Community Groups

There’s a saying that “small groups are the backbone of the church." Our Community Groups provide the structural support system for accountability to personal spiritual growth, where we encourage each other toward Christlikeness in genuine and trusted relationships.

We strive for spiritual health and authenticity in our relationships here at The Garden, to provide not only an entry point into our vibrant church life, but also strength, encouragement, and joy throughout life’s various seasons.

The fall term of Community Groups begins in September.  All current rosters will roll over from the spring term, so if you were a member of a Community Group last term, there is no need to register.  Just make sure that you are in touch with your Community Group leader(s).

If you are new and are interested in joining a Community Group, registration begins Sunday, August 22nd (space is limited).

Track A begins the week of Monday, September 6th (women's, co-ed, and GYA groups)
Track B begins the week of Monday, September 13th (men's groups)

Please contact us if you have any questions:

Coronavirus UPDATE:
For this term, Community Groups will meet differently according to the specific needs and decisions of each group, either 1) in-person, 2) hybrid mode, or 3) virtually using the Zoom platform.

If you are not a part of Community Groups but are interested in joining one, we would love to have you be a part of our community!  If you want to socially connect with others and get involved with spiritual growth and prayer, especially during this time of mandated physical distancing, please contact us and we’ll get you connected.

Pastor Mike Yamamoto

 

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Community Groups

Alan Wang & David Ro

Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Simi Valley

IN-PERSON

My name is Alan Wang.  I am married to Caroline and have one daughter and one son (middle school and elementary). I live in Simi Valley and lead a men’s group that meets every other Thursday evening for men in various life stages. Please feel free to reach out to me if you are interested.

Fav Food: Sushi
Fav Movie: Gladiator
Fav Hobby/Sport: Mountain Biking

My name is David Ro. My wife Queena and I live in Simi Valley. We have 3 daughters, Ashlyn, Kalyssa and Saydee. I am co-leading a men's group that meets every other Thursday night. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Fav food: Anything spicy
Fav movie: The Karate Kid
Fav hobby/sport: MMA, basketball

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Allison Pak & Julie Chun

Friday, 7:30pm - 9:30pm | Porter Ranch

 

IN-PERSON (THIS GROUP IS FULL)

Hi, I’m Allison Pak.  My husband Jin and I live in Porter Ranch with our energetic daughter, Claire. Julie and I lead a women’s only group that meets every other Friday evening at my home.  We would like us to connect and grow together in the faith, knowledge, and love of Jesus Christ.

Hey there! My name is Julie Chun, and I am excited to be co-leading CG with Allie. My husband Ray and I are busy but blessed parents to 3 sweet, spirited kiddos - Audrey (11), Matty (6), and Nicky (4). We welcome you to join us in building an intimate, authentic community in Christ where we strive to encourage each other through the Word, prayer, and some pretty good food. ;)

Allison:
Fav Food: Sushi
Fav Movie: “Chick Flicks”
Fav Hobby/Sport: Project Life-Scrapbooking

Julie:
Fav Food: Anything with noodles
Fav Movie: Anything by Baz Luhrmann
Fav Hobby/Sport: Biking w/ the family, crafting, party planning

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Charles Kim & Jay Ahn

Monday, 7:30pm - 9:30pm | Porter Ranch

VIRTUAL (ON ZOOM)

We are very excited to lead a men's group that meets every other Monday in Porter Ranch. We look forward to our men's group to share, bond, and grow together in Christ. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. -Charles & Jay

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Dennis Wee & Terry Park

Friday, 7:30pm - 9:30pm | Porter Ranch

VIRTUAL (ON ZOOM)

Hello, Garden Brothers! We are Dennis Wee and Terry Park. We are excited to lead a men's group that meets every other Friday in Porter Ranch. Our goal through our CG meetings is for each brother to encourage each other, be accountable and grow as men of Christ. Please feel free to reach out to both of us if you have any questions.

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Dianne Kleppinger & Pastor Mike & Mayu Yamamoto

Sunday, 1:30pm - 3:00pm | Chatsworth

VIRTUAL (ON ZOOM)

We are Dianne, Mayu, and Mike.  We are leading the Sunday afternoon CG this year.  For anyone who finds it difficult to belong to a midweek CG, we invite you to join us.  We look forward to building community with you.

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Eric & Mindy Cheng & Mario Listiawan

Friday, 7:30pm - 10:00pm | Porter Ranch

IN-PERSON

Hello -- we’re Eric and Mindy Cheng.  Fifteen years of marriage and three kids later, we’re still young at heart and on fire for God.  Eric is passionate about worship and teaching God’s Word.  Mindy has a heart of hospitality and service.  Every Friday evening, we will be hosting a brand-new CG for single brothers and sisters.  Our hope is to grow a vibrant spiritual family where each member can deeply engage with God, with one another, and with the broader community.  We invite you to join us, roll up your sleeves, and ENGAGE!

Hello, I'm Mario Listiawan, I have the privilege of leading the co-ed Young Adults group with both Eric and Mindy Cheng. My prayer and hope is that you will be able to be engaged, and find a community to belong (to grow in faith and fellowship with one another). I'm a huge board game fan and a big foodie. Hit me up if you like to play some games and try new places to eat.  

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Galen & Helen Lim

Monday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Simi Valley

 

VIRTUAL (ON ZOOM)

Hello, we are Galen and Helen Lim, and welcome to our Co-ed community group for married couples.

Galen
Favorite Food: NY steak and Kalbi
Favorite Hobby/Sport: guitar and golf

Helen
Favorite Food: Galen's grilled steaks and omelets 
Favorite Hobby: drinking coffee and travel

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Jin Pak & Ray Chun

Friday, 7:30pm - 9:30pm | Porter Ranch

IN-PERSON

Hi, I’m Jin Pak (left). Allison, my wife, and I live in Porter Ranch with our energetic 10-year-old daughter, Claire. Raymond Chun (right), my co-lead, lives in Chatsworth with his wife, Julie, and their 3 wonderful children (Audrey, Mathew and Nicholas).

We co-lead a men’s only group that meets every other Friday evening. We would like to connect and grow together in the faith, knowledge, and love of Jesus Christ.

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