Community Groups at Willow Chicago

Find your circle in the city.

Select a Willow Creek Location

At Willow Chicago, we believe that true spiritual growth happens best in environments of authentic community, and that Community Groups are the best places to discover such environments — spaces designed to help you truly connect with others and grow in your faith.

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])

Study topic: Various


South Loop (at Willow Chicago): Next Level Discipleship | 1st & 3rd Thursdays 6 p.m.

Leader: Valarie Rand ([email protected])

Study topic: The Epistles of John


South Loop (at Willow Chicago): Bible Study | Bi-Weekly Saturdays 10 a.m.

Leader: Shelly Frey ([email protected])

Study topic: Romans / Kings


South Loop | Mondays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Ticole Miller ([email protected])

Study topic: The Book of Luke 


South Loop (at Willow Chicago) | 2nd & 4th Saturdays

2nd Saturday 9:30am-12pm: Karen Porter ([email protected])
4th Saturday 10am-12pm: Sha Calhoun ([email protected])

Study topic: Investing in Your Life Through Scripture


South Loop (at Willow Chicago): Single Moms | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Pam Crenshaw ([email protected]), Erin Overly ([email protected])

Study topic: Various


Oak Park | Tuesday 7 p.m.

Leader: Gwen Watkins ([email protected])

Study topic: Adding to your faith / New Testament


Edgewater | Saturdays TBD

Leader: Laura Farr ([email protected])

Study topic: Various


Bible Study Fellowship | Starting September 10, Tuesdays 7 p.m.

Women today face a multitude of challenges. Many are overworked and in need of spiritual rest. Others struggle with insecurity, broken relationships, guilt and loneliness. Countless women have found peace, comfort, hope, security and answers to life's big questions as they uncover the truth of God in the Bible.



South Loop | Wednesdays 7:15 p.m.

Leader: Dave Spiegler ([email protected])

Study topic: Various


South Loop (at Willow Chicago): Next Level Discipleship | Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. (10-week program starting January 28)

Leader: Jack Spani ([email protected])

Study topic: Next Level




Loop | Tuesdays 12 p.m.

Leader: Rick Wood ([email protected])

Study topic: Various video Bible series


Loop | Mondays 7:30pm

Leader: Arda Kohlamian ([email protected])

Study topic: "Reading Romans Backwardsby Scot McKnight


South Loop: Adult Singles | 3rd Sundays 12:15 p.m.

Leader: Gina Paskell ([email protected])

Study topic: Various



South Loop | Tuesdays 7 p.m. | FULL

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

Study topic: Various


South Loop | Tuesdays 7 p.m.

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

Study topic: Scripture Reading


Streeterville | Wednesdays 7 p.m.

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

Study topic: Various


Lakeview: Women | Bi-weekly, Wednesdays 7 p.m.

Leader: Jen Himes ([email protected])

Study topic: Soul of Shame


South Loop (at Willow Chicago): Women | Sundays 12:30 p.m.

Leader: Caitlyn Stone ([email protected])

Study topic: Jesus Parable 


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

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

Study topic: Various


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

Leader: Devin Gatling ([email protected])

Study topic: Life Without Lack, Psalms 23




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

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

Study topic: Various (Faith & Work Topics & Bible Studies)


Faith Practices Co-Ed Group: South Loop (at Willow Chicago) | 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Natalie Byrd ([email protected])

Study topic: Various


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

Leader: Jean Claude Bahanuzi ([email protected])

Study topic: Marriage principles & Community help

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