We believe Christ-centered community happens most effectively in small groups – typically around 10 to 13 people who meet together in a leader's home for fellowship, study, and prayer. The heart of Village Groups is to facilitate the growth of authentic relationships in which members can:
- Truly know others in the church and be known by them.
- Share joys, struggles, needs, and resources.
- Honestly wrestle with this life of faith.
- Encourage each another in our walk with Christ.
Check out our Village Group leaders below. And if you'd like more information about Village Group life, please fill out this form and we'll be in touch soon.
Village Group Leaders
Shawn & Jennifer McClain
Shawn and Jennifer McClain have served as small group leaders for several years. Both of them also volunteer on staff at Village Church — Shawn as the Village Groups Leader and Jennifer as the Village Kidz Leader. They have two adorable children, Zoe and Zeke.
Their Village Group meets on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m.
Brandon & Lynda McClain
No, you aren't seeing double ... Brandon and Shawn are twin brothers! And both are Village Group Leaders. Brandon and his wife, Lynda, also serve on the Communion Team and the Face Team at Village Church. Brandon and Lynda have one son, Hunter, who is plugged into the Student Ministry at Village Church.
Their Village Group meets on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
MATT & MELISSA HARGROVE
Matt and Melissa Hargrove have three biological children, and they are currently in the process of adopting their current foster care placement, a spunky 4-year-old boy. They believe community is an important part of growing in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Accountability and encouragement through fellowship, Bible study, and quality relationships has been a significant piece in the spiritual growth of their family. They are excited to share that joy and growth with others. Matt and Melissa also lead the Middle School Ministry here at Village Church.
The Hargroves' Village Group meets on Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m.
BRYAN & KRISTIE DONALDSON
Bryan and Kristie have served as small group leaders in Celebrate Recovery (a Christ-centered recovery program) for several years. They both have a passion for helping others find healing through Jesus, and they continue to serve in Celebrate Recovery each Thursday at Christ Community Church in Columbus. In addition, Bryan and Kristie periodically teach Life School classes at Village Church, with Kristie also serving on the worship team and Bryan volunteeering as the A/V tech. The couple married in 2015 and is blessed with a blended family, including Zachary and Abby. Note: Currently Bryan and Kristie are not leading a Life School class at this time.
JUSTIN & MARIA EVANS
Justin and Maria Evans have served in several ministry leadership roles since 2007. The couple has a heart for discipleship and helping others draw closer to God. Justin and Maria currently serve as Village Group leaders, and Maria also volunteers on the worship team at Village Church. Their three children — Parker, Corey, and Aria — are an active part of the Village Kidz ministry.
A U.S. Army veteran, Justin now serves as a police officer in Columbus, Georgia, and Maria is a stay-at-home mom.
The Evans' Village Group meets on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m.
Young Adults Group
Erin Tyson leads a Village Group specifically for young adults ages 18–30. Erin also leads outings and outreach opportunities for young adults at Village Church. In addition, Erin is passionate about both domestic and international missions. In 2017 she's traveled to Rwanda and Bulgaria to serve with missionaries there, and she's always planning her next trip to minister in another part of the world.
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