Small Groups

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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 2021 Small Groups will meet once per week for one hour for ten weeks, February 1 through April 11.

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!

meet the facilitators

The Men

Christopher Hansard

Christopher Hansard

Sunday 8:00-9:00PM EDT

I just started a new job as the Superior Court Administrator for Cobb County. It’s a crazy busy job given COVID right now. Lots of work to do. To relax I like to play video games, listen to podcasts, and do odd jobs around the house. I am on my church’s Parish Council, and my wife teaches Sunday School. Most of my time is spent raising two small little girls. And a cat.

Keith LaRue

Keith LaRue

Monday 7:00-8:00PM EDT

I’m Keith! So excited to be sharing in this ministry with you. Currently, I am a Senior UXUI/ a graphic Designer for Jones Plastics and Engineering. I enjoy hiking, college sports, traveling, and bourbon! I’m sort of a semi-collector. Right now, my involvement with church is very minimal due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m usually apart of the choir and am the folk dance coordinator at my church for our annual festival.

Alex Kuvshinoff

Alex Kuvshinoff

Tuesday 8:00-9:00PM EDT

While I am from Buffalo, New York, I currently call NYC my home. I work for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as the Program Director of Ionian Village and in the communications office. I am a graduating MBA student from NYU and was heavily involved in OCF while in undergrad at Fordham University. Outside of work I am always trying to learn something, whether it be an instrument, a skill, or a language.

Patrick Lynch

Patrick Lynch

Wednesday 9:00-10:00PM EDT

I work as a Prototype CNC Machinist. I enjoy spending time with family, playing music, cycling and dirt biking. I am also a Byzantine chant enthusiast.

Dan Bein

Dan Bein

Thursday 6:00-7:00PM EDT

After graduating from St. Vladimir’s Seminary last year, I began work as a chaplain in Brooklyn, NY. I enjoy exploring the city and reading. Currently, I serve at St. Mary & St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church in Queens, NY, helping to chant and serve during liturgical services. 

meet the facilitators

The Women

Jessica Precop-Hendricks

Jessica Precop-Hendricks

Sunday 8:00-9:00PM EDT

I work in Clinical Therapy specializing in children who have experienced trauma ages birth-10, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Spring Arbor University. My husband and I love to make music together as we both sing with him playing guitar and I, the ukulele. We are also in a community choir of 100+ singers. At church, I grew up singing in the choir at the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI. Now we attend an OCA church in Jackson, MI, and both my husband and I sing in the choir. We like to visit and help at the monastery fifteen minutes from our house. I also work at the leadership level for Camp Vatra which is a summer church camp in the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. I am also a Real Break Leader and have led trips to Project Mexico and Romania.

Katerina Rallis

Katerina Rallis

Monday 7:00-8:00PM EDT

Hi! I am currently a third grade teacher who graduated from Elmhurst University, completing my Master’s Program at National Louis University. I love to work with my students in reading, theatre, and performing; all things that I also enjoy very much! When not in the classroom, you can find me doing a variety of things; traveling, Greek dancing, at my parish St. John the Baptist, running around at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center as a Program Director for Fanari Summer Camp, or planning for the next Chicago YAL Conference as a Co-Chair! I was on the SLB in 2011-2012 as both the Great Lakes Regional Rep and Chairwoman of the SLB. Glory be to God for all things!

Anna Sobchak

Anna Sobchak

Tuesday 7:00PM - 8:00PM EDT

Anna lives in Dallas where she works as a project manager at AT&T and attends Holy Trinity Dallas. Once our Real Break Student Leader, Anna now serves on the board for her parish’s Young Adult Ministry. Her favorite activities include brunch, lazy evenings with her dog, and sushi nights with friends.

Leslie Hansard

Leslie Hansard

Tuesday 8:00-9:00PM EDT

I have been a high school Spanish teacher for 8 years. I met my husband of ten years, Christopher, at the University of Georgia. We have two daughters, Adeline (5) and Claire (3). I love cooking, running, and doing arts and crafts. 

I came to Orthodoxy through my husband and converted during college in 2008. I have been attending Holy Transfiguration GOC in Marietta, GA since 2010. I teach high school catechism, serve on the Philoptochos board, and sing in the choir.

Sophia Fraser

Sophia Fraser

Wednesday 8:00-9:00PM EDT

Hi! I’m from Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon this past year where I studied marketing. On the weekends you can find me watching sports with my cousins (go ducks!) or playing golf with my dad. I served two years on the SLB as the northwest regional leader, as well as counseled at both Camp Angelos (Portland) and Saint Nicholas Ranch (Metropolis of San Francisco) summer camps. Both of these ministries have brought me the best people and memories and I cannot wait to continue creating them through small groups!

Elizabeth Buck

Elizabeth Buck

Wednesdays 9:00-10:00PM EDT

When faced with the question, “Who Am I?” my instinct was to say that I am a recent graduate of Texas A&M University where I obtained my Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering, played on the Polo team, served on the OCF Student Leadership Board, and now work at Stryker designing Orthopedic surgical robots. Isn’t that what most of us spit out when faced with the seemingly innocent yet daunting task of defining ourselves: our major, university, career aspirations, hobbies, etc? However, in reflecting on this question I realized those were all things I did, or am currently doing, but they aren’t really “Who I Am”. I am a child of God, a daughter, a sister, an Orthodox Christian, a best friend, an athlete, a nerd, an avid equestrian and outdoor enthusiast. 

However, I believe this question begs a deeper answer; one that begins with the realization that only God can truly say who He is. We therefore can define who we are by answering Christ’s question to His disciples in Matthew 16:13: “Who do you say that I am?” It is only in our recognition of who Christ is, and our humility in the face of Him that we can define ourselves. The Jesus prayer answers the question of “Who am I?” better than anything I could write in a Bio: “Lord, Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner”. 

With that said, I am incredibly humbled and beyond excited to connect with ya’ll and cultivate beautiful friendships and fellowship in the coming months!

Hibbah Kaileh

Hibbah Kaileh

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM EDT

My name is Hibbah, and I am a Texan currently residing in Washington DC. I am a researcher at the Library of Congress and loved being involved in OCF throughout college, and I’m excited to get to know some of you! In my free time, I love reading (about to start Dune), listening to podcasts (Land of the Giants is my favorite), hiking, traveling (currently to my mailbox and back), and watching the Dallas Mavericks (back in the day).

Alex Abboud

Alex Abboud

Thursday 6:00-7:00PM EDT

I am a social worker by trade and currently the Vicim’s Assistance Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh. I am working to create and develop the victim’s assistance program for the city as well supporting victims of crime. I work to ensure victims have a strong understanding of their rights, support them in accessing services, and guide them through the very confusing justice system. I also work closely with local leaders on rethinking our current public safety system. My faith and the Church have always been a huge part of my life! I have always loved being a part of my camp family and was the Real Break leader when I was in college. Now, I fulfill that passion by teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school. Outside of my work and my faith I love spending time being active, playing with my adorable pup Oxford, and baking for all my friends and family. Can’t wait to hangout over a pint of ice cream on our couches!

Valerie Hanna

Valerie Hanna

Friday 3:00-4:00PM EDT

Unfortunately due to COVID I’m still on a job hunt but in the meantime I’m nannying for a wonderful family! I enjoy going to church, attending concerts/anything involving music & the music industry, reading, and being creative. Throughout the years I was involved in a few Antiochian camps across the country and I served as a RSL for OCF’s South Region 2017-2018! I am currently involved in the Young Adult Ministry in my parish and have been enjoying every bit of it.