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?

Fall 2020 Small Groups will meet once per week for one hour for twelve weeks, September 1 through November 30.

Who can join a Small Group?

Any college student ages 18-25 may join a Small Group. Each group will have 4-8 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 twelve 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 ten 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 email Jeanine at southweststudent@ocf.net to be added to a wait list. We will do our best to accommodate you!

meet the facilitators

The Men

Peter Karos

Peter Karos

Sundays, 8:00-9:00 PM EDT

I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota studying Finance and just started a job in Milwaukee in the investment industry. I love to hang out with friends, enjoy sports (play a lot of golf and slow pitch softball but follow most of the major sports), love to sing (mostly chanting at church), and enjoy the outdoors. As far as ministry involvement: I was heavily involved in OCF during college both locally and nationally and served on the SLB for two years as CCMW Student Leader. I grew up attending a Greek and Antiochian church so I love that Pan-Orthodox life! Additionally, have served as a counselor at Saint Mary’s Camp (Minneapolis), Antiochian Village (Pennsylvania), and Camp Catanese (Phoenix). As mentioned before, I also chant in church.

Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd

Mondays, 8:00-9:00 PM EDT

I grew up in the faith and was very involved in OCF at the University of Connecticut. I also graduated from St. Vladimir’s Seminary and worked for the Orthodox Church in America as its Youth Director for several years. I live in Jersey City, NJ (right across the river from Manhattan) were I attend Sts. Peter and Paul Church and serve on the parish council. These days, I work on Wall Street in Mergers & Acquisitions. I also serve on the Board of Directors of OCF. I enjoy fly-fishing, cooking, and singing any part in the Church choir (usually just tenor or bass…).

Dan Bein

Dan Bein

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM EDT

I work as a chaplain at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Brooklyn, which means a lot of listening. This job is fairly intense in its relation with others, so, to relax, I love reading, walking/hiking, and exploring museums and NYC. In church, I serve our high school church school class and chant and serve in the altar where needed.

Keith LaRue

Keith LaRue

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 PM 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.

John Dixon

John Dixon

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 PM EDT

I am a cybersecurity engineer at American Agcredit in Wichita, Kansas. I currently serve as a subdeacon at Saint George Cathedral in Wichita. I enjoy playing music, hanging out with my friends, and traveling around the country when there is not a pandemic going on!

Christopher Hansard

Christopher Hansard

Fridays, 8:00-9:00 PM EDT

I direct the research and professional licensing work at the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts. I enjoy playing video games, wrestling with my two little girls, and watching trashy reality TV with my bigger girl. I used to help with the altar boys, but now I only have time to be on the Parish Council because my wife, Leslie, teaches Sunday School.

meet the facilitators

The Women

Jessica Precop-Hendricks

Jessica Precop-Hendricks

Sundays, 8:00-9:00 PM 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.

Hibbah Kaileh

Hibbah Kaileh

Mondays, 8:00-9:00 PM 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).

Katerina Rallis

Katerina Rallis

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM 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!

Lindsey Maria Birdsall

Lindsey Maria Birdsall

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 PM EDT

I’m an OCF alumna (representing 2008/2009 SAB!), and this upcoming school year I’m teaching English at St. Athanasius Academy while I serve as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville, KY. Before the ‘rona, I loved singing with friends and traveling to new museums, restaurants, and hiking trails. These days, I mostly find myself singing in the shower, enjoying board games and dance parties with my spirited six-year-old son, and inviting friends for BBQ in our front yard. I am SO grateful for the friendships I made in OCF back in the day, and I’m excited to get connected again!

Katherine Atty Brasowski

Katherine Atty Brasowski

Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 PM EDT

I am a stay at home mom to three kids (5, 3, 1). I enjoy reading and knitting, and I’m involved in the church choir, preschool programming, and am the humanitarian chair for the parish.

Caroline Mellekas

Caroline Mellekas

Fridays, 8:00-9:00 PM EDT

Along the rocky road of life’s favorite ice cream flavor, I credit my relationship with OCF as a guiding compass into living my Orthodox Christian faith. In fact, that compass has guided me all the way to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity. Memories that are near and dear to my heart (aside from OCF) are serving at Orthodox summer camps, living in New York City, impromptu monastic road trips, backpacking, and quality cups of black coffee. I love listening to stories and seeing when strangers become friends. After recently serving as staff for CrossRoad, I have witnessed the power of community building over Zoom, and keep a beloved St. Porphyrios quote in mind (and heart), “When Christ unites us, distances don’t exist.”