Community Life Groups

A Family that Grows Together

Join in to develop new and/or strengthen existing relationships through Community Life Groups (CLG).  CLG's edify each other, encourage growth and strive to maintain an outward focus while applying Biblical teaching and principles in their real-world daily lives. 

Our small group ministry known as Community Life Groups (CLG) meet for two seasons of the year: Spring and Fall. 

Coming Up this Fall - Community Life Groups

BCBC Community Life Groups: Connecting, Living, and Growing

BCBC CLG’s are designed to develop new and strengthen existing bonds through Christian fellowship.  Benefits are:

Connecting:  To God and Each Other

Living:  Doing Life Together

Growing:  in Faith and Relationships 

***Simply, building relationships through Christian fellowship as we reach out to our community.

All groups start the week after Labor Day - See below for days and times.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY Group #1 – Divorce Care

Tuesdays - Starts Sept. 5th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm • BCBC (Childcare available at $2 per child)

This material offers support in recovery from divorce or separation. Materials cost is $10.  

Facilitator: Mary Helen Barwick -  She has two grown daughters and eight grandchildren and enjoys spending time with her family.  Mary Helen is a certified grief recovery specialist, a proud ECU Pirate and also a graduate of Regent University.

New Group #2  -  Truth Project by Focus on the Family

Thursday’s at 6:30p – 8:30p - Riverbend Area at the Elliott’s Home

This study is a DVD based study to equip believers with a comprehensive biblical worldview. There are 12 -one-hour sessions that discuss in detail God’s design for living out our Christian worldview in our daily lives. 

Leaders: Luke and Susanna Elliott – they have been married for 30 years and have 1 grown child, Noah, who is currently serving in the Army.  Luke has been a family physician for 25 years.  When not in the clinic he enjoys gardening, eating and just relaxing.  Susanna is a veterinarian technician by training but now runs the household. They are eager and look forward to connecting with you..

NEW Group #3 - Gospel for Everyday Life

Mondays at 6:30p - Samperi Home 

This group gathers and has discussion from the sermons as a launching pad along  all other aspects of CLG Ministry in Bible Study, Fellowship, Prayer, Outreach and Service.

Leaders: Blake and Ashley Samperi - They have been married for 8 years with four children. They love family time and spending time a the beach.  Blake and Ashley love small group environment and  discipleship.

NEW Group #4  - Crazy Love

Wednesdays at 6:30pm • The Schultz Home - Neuse Harbor

This group focuses on fellowship by inviting others to our home and helping to build relationships with a warm and conversational environment. Join us as we discuss biblical topics and experience small group fellowship. Our first study will be Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It will inspire us towards deeper love and passion in our relationship with Christ.

Leaders: Rich and Cheri Schultz– Rich is in the Marine Corps and Cheri works as a manager at Books a Million. They have been married for 22 years and they have 2 daughters. The Schultz’s enjoy family time and travel. They also love volunteering and are passionate about sharing their home and their hearts with likeminded Christians.

Group #5 –  “In His Image” 

Wednesdays at 6:30pm • Brice’s Creek Area

A study considering our unique creation as human beings and applying to the Body of Christ. Join this group as they grow together using the Christian Classic “In the Likeness of God” by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey  to learn more about our special part in the Body of Christ. This group will use fellowship and study to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds.”

Leaders: Greg and Mary Golike - Mary and Greg are the parents of three grown children (Jon and wife Emily, Eric and Monica).  Mary is now a retired teacher and dreams of being a botanist and wants to finish her healthy foods cookbook.  Greg works in engineering but dreams of being a symphony conductor and would like to ride his bike across the USA. Both have attended BCBC for several years and look forward to meeting new friends in this group.

Group #6 – Marriage Enrichment Focus

Wednesdays at 6:30pm • Heart of Havelock/Cherry Point

This group is focuses on studies that invest into your marriage. This will be a blessing for your marriage and connecting with other couples with this Havelock/Cherry Point group and serve BCBC and the community.   

Leaders: Joe and Denise Cornwall – they have been married for 28 years and have 5 grown children and 5 grandchildren.  Joe enjoys woodworking so much so that upon retiring from the Marine Corps, he opened his own shop. Denise runs their woodworking business and has a business of her own. They are eager and love connecting in their CLG fellowship .

Group #7 – Study Group on “A Toolbox for Life”

Fridays at 6:30pm  • Brice’s Creek Area 

Join us for a relaxing environment in connecting to encourage each other in our daily walk in life.  This season, we are using a Rick Warren study focused to help identify your core values, so you know what matters most, understand and maximize your God-given strengths, deal with naysayers in your life, study Scripture to help you prepare for every situation, and encourage you in being built up in biblical skills for life.

Leaders: Chuck and Kathy Hoke – they have been married for 31 years and have an adult daughter.  Chuck works on the Air Station and enjoys projects around the house as well as traveling with his wife. Along with enjoying traveling, Kathy is enjoying Air Force and Government Employee retirement to delve in writing books and healthy activities.

Group #8 – DIVE - Young Adults (ages 18-25)

Tuesdays at 7pm & Sunday Mornings at 9:20am • BCBC & Various Places 

This is an ongoing Christian community group for young adults with Brice’s Creek Bible Church. DIVE is a peer led group under the leadership of Pastor Phil and our intern, Ryan McKinney. They gather weekly and Sunday mornings to incite wonder, provoke discovery and fuel passion.

BCBC Intern: Ryan McKinney - Ryan is the facilitator to engage young adults and help to bridge our youth entering into adulthood. Ryan is a recent graduate from Regent University with a Bachelor’s in English. We are grateful to have him interning in this capacity for kingdom growth to be able to equip and minister to our young adults in their walk with Christ.

Group #9 – The Well 

Sunday Mornings - 10:50am • BCBC 

The Well is a great opportunity for young families, college graduates and careerist in:

CONNECTING - small group involvement on Sunday mornings as well as formal and informal social gathering opportunities outside of Sunday mornings. 

GROWING - offering studies on topics that help engage our culture.

SENDING - being strategic in outreach ministry that engages this community and beyond in social media, fellowship and special events for kingdom growth. 

Leaders are: Kyle and Karis van Althuis and David and Mallory White.  Kyle, a Wildlife Enforcement Officer, and Karis, a Physician Assistant, have been married for six years and they have one baby boy, Kase. They are very active in ministry with BCBC. David and Mallory have been married for seven years. They have one boy, 2 years old and twin baby girls. They enjoy going to the park. 

Group #10 – 33:3 Group (from Jeremiah 33:3) - Topics for Life  

Sunday Mornings at 9:20am • BCBC 

This group meets on Sundays morning for those with irregular work schedules and contributes to BCBC by helping new people connect with us and experience a small group environment. They enjoy fellowship opportunities outside of Sunday Morning and enjoy current studies with conversations to implement biblical principles for daily lives.

Leaders: Jason and Regina Broadwell. They have married 13 years and have 6 kids. Activities enjoy camping and being with family. They love their group dynamic that facilitates a caring environment for sharing and ministering to all in the group.. 

Group #11 – Women’s Study Group

Wednesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm • Howry Home 

(Childcare available at $2 per child, or $5 for 3 or more kids) 

Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, we will use Ruth Haley Barton’s book Sacred Rhythms to explore seven spiritual disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life.

Leader: Tara Howry – Tara has a desire to see women’s lives transformed by Christ’s love and help them to walk in their purpose to God’s glory.. She is a wife, mother, and professional educator. She has three children ranging in age from college graduate to high school freshman. 

Group #12  - Women’s Study Group - “We Saved You a Seat”

Thursday mornings - 9:30am-11:30am at BCBC 

(Childcare available at $2 per child, or for 3 or more kids $5) 

This is a 7 - session study on exploring your relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for friendship.  Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend -  it’s how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. So instead of chasing perfection, overcome your fear of being know and find the courage to connect.

Leader: Amanda Fahey is married to Jonathan and they have three boys 11, 8 and 4 years old.  She is involved with children's ministry and is passionate about working with children and their families.  She loves being outdoors, sewing and being creative in her spare time.

Group #13 - Women’s Study Group on “Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go”

Thursday evenings at the Pettis’ home (Longleaf Pines Neighborhood), 6:30pm - 8:30pm  

In this 8 - session series on the book of Malachi, Lisa Harper turns our focus back to God’s mercy. On our worst day, God doesn’t walk away from us. And His love for us is not determined by our performance. No matter how many times we mess up, God loves (and never leaves) broken people. “I the LORD do not change” Malachi 3:6.  Women taking this Bible study will gain a fresh perspective on the Book of Malachi. It is more than a book in the Bible about tithing. Lisa brings the Scripture to life through dynamic storytelling.

Leader: Barb Pettis, married 32 years to Bob, and has four adult children. Barb serves the Lord in many capacities of BCBC ministry to include our greeter ministry, our community events and in BCBC’s Nativity Drive Through. She enjoys refurbishing old furniture and decorating.

Group #14  - Men’s Study Group - Authentic Manhood Series - Volume 2

2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 6am – 7am at BCBC 

Do you have a clear and compelling vision of what it really means for you to be the man God created you to be? Join with other men hungry to be all that God has created them to be and learn the principles of authentic biblical manhood and encourage each other to follow them. You can jump in at any point - No pre-requisites required to attend.  Check out more at  

Leader:  Bill Fortney is married to Pam Fortney and they have 3 married daughters and have 6 grandchildren. Bill works at the Havelock campus with NCSU’s engineering program. Bill’s gift of teaching and passion for men’s ministry as well as ministering to couples is such a blessing to this body.  

Group #15 – Men’s Group  - Authentic Manhood Series - Volume 2

Wednesdays at 6:30pm • BCBC - (Childcare available at $2 per child, or for 3 or more kids $5) 

Join us on Wednesday evenings for a time to explore how to be the man God intended.  In the coming months, we are focused on Volume 2 in the series “33: A Journey to Authentic Manhood.  We will spend time encouraging each other while we build relationships with other men and explore how past hurts hinder our living in an authentic fashion today.  Our desire is to grow closer to God and each other.  No pre-requisite to attend - Join us!  

Leader: Marty Lebo is married to Lora and they have 3 adult boys. Marty has a heart to work with men to realize their potential to be authentic men as God intended.  

Group #16 – Men’s Group on Various Studies from our Right Now Media Resource

Thursdays at 11am - BCBC

Currently,  this group of men is focused toward the second shift workers in the body and are using our Right Now Media resource for current application in everyday life as men in discussion, encouragement and prayer.

Leader: Bob Pettis - Bob is married to Barb and they have four adult children. Bob enjoys missions and helps lead our Honduras Missions opportunity. They enjoy family activities and serving an many ways in supporting BCBC’s vision.

Group #17 – Men’s Study Group on the Book of Jeremiah

1st and 3rd Monday’s of the month at 7pm - BCBC

This group of men enjoy reading verse-by-verse through God’s Word to glean current life application and encouragement for each other.

Leader: Bill Luper - Bill has a great depth of life experiences and has a passion to encourage men in their walk with Christ. Bill has enjoyed his career in the insurance profession and enjoys playing golf and time with family. He is involved with various ministries including the Men’s Ministry and AWANA.

Group #18 – Prayer Focused Group

Wednesdays at 6:30pm - 7:30pm • Host Home is Betty Jo Jones located New Bern in the Colonial Heights Neighborhood off of Trent Road. 

Interested in participating in devoted time of prayer? This group’s emphasis is on prayer for current events, BCBC families, needs of this local body, BCBC ministries, and prayer for each other as well as edifying fellowship to minister to each other.

Leader: Pastor Barry, our Senior Pastor - Married to Kim and they have two adult children. Their son is recently married and works with Polaris, an organization combatting human trafficking that lobbies for legislation on Capitol Hill, and their daughter works for a nonprofit promoting organizations with their stories. Barry and Kim enjoy family activities, fitness, and enjoy their three pets.

Group #19 – Ephesians

Wednesdays at 7pm • Taberna 

This Community Life Group loves to parse through God’s Word and dig into meaning and application for life today.  

Join us as we discover together, build deeper connections and minister to each other in fellowship. 

Leader: Ken Weltz - Ken is married to Dot, and they have two adult ladies both married. They are so excited and blessed with their 4 grandchildren and enjoy every opportunity to be with them. Ken enjoys fitness and golf as well as traveling with Dot.

Group #20 – Bible Study Group on Jeremiah 

Wednesdays at 7pm /  Greenbrier  (near Craven Community College) 

This Community Life Group enjoys fellowship and going verse-by-verse study through books of the Holy Bible. 

Leader: Bill Luper - Bill and his wife, Tess, have been leading small group ministry for many years and have great joy in all the opportunities at BCBC.

Group #21  – Study Group with “Life on Mission”

Wednesday’s at 6:45p – Goodman’s Home ( close proximity to the church)  

(Childcare available at $2 per child, or for 3 or more kids $5) 

Life on Mission is a rich but simple guide that will help us as everyday missionaries (electricians, lawyers, church planters, students, etc.) in the areas of gospel and mission, which will lead to an effective ministry within one’s own community.

Leader: Matt Davis.  Matt has been attending BCBC and loves handy man chores and fitness.  He continually serves this body in many facets and helps Rick Goodman with upkeep at the BCBC Annex (the Barn).

Hosts : Rick and Lisa Goodman, Rick does a variety of projects for construction for his business. Lisa stewards the home and educating their kids.  They have four kids: a daughter married now, daughter college age, a daughter in high school aged, and their son entering junior high. They enjoy the outdoors and are very active in their kids lives and activities.

Group #22  – Study Group with “The Good and Beautiful Community”

Wednesday’s at 6:45p to 8p at BCBC 

(Childcare available at $2 per child, or $5 for 3 or more kids) 

This study helps introduce new people with BCBC with this great study to dive into building community, developing spiritual disciplines and experience small group environment with BCBC.  

Leader: Pastor Jud – Married to Tara and serves at BCBC as the Community Life Pastor. They have three children. Jud is a retired marine and graduated at Regent University. Jud enjoys golf, chess, outdoors and exercise.

***Easy sign up, CLICK HERE and give your info, Name, Phone Number, Email and the Group Number.

We are excited about these groups to help you in your walk in Christ.