Life & Focus Groups

Growth & Discipleship

Life Groups: Belonging

Life Groups at GCFirst are groups that meet together throughout the week to journey this life together. We live in a world of brokenness and Life Groups provide an open door for members to invite their unsaved friends, family and neighbors to learn more about Jesus and GCFirst.

Focus Groups: Becoming

Focus Groups at GCFirst are groups that provide opportunities to deepen your relationship with God and understanding of His Word.


Through Life Groups and Growing Groups, we will take people on a journey of discovering who they are in Christ, their passion, purpose and potential that God created them for and help them develop those giftings by finding just the right fit through opportunities to serve in ministries at GCF.

Groups meet by semesters. The semesters at GCF are
 August-November (the week before Thanksgiving) and February-May. Should groups decide to meet longer, that is their choice.

Welcome to the Family

These groups are designed to help you put down roots and become part of the GCFirst family.

Who We Are—led by Pastor Rich
Every other month on the second Sunday evening, 6-8pm
This is an opportunity for those new to the church or considering membership to learn about the church, our values, mission and vision. (Childcare will be provided.)

Find Your Place—led by Pastor Rich
Every other month on the second Sunday evening from 6-8pm
This is an opportunity for new members and those not currently serving in ministry to find out their spiritual gifts through a Spiritual Gifts Inventory and hear about the opportunities available through the leaders of those ministries. At this time, we will also encourage those attending to start their own Life Group.
 (Childcare will be provided.)

Snacks with the Staff
For those who have more questions about GCF and who we are, where we’re going, and what’s next. This will be held on the third Sunday of the month, 6-8pm, for the purpose of fellowship, relationship and conversation.

Life Groups

Craft Group—led by Pastor Rebecca Daniels at Kool Beanz on the first Wednesday of the month and GCF each Wednesday after that.

Men’s Group—led by JC Markell at GCF every Thursday morning at GCF.

Young Adults—led by Pastor Bri at her home on Thursday evenings.

Women’s Ministries—led by Dana Simon—this group is for women 16-100 (or older if you meet that!). This group meets at different times but is always working on ways to serve our community and world through programs such as Operation Christmas Child, collecting hats, gloves and scarves for children in need, and collecting items that kids currently admitted in the Behavioral Health Center at Gateway Hospital. This group also hosts retreats and other fellowship opportunities throughout the year.

First Step-led by Pastor Bri Werner & Pastor Rebecca Daniels
First Step is a Life Group of walkers encouraging each other on our journey to better health through faith and fitness.  
The purpose of our group is to support one another and communicate easily so we can get together and WALK! 

Sometimes you just need a friend to help you get moving. That's why and how this group got started! We hope to be an encouragement to you! Come join us! Every step of faith is a step in the right direction! You can do this!

Right now we walk on Tuesday nights at 7pm at the GC high school track. We welcome more times and places.

Focus Groups

Refuge Student Ministries—Junior High is led by Pastor Geof and Angie and meets in The Loft; High School is led by Pastor Brian and meets in the Resource Center. These groups meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.

"Adult Bible Study"—led by John Patrich on Sunday mornings at 11am. This group meets during the second service and uses the adult curriculum from Radiant Life.

"Propel Women"—led by Pastor Stacey, one Monday evening per month at GCF. This group is for women who are leading in the home, in the workplace, in the community or in the church.

"Eschatology—An End Times Bible Study"—led by John Pithers, Sr. on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. John will lead those who attend his class on an in-depth study of scripture and the prophecies regarding the second-coming of Jesus.

Prayer Group—led by Pastor Rich, JC and Shannan Markell—This group meets on Sunday mornings in Pastor Rich’s office before each service and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm.

Norm & Dana Simon—meeting at John & Kathi Ritchie’s home on Tuesday evenings for fellowship and topical studies for life enrichment.

Topical Studies—Pastor Rich and Pastor Stacey will take turns leading other Bible studies on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm for those looking to take their Spiritual walk deeper. We will be doing studies about Personal Evangelism, the Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit, Prayer, Pentecostal Perspective, and Generosity.