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Life Groups are designed for students to:

  • Receive personal discipleship from individuals with spiritual maturity
  • Experience differing degrees of Christian community
  • Develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ by studying Scripture, asking questions, and engaging in discussions.

Each Life Group topic and description has been decided upon by the leader.

Life Groups aim to help students know, love, and serve Jesus Christ by providing personal settings focused on biblical study, spiritual disciplines, and faith integration.

Three types of Life Groups:


Biblical study life groups embrace and dig into the biblical story through making observations, interpretations, and developing applications of the Scriptures. Studying Scripture helps us gain insights into God, our relationship with others, and creation.


Spiritual discipline Life Groups focus on the use and practice of spiritual disciplines as a means for helping students be attentive to the Holy Spirit's work. Content is focused on the historical and biblical teaching of various spiritual disciplines and their function and purpose in ongoing spiritual formation.


Faith integration Life Groups expose students to foundational principles of Christian faith that inform a theology of life, work, and play. Students will learn healthy, holy rhythms that reflect the Holy Spirit's work in our life and community.

Open and closed Life Groups

Some Life Groups are closed to specific groups of students across campus where other "open" Life Groups are open to all students.

Please refer questions about attendance to the leader or to the Spiritual Formation Office

Life Group Season officially launches the week of January 22 and runs through April 5!


Spring 2024 Life Groups

Please refer to the Malone Events Calendar for more information and specific dates for each group.

Open Life Groups

The Well

Zeke Yost


Bible Study


Join other college-aged young adults from around the area for a time of building Christ-like community. We will dive into God’s Word and discuss how we can apply it to our lives. There will be food, a message and time to connect with friends. Our goal is to encourage you, no matter where you are in your faith journey. The Well takes place Mondays at 6:30pm at First Friends Church-  5455 Market Ave N, Canton, OH 44714

Commuter Life Group

Zane Keele


Bible Study


The Commuter Life Group will be a discussion and study of the book of 2 & 3 John. It will look at what it means to love God and others, as well as any other relevant topics that may come up in our discussion. Ultimately seeking to not only talk about these ideas and what they mean, but live them out together. This group is designed for commuters, but anyone is welcome. This group meets on Tuesdays at 1pm in the Commuter Lounge.

Lectio Divina

Dr. Hannah Kroonblawd


Spiritual Disciplines


In Lectio Divina, we encounter the Bible through patterns of reading, reflection, prayer, and contemplation. In the spring semester, this Life Group will focus on the Psalms to guide intentional, personal connection with Scripture. We'll see the hope of the coming Savior reflected in classic and contemporary literature, and engage in creative writing prompts that reflect the rhythms of Lectio Divina. This group meets on Thursday at 10:30am in the English Lounge (JC 206) in the Johnson Center.

Jesus Is

Devin Galbraith


Bible Study


"Jesus Is" is all about diving into God's word and discovering the kind of life Jesus has called us to live. Each week, we'll read a chapter from the Gospels, and discuss it as a group to see how it applies to our lives today. This group meets on Tuesday at 9pm in Emma's (The Barn). 

Heritage Hall

John Evin


Bible Study


Come join us as we study the book of Revelation this semester! We will be studying this book on Wednesday nights in the Heritage Hall 1st floor end lounge! Bring a bible, journal and pen and join us as we study the final book of the Bible together! This group meets on Wednesday at 7pm in the Heritage Hall first floor lounge at the end of the hall. 

Coffee Conversations: Spiritual Life at Different Life Stages

Megan Mauck


Spiritual Disciplines & Faith Integration


Coffee Conversations with feature discussions and interviews with people from the local community where they discuss how they connect with God and spiritual disciplines! This group is hosted by a local pastor and guests will vary in age and life stage each week. This group meets on Tuesday at 10:30am in the Stewart Room (The Barn).

Hope Connections

Megan Tschantz


Faith Integration


This Life-group is designed to be a safe space to talk about mental health issues and how we can reconnect back to hope. This semester our focus will be on resilience and what it means to have resilience in the midst of the struggle. This group meets on Thursday at 4pm in CC 107.

Blossom Hall: Spiritual Disciplines

Rebecca Cooley


Spiritual Disciplines


We will be learning different spiritual practices together while discussing the purpose and scripture behind them. This group meets on Wednesday at 8:30pm in the Blossom 3 Yoga Room. 

Transfer Life Group

Kaylyn Jones + Anna Meadows


Faith Integration


The Transfer Life Group provides a space for transfer students to talk about life and faith outside the classroom. Everyone is welcome to join this conversation even if you are not a transfer student. This semester we will be talking about the heart of God. This group meets every other Thursday at 10:30AM in Emma's Café. 

Martial Arts and Applying FAith

Elisia Frey


Spiritual Disciplines


This group is looking different spiritual disciplines. Time together include Bible study and movement working through basic martial arts skills. This group meets on Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the Pioneer Room. 

Haviland Hall: The Book of James

Katie Hines


Bible Study


The Book of James We are going to read and discuss verse by verse the book of James This group meets every other week on Wednesday at 4PM in Haviland Hall 2nd floor lounge. 

Woolman and Whittier: Biblical Grit

Anna Warmbrodt


Faith Integration


The Woolman and Whittier life group this semester will be discussing how Christians can have perseverance through God’s guidance even through the fiery trials and unknown paths in our lives. This group will meet every other week on Wednesdays at 7:30pm in Woolman 2 Lounge. 

Dance and Devotions

Rachel Stranger


Faith Integration


Each week we will have a short devotion followed by a beginner ballet class or conditioning exercises (including stretching!). This semester we will be diving into the Psalms with the topic of worship, with focuses on who worships and how they worship. No dance experience required! This group will meet on Fridays at 10:05am in the Pioneer Room. 

Commuter Life Group- The Book of James

Madison Clarke  


Bible Study  


Commuter's Life Group: In the first half of the semester, we will be reviewing "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry" and will be going over different ways to slow down and spend time in the presence of God around our busy lives. For the second half of the semester, we will be looking into the heart of God using a web series by Francis Chan to take a deep dive into what God's heart really looks like and how much he loves us. This group meets on Thursday at 10:30am in the Stewart Room in the Barn. 

Fox Hall

Javin Herbert


Bible Study


The Holy Gospel According to John - We will continue our bible study in the Gospel of John. This group meets on Wednesdays at 9:00pm in Whittier 3 Lounge on the second and fourth weeks of the month. 

Be the Love

Abigail Pratt & Adrianna Raygoza


Faith Integration


This life group focuses on how to live out Christ's love when you can't talk about Him directly. Come join us for a snack and a discussion about how to actively show your faith when you can't openly express it.  This group meets every other Monday at 10:05am in the Teacher's Hub (RH300). 

Catholic Perspectives

Jayvin Herbert


Faith Integration


This Catholic group will be open to all current and prospective Catholics and non-Catholics alike. We will talk about the Catholic faith and her teachings. We will talk about and pray the Holy Rosary. This group will be on the first and third Mondays of the month at 10:05am in the JC chapel. 

I've Been There: A Group about Grief & Loss

Tony Schnyders, Dr. Christina Schnyders & Rebecca Cooley


Faith Integration


This group is for students who have experienced grief themselves and students who have not. Whether you have personally experienced grief or if you would like to come alongside people who have, we will be hearing from members of our community who will share their honest experiences so that we can support these people and hopefully learn more about how they have been working to find peace. This group will be every other Friday at 10:05am in the Round Room (The Barn). 

The Tabernacle

Ethan Ashton and Leonard Veccia


Bible Study



The Tabernacle. The details and events of the Old Testament are ensembles of New Testament spiritual truth (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:11). So what about the Tabernacle ? This building has many applications to the believer as well. Come join us we study out this topic. This group meets Monday's at 10:05am in the Silk Auditorium. It starts on February 5th. 

Wellness Journaling

Kylee Gray    


Spiritual Disciplines    


This Life Group serves as a way to introduce people to a new form of mental wellness through journaling and some discussion at the end. Journal prompts will serve as a way to be reflective about your relationship with yourself and God. This group meets on Thursdays at 7:15pm in Emma's Café (The Barn). 

In the Moment

Andrea Ramsey


Spiritual Disciplines


In the Moment is an opportunity to practice the art of daily devotions with God using a devotional book written by Evangelist Lorraine Freeman, who will help lead the group. Join us as we reflect on spiritual topics using scripture, discussions, prayer and sharing to help us grow. This group will take place on select Tuesdays at 10:30am in Founders 65 (2/20, 2/27, 3/12, &3/19). 

Boundaries in Relationships

Natalie D'Amato


Faith Integration


This Life Group is based on the work of Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.  How can we date in a healthy and holy way?  With biblical wisdom, clinical expertise, and practical advice, these psychologists demonstrate how good boundaries free us to love well.  Join the discussion!  The topics include why and how to set boundaries, breaking free from toxic patterns, and pursuing relationships that glorify God.  Our romantic and spiritual lives don’t need to be kept separate – in fact, they shouldn’t be!  This group meets on Tuesdays at 10:30am in the Round Room in The Barn, starting on January 30th, 2024.

Closed Life Groups

Women's Cross Country & Track// Closed

Kendall Anenson + Trinitie Woolace


Faith Integration


A closed life group for the cross country women’s team to learn and discuss Gods word together and experience fellowship within faith based conversation outside of our typical running workouts.

E-Sports Life Group // Closed

Andrew Boak


Bible Study


This Life Group is for the E-sports team. This semester they will focus on going through the book of Job.

Baseball Team // Closed

Tim Haverstock


Bible Study


A place for the Baseball Team to meet intentionally outside of normal practice times. 

Women's Lacrosse Team // Closed

Camryn English + Madison Clarke


Bible Study



A closed life group for the women's lacrosse team to learn and discuss Gods word together and experience fellowship within faith based conversation outside of practices and games. This semester, we will be studying the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

Men's Track and Field

Max Gucker


Bible Study


A closed life group for the cross country men's team. This semester, they will be looking at the book of James.