Small Groups

Connect--Reflect--Grow

Spring Small Group will be held February 6th – April 9th.  Registration is open now!

F.A.Q’s

Interested in joining a Small Group?

What do small groups talk about?

Anything! Small Groups are a time for you to make connections with peers, share your own experiences, learn from one another, and pray for each other. Your facilitator is trained to help you identify the topics that will have the most impact on your group once you get to know each other. 

How often do Small Groups meet?

Spring 2022 Small Groups will meet once per week for one hour for ten weeks, February 6 through April 9.

Who can join a Small Group?

Any college student ages 18-25 may join a Small Group. Each group will have 4-7 students and one OCF Student Leadership Board alum serving as a facilitator.

What if I can’t come every week?

While we encourage full participation for the ten week session, we understand that there may be one or two times when you are unable to attend. However, we do ask that you select a time slot when you are able to commit to at least eight weeks. 

Can I choose my facilitator?

Yes! When you register you will be able to see which facilitators are leading groups this semester. If you see someone with whom you’d like to connect, don’t hesitate to sign up!

The Small Group I want to join is full. What do I do?

If there is a particular Small Group you’d like to join that has already filled, please fill out this form to be added to a wait list. We will do our best to accommodate you!

Spring 2022 Small Groups will be held February 6th – April 9th.  Registration is open now!

meet the facilitators

The Men

Peter Karos

Peter Karos

Sunday 8:00-9:00 PM EST

Peter works in the investment industry and lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, sports, and having a good time! I serve as a chanter/choir member at church and am exploring what ministries “Post OCF Pete” fits in.
Gabe Kaim

Gabe Kaim

Wednesday 8:00-9:00 PM EST

Gabriel met his wife Amanda through their University of Texas OCF group. They have three sons–James (7), Jordan (5), and Jonathan (newborn), and spend all of their free time chasing after the boys. Gabriel is a trial lawyer and works at a litigation boutique with his brother, Anthony. Gabriel and his family attend St. George Orthodox Church in Houston, where Gabriel serves on the parish council and as chairman of the fundraising campaign for St. George’s new building project.
Keith LaRue

Keith LaRue

Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM EST

Keith La Rue is an award-winning Graphic Designer (Best New Booth Design – Lightfair 2018) and photographer (Never Give Up – 2021 AIGA Top 100 Show) residing in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, Keith works as a Graphic Designer for Rev-A-Shelf LLC. an industry-leading company, manufacturing luxury Kitchen, Bath and Closet accessories and LED lighting. Recent projects include re-branding of Tresco Lighting, a subsidiary of Rev-A-Shelf, and packaging refresh for Rev-A-Shelf products for brick & mortar and online retailers (Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, Target, Wayfair and more).

In his free time, Keith is an avid UofL fan, Steelernation football fan, world traveler (147 cities, 9 different countries, 3 continents so far) with hopes to travel more soon, bowler, hiker, foodie, cook, Godfather, singer, actor (6 plays/musicals) so far and best of all, Fruncle.

Fun facts:
– The first copies of the Declaration of Independence were printed using the font Caslon
– My favorite designer is Paul Renner (Favorite font is Futura)
– My favorite Artists are Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko followed closely by Piet Mondrian
– My favorite photographers is Ansel Adams/ Dorothea Lange

Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd

Mondays 7:00-8:00 PM EST

Andrew lives in the Washington, DC area and is a member of St Mark’s Orthodox Church (OCA) in Bethesda Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and OCF alum and a current member of the OCF board of directors. Andrew works in investment research and consulting for a large investment and asset management firm.

meet the facilitators

The Women

Alethia Placencia

Alethia Placencia

Tuesday 6:00-7:00 PM EST

Alethia Placencia is an OCF alum who now works as a Youth Director at St. Peter the Apostle in Pomona, CA. She is also gaining experience as a medical scribe to prepare for PA school. She has been involved with the St. Nicholas camping program, as well as YES North America for several years now. If you were going to invite Alethia to a paint night, road trip, or on a hike you wouldn’t be able to finish asking because she already would’ve said yes. She can’t wait to make space for community and growth to happen in these small groups!
Hibbah Kaileh

Hibbah Kaileh

Wednesday 8:00-9:00 PM EST

Hibbah is currently living and working in defense research in Washington, DC. Her free time is usually spent reading, impulsively buying flights, cooking, baking, playing word games, and trying not sound like an old lady.
Katerina Dimas

Katerina Dimas

Monday 9:00-10:00 PM EST

Katerina is an OCF alum who is thrilled to participate in the Small Group program! Katerina is a 3rd grade teacher who is so very grateful to be back in the classroom with her students. She is looking forward to starting up Improv Club and Speech tournaments with her students once again. Katerina has always been an active participant at her parish, St. John the Baptist. She was also a Co-Chair for the Chicago YAL Conference in 2020 and a Fanari Camp Staff Member for many years. Katerina loves to travel, Greek dance, cook, and have a good cup of coffee!