Life Groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together.

We believe God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find.
That’s why Life Groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.


Becky Stephens & Melinda Morris

Where: Elyria
When: 1st Fri @ 6pm + 1 Sun/month
Who: 18+, Kids - Teens or older

Matt & Melissa Gaylord

Where: Strongsville
When: 1st & 3rd Sat 5-8pm
Who: 18+ Kids - Yes

Tim & Rebecca Axford

Where: Harvest Ridge Church
When: Every other Fri @ 6pm
Who: 18+ Kids - Yes

Tim & Sharon Warrick

Hosted by Cook & Michelle Liotta
Where: Avon Lake
When: 1st & 3rd Fri @ 6:30pm
Who: 18+, Kids - No

Steve & Erika Archer

Young Families
Where: Litchfield
When: 1st Sat 6-8:30pm
Who: 18+, Kids - Yes

 Kevin and Karie Behm 

Where: North Ridgeville
When: Every Other Sun 4pm
Who: 18+, Kids - Yes

Matt & Sam Crow

Young Married
Where: North Ridgeville
When: 2nd & 4th Tue @ 6pm
Who: 18+, Kids - Yes

Mike & Karen Davis

Seasoned Saints
Where: Elyria
When: Thurs 6:15pm, 2-3 times a month
Who: 18+, Kids - No

Bill & Jane Penkava

50+ Group
Where: Elyria
When: 2nd & 4th Sun @ 4:30pm
Who: 50+, Kids - No

Joe & Mary Ann Hetzel

50+ Group
Where: North Ridgeville
When: Friday @ 7pm 2x/Month
Who: 50+, Kids - No

Dean & Ashley Morningstar

Where: Grafton
When: 1st Sunday @ 4pm
Who: 18+, Kids - Yes

Johnnie & Cheryl Slattery

Where: North Olmsted
When: 4th Saturday @ 5pm
Who: 40+, Kids - No

Matt & Paula Weiss

Where: North Ridgeville
When: Every other Friday @7pm
Who: 18+, Kids - Yes

Garrett & Adrie Gitchel

Where: Location Rotates 
When: 3rd & 5th Saturdays @1:30pm
Who: 20-30, Kids - Yes

Dan & Jill Gerome

Where: North Ridgeville
When: Sun @6:30pm 2x/Month
Who: 18+, Kids - No

Aaron & Sarah Schmidt

Where: North Olmsted
When: 1x/Month Sundays @ 6pm
Who: 18+, Kids - Yes

Matt Sante

Where: North Ridgeville
When: 3rd Sun @ 6:30pm
Who: 18+, Kids - Yes

Andy & Julie Scheneman

Where: Elyria
When: 1st & 3rd Fridays @ 7pm
Who: 18+ Kids - No

Jamie & Sarah Mason

Blended Families
Where: Grafton
When: 1st Sundays 4-6pm
Who: 18+, Kids - Yes

Women's Life Groups

Grandmas Matter

Carol Stadden
Where: North Ridgeville
When: 2nd & 4th Tues, 10am - 1pm
Who: 18+, Kids - No

Women Helping Women

Irene Scherer
Where: Harvest Ridge Church
When: Wed @10:00 am Weekly
Who: 18+, Kids - No

Dawn Dulin

Crocheting (and knitting) for a Cause
Where: Olmsted Falls
When: 1st & 3rd Sat 10am-12pm
Who: 18+, Teens with mother

Rachel Stirnemann

Tammy Hawkey

Mom’s with Young Kids
Ladies Outdoor Group
Where: North Ridgeville
When: 2nd & 4th Wed, 9:30am-11:30am
Who: 18+, Kids- Yes
Where: Elyria
When: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7pm
Who: 18 & up, no kids

Men's Life Groups

Bible Study for Men

Dwayne Davis
Summer meeting times vary, simply fill out the interest form and the leader will contact you with Men’s Bible Study times.

Young Adult Groups 

Luke Lengel

Where: Fairview Park
When: 2nd & 4th Sunday 6pm
Who:18-35 Kids - No

Dwayne & Crystal Davis

Where: Oberlin
When: 2nd & 4th Saturday 6pm
Who: 18-35, Kids - No

Young Adult Guys Bible Study

Jonathan Rosa & Jonah Eck
Where: North Ridgeville
When: 2nd Thursday 7pm &
4th Saturday  9:30 am
Who: Guys 18-35, Kids - No

Special Interest Life Groups

Overcoming Addictions

Learn how to break free from destructive habits
Willie Murphy
Where: Harvest Ridge Church
When: Mon Weekly @ 7pm
Who:18-35 Kids - No

Exploring Israel

An exploration into the Biblical sites of Israel without traveling
Jim & Daryl Kilby
Where: North Ridgeville
When: Sun @ 6pm 2x/month
Who: 18+, Kids- No

Ridge Runners

Must be able to keep 10 min mile pace for 3 miles
Autumn Kilby
Where: South Central Park
When: Last Sat of month @ 8am
Who: 18+, Kids- No



You’ve probably seen Life Groups meeting and not even realized it. A life group looks like friends hanging out together. At its core, a life group is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in Life Groups, you can expect to connect with others through time together, engaging in biblically based life giving conversation and praying for each others needs.


Our Life Groups meet for three semesters a year—winter, spring, and fall. During the semester, most groups meet once a week. Life Groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t attend every meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.


Life Groups happen throughout the North Ridgeville area and surrounding communities such as Elyria, Avon Lake, Brooklyn, Grafton, and Wellington.


Most Life Groups meet for a semester. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the semester format allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive semesters, but new members are always welcome.


Childcare varies from group to group. When you search our directory for a group, the group profile will indicate if childcare is available.


The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try. This is why we encourage you to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple different groups before choosing the best one for you. The simple strategy to finding success in Life Groups is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!

Need to find a life group? Let us help!