetwork.com