Everyone needs meaningful relationships in order to be healthy and grow. Life Groups meet regularly throughout the community in homes, coffee shops, parks, sports fields, the workplace, or elsewhere to encourage and support one another in their spiritual journey.
If you are interested in leading or starting a Life Group please see Pastor Shawn McCracken or email him: Shawn


See where you may fit here in our current Life Group directory:


Bible Study Women’s Life Group

Target: Women

Description: Consists of women who desire to “dig deeper” into God’s word through organized Bible Studies

Leader: Cara Gordon (email her: Cara)

When: Thursdays @ 10 am Where: Cara Gordon’s home (589 Guerrant St. Umatilla)

Extreme Life
Target: All (especially for older adults) Description: Focuses on building relationships and helping people find their purpose and passions in life and acting upon them.  This life group is warm and accepting of everyone and welcomes anyone who needs a family to join them.  A typical meeting involves fellowship, sharing of prayer needs, testimonies about what God is doing in the lives of the group members and a lot of laughter.    
Leaders: Bobby and Kim Linn (email: Kim)
When: Mondays @ 7 pm; meal together @ 6 pm Where: Bobby & Kim’s House (18101 Tuck-A-Way Ln., Umatilla)


Foundations of Our Faith Life Group

Target: New attenders and/or new believers Description: A 5 week study that is designed to help new attenders of the Church at Whistling Pines and new believers learn “what we believe.”  In this class we cover such core doctrinal beliefs of CWP such as the Trinity, the working of the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, the gospel, baptism, and the church. 

Leader: Pastor Shawn McCracken (email: Shawn)

When: New rotation will be announced. If you desire to be apart of the next one, Let Shawn know Where: The Church at Whistling Pines

Jesus Christ Road Dogs

Target: All (not just motorcyclists) Description: Group of motorcycle enthusiasts who ‘Ride to Live and Live for Christ’.  Started over 5 years ago the group has grown to have membership in many different churches in the Northeast Lake County area.  The JC Road Dogs organize motorcycle rides (usually on the weekends) and also hold regular Bible Studies.  They also do a tremendous amount for local charities and causes that they feel led to support.  You don’t have to have a motorcycle to join!  They welcome all to join them at any time.
Leader: Rick (Big Daddy) Davis (email: Big Daddy)
When:  1st Thursdays @ 7 pm Where: Bridges Church in Tavares  (Check schedule for monthly rides)

Kathy’s Bike Club

Target: Physically fit bicylists Description: Group that enjoys the great outdoors that God has provided for us here in Central Florida through recreational bicycle riding. It has been proven that exercise and nature release endorphins which help a lot of people with depression. We also go to lunch and talk about what is going on in our lives and encourage one another. Members of the Life Group can bring up whatever is on their heart and walk away encouraged and loved on.
Leader: Kathy Stadler (email: Kathy)
When: Check with Kathy for dates and times Where: Various bike trails


Ladies’ Life Group
Target: Women of all ages
Description: This is a ladies only Life Group that meets once per month for a covered dish lunch. We come together to share food and fellowship. We enjoy spending time with friends and making new friends. We pray together and encourage each other.
Leader: Brenda Williams (email: Brenda) When: Third Wednesdays of each month @ 11:30 am
Where: Location varies

Narcotics Anonymous

Target: Recovering addicts Description: Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.
Leader: Varies          When: Sunday evenings @ 7 pm
Where: The Church at Whistling Pines

Precepts Bible Study Life Group

Target: Everyone Description: Group made up of individuals from various churches who wish to do an in depth study of the Bible, book by book. The study is done with a workbook and watching DVDs  taught by Kay Arthur. Classes normally run 6 weeks.
Leader: Kathy Bronson (email: Kathy)
When: Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm
Where: Kathy Bronson’s house (41415 Silver Drive, Umatilla)
TDA Life Group
Target: Everyone (whether you are young in the Lord or mature and every level in between)
Description:  Want to know more about the Bible? What we believe? We’ll dive into questions and Scripture with lots of Teaching, Discussion, and Absorption: all while being disciples who enter into each other’s lives!
Leader: Pastor Shawn McCracken (email: Shawn)
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm
Where: Jane Mallory’s house (1901 Pine Meadows Golf Course Road, Eustis)

Target: Middle and High School Students

Description: This is a fun environment for middle and high school kids to come and grow in their faith; to learn to live out their faith; and to feel comfortable inviting their friends. This Life Group is a place they can build relationships and share experiences with others their age.