In Community

At Hessel, Growth Groups are our primary relationship building and personal growth venues.

Our growth groups are designed to be a place where you make new, lifelong friends and grow upward towards Christ, inward towards each other and outward towards the world.

We believe it’s better to “Follow Jesus and be His Presence” together with other believers. If you’re looking to be challenged, loved and encouraged towards Christ come join one of our Growth Groups and start your journey!

Take a Look at These Stories of Life Change

Groups now meeting throughout the week

(Not all have room for additional folks, but you’ll see the extent of our Growth Group offerings)


Matthew & Sharon Junkel – Santa Rosa

Meets the 1st & 3rd Sunday from 5:30-8pm

Email Matt and Sharon


 Irv & Pat Kvalheim – Petaluma/Sebastopol

Meets the 2nd & 4th Sunday from 6-8pm

Email Irv and Pat


Jeff & Tina Dow – Petaluma

Meets every other Tuesday from 6:30-8:30

Email Jeff and Tina



2nd and 4th Tuesday at 10:30am
Hessel Church (Fireside room)
Email John Brandenburg


Rich & Laurie Cundall – Hessel

Meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm

Email Rich


Jerry & Kay Peterson – Sebastopol

Meets every Wednesday from 1-3pm

Email Jerry and Kay


Rich & Linda Scudero – Santa Rosa

Meets 3 times a month on Wednesdays from 7-9pm

Email the Scuderos


Jerry & Diana Briggs – Sebastopol

Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday from 7-9pm

Email Jerry and Diana


Ben & Lauren Steele – Sebastopol (Hessel neighborhood)

Meets 2 times a month on Thursday from 6-8pm

Email Ben and Lauren


Terry & Susan Tomasini – Rohnert Park

Meets every Thursday from 7-9pm

Email Terry and Susan


Stan & Lynda Higgins / James & Laura Skiles – Santa Rosa

Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday from 6-8pm

Email Stan


Mike & Michele Bishop – Santa Rosa

Meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday from 7-9pm

Email Mike


Sal & Carole Borruso – Hessel

Meets the 1st & 3rd Friday from 7-9pm

Email Sal and Carole


Paul & Cindy Chandler – Sebastopol

Meets 2 times a month on Saturday from 4-6pm

Email the Chandlers


College / Young Adult – Hessel

Meets every Saturday from 6:30-9pm 

Email Pastor Steve


Thursday –  @ 9:30am

Childcare available for the morning groups only

Janie Phillips, Shawna Swafford and Adria Bishop

Nehemiah | Sermon on the Mount | Breathe


Mary Cooney 



Kathy Ecklund, Katie Iroala and Loreen Whirley

Fundamentals | Woman of Strength


Kitty Jones, Glenn Glenn and Natalie Varner

1 & 2 Corinthians

Thursday – Womens @ 7:00pm

Sarah Merkel, Linda Wayman and Cindy Wilde



Kathy Atkinson and Lynda Jones

Promised Land | Live Fearlessly | Dust of the Rabbi


Men’s Prayer Breakfast – Shari’s Restaurant, RP

Meets every Tuesday from 7-8am

Email Norm


Mitch Rush – Hessel

Meets every Thursday from 7-9pm

Email Steve Danelz


Erick Podchernikoff – Sebastopol

Meets every Friday from 7-9pm

Email Erick

Growth Group Contact

Think you'd like to join a Growth Group?

Submit this questionnaire and we'll put you in contact with groups that fit your criteria. Feel free to visit them and see what you think.


Questions? Email Mike Bishop.