Small Groups at Willow Chicago


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Groups Kick Off: February 7

Nothing is better than community, especially during increased times of isolation when safe spaces to process, grow, and learn are hard to come by! We believe the intentional relationships you find in a small group are the ideal place to truly belong, celebrate the joys of life, weather the storms together, and become who God made you to be.

Our winter groups kick off February 7. Here's how to get started!

Lead a Group

Do you want to create a space for people to connect and grow? Consider leading a small group for a season! We'll provide all the tips, training, and support you need.

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New Small-Group Leader Training

Welcome! We’re so glad that you’re interested in becoming a Small Group Leader! Groups exist to foster Christ-centered communities, where every person of Willow Creek can belong to a small group and be supported as a follower of Jesus. The Groups team is committed to helping your small group thrive as you live out what we call “The 4 C’s”. We believe a healthy, Christ-centered Small Group thrives when it displays a combination of these 4 components:


In February and March, our entire congregation is joining together to learn and grow through our upcoming series, titled "NEXT"

Once you’ve filled out the Small Group Leader Interest Form and heard back from your Groups Pastor, you can watch these 5 short videos which will equip you to lead a Small Group.

Want to hear more?

You may also listen to this Group Life Podcast called “An Introduction to the 4 C’s of Small Group Leadership” Click here to dig in.

Affinity Groups

Our Community Groups are committed to being:

  • Intentional: Meeting together at least twice a month

  • Relational: A place where you can connect and share with a group of 8-12 people

  • Transformational: Growth in your relationship with God and others through scripture, prayer, sharing and serving

To learn more about Community Life at Willow Chicago email Rick Wood or email the group leader directly.


River North | Sundays 5 p.m. 

Leader: Donna Bernsee ([email protected])


South Loop: Next Level Discipleship | 1st & 3rd Thursdays 6 p.m.

Leader: Valarie Rand ([email protected])


South Loop: Bible Study | Saturdays 10 a.m.

Leader: Shelly Frey ([email protected])


South Loop | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Ticole Miller ([email protected])


South Loop | Saturdays 10 a.m.

Leader: Sha Calhoun ([email protected])


Single Moms | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Marie Sarmiento (s[email protected]), Erin Overly ([email protected])


Oak Park | Tuesday 7 p.m.

Leader: Gwen Watkins ([email protected])


South Loop | Wednesdays 7:15 p.m.

Leader: Dave Spiegler ([email protected])


South Loop: Next Level Discipleship | Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. 

Leader: Jack Spani ([email protected])


Northside | Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.

Leaders: Rick & Karen Wood ([email protected])


Loop | Mondays 7:30 p.m.

Leader: Arda Kohlamian ([email protected])


Global | Sundays 4 p.m.

Leaders: Joey Ford ([email protected]) / Monica Olivo ([email protected])



South Loop | Tuesdays 7 p.m. 

Leaders: Mike ([email protected]) & Kim Gingerich ([email protected])


South Loop | Tuesdays 7 p.m.

Leaders: Dirk & Sherri McCoy ([email protected]), Miriam & Phil Clifford ([email protected])


Streeterville | Wednesdays 7 p.m.

Leaders: Glenn & Cindy Strycker ([email protected])


Young Families | Sundays 8 p.m.

Leaders: Herman & Tiffanie Waterford ([email protected])


Young Families | Thursdays 8 p.m.

Leaders: Joe and Katie Ibatuan ([email protected])


Young Married | Sundays 7 p.m

Leaders: Steven and Tori Kreig ([email protected])





Lakeview: Women | Wednesdays 7 p.m.

Leader: Jen Himes ([email protected])


South Loop: Women | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Caitlyn Stone ([email protected])


West Loop: Co-Ed | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leaders: Daniel Lee, Adriel Fred, Carol Lipari ([email protected])


South Loop: Co-Ed | Saturdays 10 a.m.

Leader: Devin Gatling ([email protected])



Faith & Work: Old Town | Tuesdays 7 p.m.

Leaders: Tonya Rice ([email protected]), Shelly Frey ([email protected])


African Immigrants Couples Group: Rogers Park | 2nd Saturdays 4 p.m.

Leader: Jean Claude Bahanuzi ([email protected])


Running Group | Various times
Leader: Kimberly Frey ([email protected])