At Journey Church, we believe that no one can know everyone but everyone can know someone. Our hope is that the majority of our community will find connection outside of Sunday mornings, and we believe that this can happen in a small group setting. 

Listed below are the small group leaders who are leading groups in Sherwood and Newberg in the next several weeks. After you've had a chance to read about each of the group offerings, you'll see a link to a sign-up form where you can select the group(s) that best resonates with you, and best fits your schedule. If you have any questions about our small groups, please contact Michael Simmons, our Discipleship Pastor. 



Scott & Natasha Edinger

Scott is the Lead Pastor at Journey Church, and Natasha is a 5th grade teacher in Sherwood. They love connecting with people through small groups and the opportunity to share life and grow in Christ together. The purpose of this group is to help people who are newer to Journey Church or haven't participated in a Journey Group to get connected and know one another. This group meets weekly on Thursday evenings in Sherwood.


Matt & Cindy Payne

Matt and Cindy have been attending Journey for 18 months. Matt is a former church planter and now is a Senior Sales Enablement Manager at Jama Software, and Cindy is the Operations Manager at DIBroker. This group is made up of people from all walks of life from College Seniors to Senior Adults. Each week there are snacks, a discussion of the message from Sunday and how to apply it, and time for sharing of prayer requests. This group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings in Sherwood.


Keisha Gordon & Raeann Morelli


Keisha have been with Journey since the initial community BBQ. She works at George Fox in the admissions office. Raeann has been a part of Journey for 2.5 years, and works as a mechanical engineer in Portland. This group gives space for young adults to come together and encourage each other—a space to find real and raw community that is a safe space to grow and process. This group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings in Newberg.


Jessica Miller & Christen Leonard

Jessica Miller and Christen Leonard are sisters of the heart. Christen works as an early childhood educator and Jessica as a social worker. They are both raising active families and know the challenge of balancing the many responsibilities of being a woman in today’s world. The purpose of this group is to develop authentic relationships, embrace discipleship, and encourage others through evenings of fellowship and discussions of various books written for women. This group meets on Tuesday evenings in Sherwood. 



Tyler & Kristi Welker

Tyler & Kristi both work at George Fox University: Kristi as the Director of Commuter Life, and Tyler as an Assistant Professor of Animation in the Cinematic Arts program. This is a small group for young families at Journey Church. The heart and passion for this group stem from their love of sharing life with others who are parenting and raising families. This group meets every other Sunday evening in Newberg.

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Michael Simmons

Michael manages the George Fox University Bookstore and serves as Pastor of Discipleship at Journey Church. This group seeks to create a safe space for men to encounter wounds and receive support as they share life and learn to walk in vulnerable transformational community. These groups are closed once they start, but new groups will be formed in the Fall and Spring as needed. This group meets every other Monday evening in Newberg.


Patrick & Lori Allen

Lori and Patrick have attended Journey Church from the very beginning, where Lori serves as Communications and Connections Coordinator. Patrick works at George Fox University. The purpose of this group is to encourage a deeper spiritual walk through thoughtful conversations, genuine community, and supportive friendships as we strive to love both God and neighbor with everything we have. This group meets every other week on Thursday evenings in Newberg.

Now that you have taken time to familiarize yourself with our group leaders, the themes and flavors of each group, and the meeting times, we encourage you to the Next Step of signing up for a group. Click HERE to complete this simple form and we'll get back to you with more information.