Meet the PDSG Network!

February 25, 2010

Over the next few months this area will be used to introduce you to some of our Network leaders from across North America. The Purpose Driven Small Group Network is composed of leaders from various denominations, locations, and church sizes. The free network exists to connect Small Group Point People so they may encourage each other and share resources.

All of the leaders below were asked the same questions:

  • Name and city or area located?
  • Church?
  • Denomination?
  • Church average weekly attendance?
  • Role at Church?
  • Why are you part of the PDSG Network?

This is just a small representation of our many leaders. We have multiple leaders in almost every state and province. Contact these and other PDSG Network leaders by clicking the CLICK TO JOIN image to the right of this article. Enter “member1” if you are prompted for a password (no space between the word and number and without quotations marks).

ALABAMA

Hamp Greene – Birmingham

Church of the Highlands
Nondenominational
11,000
Small Groups Pastor
We love being able to connect with other churches in sharing our passion for small groups and changed lives.

ARKANSAS

Bob RyanBob Ryan – Rogers
The Church at Pinnacle Hills
Southern Baptist
2000-2500
Minister of Median Adults and Pastoral Care
I desire to see life change in people. Being a part of the Purpose Driven Small Group Network allows us to equip staff and leaders to be more effective at reaching people in their churches.

CALIFORNIA

James GroganJames Grogan – San Diego/Chula Vista
East Lake Church
Executive Teaching Pastor
Nondenominational
5,500
I appreciate the community sharing of ideas and learning from one another.

Ron RoblesRob Robles – South Bay Area/ Los Angeles
Rolling Hills Covenant Church
Director of Small Groups
2,400
Executive Teaching Pastor
I believe PDSGN is an excellent tool for developing true Christian community essential for spiritual health and for including others into the body of Christ.
Carolyn TaketaCarolyn Taketa – West Village CA
Calvary Community Church
Nondenominational
3,500
Small Groups Director
Being with others who are committed to biblical community through small groups has been a wonderful source of encouragement and a useful resource for ministry.

Ed ApplegateEd Applegate – Pacific Area Leader
Crossroads Grace Community Church
Nondenominational
1,400
Pastor of Spiritual Formation
I’m part of the PDSG Network because I serve the kingdom better when I do it with others.

CANADA, ONTARIO

Jeff ChaseJeff Chase – Ontario
The Sanctuary
Equipping Pastor
CNBC
200
To become a growing group of friends, giving ourselves away, to build the kingdom of God.

FLORIDA

Ried SmithReid Smith – Southeast
Christ Fellowship Church
Community Life Pastor
Nondenominational
14,000 onsite + 11,000 online
God has called me to help leaders empower God’s people in mission through small groups.

Shila SchweigertShila Schweigert – Palm Beaches Area
Christ Fellowship Church
Life Groups Area Leader
Nondenominational
13,000
It is a holy & enduring project when those who architect community can unify to build upon the solid foundation of Christ while designing & sharing their individual, unique blueprints for collaborative Kingdom-impact!

Leslie HuntLeslie Hunt – St. Augustine
Anastasia Baptist ChurchAdult
Life Groups and Singles Ministry Associate
Southern Baptist
1,500
To network with other small group leaders and not stand alone in small group ministry.

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson – Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
Nondenominational
23,000
Pastor of Community Groups

Danny BennettDanny Bennett – Central Florida
Calvary Baptist Church
Baptist
2,300
Pastor of Life Development
For the opportunity to learn from others and grow in my area of ministry while developing great friendships.

ILLINOIS

Rex MinorRex Minor – Libertyville
The Chapel
Nondenominational
5500
Director of Transformational Communities
I love to be with other leaders who have a passion for biblical community, spiritual formation, and leadership development in order to learn from each other.

INDIANA

Corine Carr – Muncie
Union Chapel Ministries
United Methodist
Executive Pastor of Programs
1,600
I belong to the Network to stay in tune with what God is doing in small groups across the country, and make sure our church is on the same frequency.

IOWA

Wade Mullen – Waukee
Point of Grace
Nondenominational
1,400
Small Groups Pastor
I am part of the PDSGN because of the immense practical helps available and because of the sense of companionship that comes from being part of a continuum that sees pastors and small group leaders united behind a common vision.

KANSAS

Brian PhippsBrian Phipps – Lenexa
Westside Family Church
Nondenominational
5,100
Grow Pastor
To learn from others, share with others, and be encouraged by others who are leading the charge to bring every believer into community in order to become like Jesus.

KENTUCKY

Robert FranklinRobert Franklin – Louisville
Main Street Church
Nondenominational
600
Senior Pastor
I am part of the Network in order to help and be helped, to encourage and be encouraged, to learn how to make small groups part of our lifeblood.

LOUISIANA

Jonathan Moore – Lafayette
East Bayou Baptist Church
Southern Baptist
2,200
Adult Pastor
To serve alongside and grow with other area small group ministry leaders.

MAINE

Jean Marie HendersonJean Henderson – Bath
The Salvation Army
Salvationist
45
Captain/Corps Commanding Officer/Pastor
I am part of the PDSGN because I believe it is the best tool for the future expansion of God’s kingdom work.

MARYLAND

Michael MooreMichael Moore – Howard County Maryland/D.C. Area
Grace Community Church
Pastor of Small Groups
Nondenominational
3000
I am a better ministry leader because of the support, resources, and encouragement I receive from members of this Network.

MASSACHUSSETTS

Vinnie CappettaVinnie Cappetta – Framingham
Crossroads Community Church
Nondenominational
150
Family Life Pastor
Because I believe we are better together. I don’t have all the answers and I need to hear from my brothers and sisters in other churches. Their input stretches my brain, enlarges my faith, and helps me to be a better leader in my church.

MICHIGAN

Ron WrightsonRon Wrightson – Canton/Lansing Area
Lifechurch
Evangelical Covenant Church
900
Pastor of Small Groups and Connections
I have a passion for groups and promoting them.

MINNESOTA

Jim BusscherJim Busscher – Twin Cities Area
Hosanna! Lutheran Church
Lutheran
4,000
Pastor of Small Groups
Connecting people into helpful communities is a great way to keep growing in Christ.

MISSISSIPPI

mike-mayMike May – Brandon
First Baptist Church
Southern Baptist
1,100
Pastor of Small Groups
It’s a great way to connect, get ideas, and encouarge one another in His kingdom service!

MISSOURI

greig-gladenGreig Gladen – St. Peters
Calvary Church
E-Free
3,000
Growth Group Leader – West Campus
Build friendships with people of like passions and share ideas to grow the ministry of growing people.

NEBRASKA

jay-daniellJay Daniell – Norfolk
Our Savior Lutheran
Lutheran
650
Small Group Ministry Director
I have felt the loneliness of Small Group Ministry and I will do my best…so that nobody stands alone.

NEVADA

Ian KirkIan Kirk – Las Vegas
Canyon Ridge Christian Church
Christian Church
5,859
Pastor/Director of Groups Ministry
I believe we were created by Community for community and the PDSGN helps me reach others with my passion for the need of community to help people grow spiritually.

NORTH DAKOTA

Vicki GrahamVicki Graham – Bismark
Evangel Assembly of God
Assemblies of God
800
Ministry Development
This is a great way to network with others by building relationships, giving/receiving encouragement, gaining new insight from others, and strengthening our prayer support.

SOUTH CAROLINA

allen-whiteAllen White – Simpsonville
Brookwood Church
Southern Baptist
6,500
Discipleship Pastor
I am part of the PDSG Network because I don’t know everything (and neither do you, but all of us is smarter than any of us.

TENNESSEE

Eddie MosleyEddie Mosley – Smyrna/Nashville
LifePoint Church
Southern Baptist
3,000
Executive Director of Group Life
Ministry can be a lonely place.  It is easy to get tunnel vision in your office/ministry and not continually be encouraged or stretched in your learning.  The PDSG Network does both of these for me by connecting me with many SG Point People and various practices.

TEXAS

david-hullDavid Hull – High Plains Area
Woodlands Church
Southern Baptist
16,000
Small Groups Pastor
To connect, build relationships, and learn from other Small Group Leaders in our community, state, and across the Network.

kris-collinsKris Collins – High Plains Area
Hillside Christian Church
Nondenominational
5000
Support Groups Associate
Networking with other churches about small groups is a great way to learn new things, gain new insights and share ideas. Plus, it’s fun to get to know them and be able to talk shop together!


randy-millerRandy Miller – Dallas/Fort Worth

NorthWood Church
Baptist
2,300
Pastor of Discipleship
I am purposed to build community that leads to God being magnified, and equipping people and churches to do this is my passion.

Naki TheoNaki Theo – Gulf Coast Area
Lakewood Church
Independent
35,000
Director of Life Groups
To be able to interact with other small group leaders in my area.

UTAH

jim-timmelJim Timmel – Draper
South Mountain Church
Nondenominational
1,600 on three campuses
Home Groups Pastor
At SMCC, we really believe that God wired us to live out His purposes for us in community. As small group point people, we all need help toward that goal. I am available to help and be helped.

VERMONT

larry-wakefieldLarry Wakefield – Essex Junction
Essex Alliance Church
Christian and Missionary Alliance
1,750
Pastor of Adult Discipleship Ministries
It is absolutely vital that those who oversee small group ministries receive energy, encouragement, comfort, ides, etc., from others doing like ministry.

VIRGINIA

Matthew-McDonaldMatthew McDonald – Stafford
Mount Ararat Church
Southern Baptist
1,200
Pastor for Adult Ministries
The main reason is for the support/encouragement/wisdom of others who serve in group ministry.

WISCONSIN

eileen-falkeyEileen Falkey – Oak Creek
Parkway Church
United Pentecostal
800
Small Group Administrator
Networking with fellow small groupies provides me with invaluable insights and ideas on how to improve our small groups, especially those in my own community.

WYOMING

cindy-burlesonCindy Burleson – Gillette
High Plains Community Church
Evangelical of North America
450
Small Groups Director
The Network is a great way to connect with other leaders, share ideas, and support one another.

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