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. 

BCBC Community Life Groups

              Connecting, Living, and Growing

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

Connecting to God and Each Other

Living Life Together

Growing in Faith and Relationships 

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

All groups will reconvene between the week of September 2nd and the 1st week of December.  

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY Group #1 – Divorce Care

Tuesdays - Starts Tuesday Sept. 4th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm • BCBC 

(Childcare available at $2 per child)

This material offers support in recovery or reconciling with divorce or separation. Materials cost is $15.  

Facilitator: Mary Helen Barwick email:    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. This is a great way to jump in with those in this community for doing life together by supporting and encouraging each other. Join us!

Leaders: Luke and Susanna Elliott -  they have been married for 31 years and have 1 grown child, Noah, who is currently serving in the Army.  Luke has been a family physician for 26 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  - Marriage Focus Group

Wednesdays at 6:30pm • The Dear’s Home - Croatan Woods

This group will start off with marriage material from Family Life called, “the art of marriage.” It presents God’s design for marriage. Marriage, the way God intended it to be is a true art form. The Art of Marriage weaves together expert teaching, real life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray bother the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.

Leaders: David and Alisa Dear, email:   – They have been married eight years and enjoy delving into marriage studies to help their marriage and now look forward to edifying others with this CLG. They have their own laser-engraving business, and enjoy being able to work from home. In their downtime they enjoy relaxing on the beach, biking, kayaking, visiting parks and museums, and exploring eastern North Carolina.

Group #4 – Marriage Focused Group

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

Join us for a relaxing environment in connecting to encourage each other in our daily walk. This group will also be using the marriage material from Family Life called, “the art of marriage.” It presents God’s design for marriage. Marriage, the way God intended it to be is a true art form. The Art of Marriage weaves together expert teaching , real life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray bother the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.

Leaders: Chuck and Kathy Hoke emails at: or – they have been married for 33 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 #5  – Evangelism Study Group with “Organic Outreach”

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) 

This group enjoys connecting to engage in current studies and conversations to implement biblical principles into daily lives. This season they will be focusing to help be more intentional within your sphere of influence for Jesus.

Hosts:  Rick and Lisa Goodman - Rick serves as an elder overseeing the properties and building maintenance for BCBC. Lisa is active in many children’s ministries. Rick and Lisa have 3 daughters and a son.

Leader: Matt  -  Matt enjoys God’s creation, ministering to the body, evangelism and fitness.  He continually serves this body in many facets and helps Rick Goodman with upkeep at the BCBC Annex (the Barn).

Group #6 - Gospel for Everyday Life

Mondays at 6:30pm - Longleaf Pines Area

This group gathers and connects through 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, email:   or   - They have been married for 9 years with four children. They love family time and spending time a the beach.  Blake and Ashley love small group environment and  discipleship.

Group #7 – Marriage Enrichment Focus

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

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

Leaders: Joe and Denise Cornwall, email:   They have been married for 28 years and have 5 grown children and 6 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 #8 - 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 Patrick Lebo. They gather weekly and Sunday mornings to incite wonder, provoke discovery and fuel passion.

Patrick Lebo, email:   Patrick is a recent graduate from UNC - Asheville and served in the leadership with Intervarsity and recently finished up an internship with Wycliffe. We are grateful to have him interning in this capacity for kingdom growth seeking to equip and minister to our young adults.

Group #9 – The Well 

Sunday Mornings - 10:50am • BCBC Church House

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 us grow in the Lord and 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: Jesse and Nadia Matteson email: , or   Jessie and Nadia have been married for 15 years and have 4 wonderful children. They love the outdoors, sports and family activities.

Group #10 – 33:3 Group (from Jeremiah 33:3) - Adult Group 

Meets on Sunday Mornings at 9:20am • BCBC Church House

This group meets on Sundays morning to be available for those with irregular work schedules as well as help new people to BCBC connect with us and experience deeper connection in small group. They enjoy fellowship opportunities outside of Sunday Morning and dig into God’s Word with dialogue to implement biblical principles to their daily lives.

Leaders: Jason and Regina Broadwell, email:   They have married 14 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 – 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 meets to pray for current events, needs of the body, BCBC families, BCBC ministries, and each other.  Further, the group enjoys fellowship in ministering 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 #12 – Parables of Jesus 

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, email at:   - Ken is married to Dot, and they have two adult ladies both married. They are so blessed with their 7 grandchildren and enjoy every opportunity to be with them. Ken enjoys golf and Dot enjoys sewing and embroidery. 

Group #13  - Connection Focus

Monday’s- 6:30pm @ Fortney’s Home 

With all aspects of BCBC Community Life Groups, we are focused on encouraging deeper connecting with God and with each other.

Leader:  Bill Fortney, email at: 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 #14  - Women’s Group

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

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

Join us on Wednesday evenings for a time to explore deepening our personal time with the Lord and being an encouragement to each other. We spend time encouraging each other as we build relationships and apply God’s Word into our lives.  Join us in our desire to grow closer to God and each other.  

No pre-requisite to attend.

Leader: Tara Howry  email: – Tara is married to Jud, our Community Life Pastor, and 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 #15 - Women’s Study Group - “God of Creation” by Jen Wilson

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

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

It all began with the Word. The opening chapters of Genesis teach us fundamental truths about God. We watch Him bring light after darkness, order after chaos, and rest after toil—all through the power of His Word.

Over 10 sessions of verse-by-verse study, dive into Genesis 1-11 by following three critical stages of understanding: comprehension, interpretation, and application. Revisit familiar stories and historical figures, challenge your basic knowledge, and discover deeper meanings in the text. As God reveals Himself through Scripture, we can only begin to understand ourselves when we first glimpse the character, attributes, and promises of our Creator.

Leader: Amanda Fahey,emailat: , has been married to Jonathan for 15 years 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  #16 - Women’s Study Group - “When God doesn’t fix it by Laura Story” - 5-Week Study

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

During this five session study we’ll discover that it is possible that good things can come out of our broken dreams. Building upon her book, When God Doesn't Fix It,this Bible Study examines what the Bible says about God and why our lives often don't turn out the way we like. She looks at the brokenness of some of our biblical heroes of faith - Abraham, Joseph, David, Paul - and shows how despite their flawed stories, God used them. God may not fix everything. In fact, our situation might never change or get better. But..we can.

Leader: Barb Pettis, email: , 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 #17  - Women’s Study Group -Kitchen Table Bible Study

Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:00 a.m.,  Starting on Sept 18th —Home of Kim Teague (Trent Woods Area, New Bern)—No childcare available

Join us as we gather around the kitchen table to study the book of Ruth. We will use John A. Stewart’s Ruth: Living by Faith (Lamplighter series). Ruth was a woman who displayed great faith during difficult times. Her faith will challenge us as we seek to apply the truths of God's word to our lives and to grow stronger in our own faith. The study begins September 19th and will last seven weeks.

Leader: Kim Teague , email at:    Kim is married to Barry, and they have an adult daughter, son, and daughter-in-law. Kim enjoys writing and jogging.


Group #18 – Men’s Group

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. We spend time encouraging each other while we build relationships with other men and apply God’s Way into our lives.  Join us in our desire to grow closer to God and each other.  No pre-requisite to attend.  

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

Group #19 – Men’s Group with Various Studies from our Right Now Media Resource

Thursdays at 10am - BCBC

This group of men are using our Right Now Media resource for discussion, application, encouragement and prayer.

Leader: Bob Pettis, email: - 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 #20 – Men’s Study Group

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, email:   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.

Group #21  - Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

 6:30am - 7:30am 1st & 3rd Tuesday

Join us as we gather for great food and fellowship that helps “feed” authentic relationships with other men and encourage us in our walk with the Lord.  

We are excited about these groups to help you in your walk in Christ.
Contact Pastor Jud for questions 252-636-3378 or