We believe that small groups will help the members of Oak Valley Baptist Church mature beyond our vertical relationship with Christ into the deeper levels of intimacy with each other. We also believe that these small groups will help people experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ, discuss his word, and bond with one another in a completely new way (Luke 24).


Soarers and Explorers (Every 2 weeks on Sun at 12:45PM)

Do you wish to soar like an eagle and rise above where you have been in life? Are you ready to pick up that paintbrush and design a new canvas for your life? Or maybe you are interested in developing a deeper understanding of God in a relaxed environment that encourages freedom to learn from a variety of perspectives…If so, SOARERS AND EXPLORERS is the place for you!

Facilitators:  Ella DuBose, Kowetha Mack

Dates: 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19

Meeting Location:  Willie Threat Conference Room (in-person and Zoom)

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 835 8752 8721

Passcode: 460344

Fresh Insights (Every 2 weeks on Sun at 12:45PM)

This group is intended for people who have a basic understanding of scripture and are ready to go deeper in their study and beyond the surface in their understanding of the Bible as Kingdom Disciples.

Facilitator:  Tony Miller and Davyda Hammond

Dates: 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19

Meeting Location: Hal Williams Conference Center (in-person and Zoom)


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 811 3271 9534

Passcode: 785093

Game Changers (Virtual) Small Group (Every two weeks on Sun at 3:00 PM) – Zoom Only

This Virtual Small Group is a new addition to our small group ministries. If you are a member of Oak Valley, an online visitor, or other affiliate and live outside of our local community, you are encouraged to join this distinctive group of believers where you can benefit from bible studies, relationship building, and fellowship. As growth opportunities are defined, you will discover rewarding ways to strengthen your faith journey and serve in community building.

Facilitators: Steffany Thomas, Vanita Stevens, Ella DuBose

Dates: 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19

Meeting Location:  Zoom Only

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 842 4972 9288

Passcode: 616705

Me, Myself, and I AM (Every 2 weeks on Mon at 11:30AM)

Are you looking for a place where single adults embrace their season of singlehood and learn to better understand this unique opportunity for spiritual and personal growth as well as total commitment to God! If you are dating, engaged, widowed, divorced, never been married, and/or a single parent who look for encouraging ways to live a healthy and satisfying single life, then ME, MYSLEF AND “I AM” is the group for you!

Facilitator: Arnetha Johnson

Dates: 9/24, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20

Meeting Location:  Willie Threat Conference Room (in person & zoom)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 894 3602 1243

Passcode: 276792

New Discoveries (Every 2 weeks on Mon at 6:30PM)

If you are well-versed in the Bible but ready to go deeper in God’s Word, uncover hidden gems in Scripture, discover new truths, tackle more difficult spiritual concepts or receive a fresh revelation of God’s Word in your life, then…NEW DISCOVERIES is right for you!

Facilitators: Davyda Hammond

Dates: 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20

Meeting Locations: Fellowship Hall (In person & zoom)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 813 1168 2429

Passcode: 011171

Wounded Warriors (Every 2 weeks on Tue at 6:30PM)

If you desire a deeper understanding of God’s Word and want to grow in Him but are struggling to overcome significant loss, then WOUNDED WARRIORS Small Group is for you. We will take the lessons slowly, looking at God’s Word in the painful context of grief and loss, and experience the new life that reminds us of why the grave has no victory!

Facilitator: Pastor Derrick Hammond

Dates: 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21

Meeting Location:  by Zoom only

 Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 897 6828 1208

Passcode: 741818

Hymns and Hats (Every 2 weeks on Wed at 2:00PM)

Do you miss the days when everyone wore hats, gloves, and wingtips to church, or long for those old hymns, anthems, and Sunday School banners? If you believe that the church has progressed but appreciate how our faith is rooted in the wisdom of our elders and in church tradition. If so, we invite you to join the Hymns and Hats Small Group where we will discuss how to continue growing in our spiritual walk through the Golden Years and how to make an impact in 21st Century ministry!

Facilitator: Ella DuBose

Dates:  9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22

Meeting Location:  Willie Threat Conf. Rm. (in person & zoom)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 820 2225 7836

Passcode: 710601

Iron Sharpeners (Men’s Group – Every 2 weeks on Thurs at 6:30PM)

This is a unique opportunity for brothers of the church and community to come together in their own space and with varying experiences for the purpose of growing in unity and strength in the LORD! The goal is to foster an environment to share in unusual ways over biblical principles and create a new or better understanding of God’s Word and his plans for each of their lives. There is a “seat at the table” for each person and we want to discover the power and effectiveness of stepping into leadership roles and being an example for our future.

Facilitator:  Pastor Derrick Hammond and Ralph Mack

Dates: 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23

Meeting Location:  Hal Williams Conference Center (in person & zoom)


Meeting ID: 878 7568 1891

Passcode: 170148

NEW Group!

Young Adults (Every 2 weeks on Thu.)

Facilitator:  Carly and Brandon Hambrick

Dates: 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23

Meeting Location: Willie Threat Room (in person preferred)


Meeting ID: 894 1857 6098

Passcode: 114321

Sure Grasp (Every 2 weeks on Sat at 11AM)

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed while studying the Bible on your own, like it is too much to digest in one swallow? The SURE GRASP Small Group is for believers who value quality over quantity in studying God Word; those who want to fully unpack spiritual concepts and Bible stories to ensure a complete understanding. This group’s motto is: “Slow and steady will make us right and ready!”

Facilitator: Clifford Davis and Gwen Campbell

Dates: 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25

Meeting Location: Zoom only

Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 838 1243 8365

Passcode: 415353


Frequently Asked Questions

Small groups foster close relationships. The small group atmosphere is ready-made for building friendships. People are quick to recognize needs, and help to meet them. The relationships formed within small groups form a strong fabric within a church. Relationships that are formed outside of the setting of a church service, are relationships that will endure and strengthen over time.

Small groups provide a way for Christians to live out their faith instead of merely hearing more preaching and teaching. If Sunday morning is for listening, then the rest of the week is for living. Small groups create a context for Christians to live out their faith in real life and share in the practical aspect of the Christian Faith.

Small groups allow for mutual edification among believers. It’s easy to depend upon the professionals to give us our spiritual food. According to the Bible, God gives spiritual gifts to all believers, not just the person who preaches on Sunday morning. These gifts are for the benefit of the whole church. Every Christian should minister to together Christians with his or her gifts. This happens most naturally, effectively, and purposefully in small groups. Plus, we start to realize that other believers face the same problems we do. “Edification of the body of Christ” is at work.

Small groups meet wherever is convenient for that group to meet (zoom, homes, church parks, restaurants, coffee shops or office buildings). The group facilitator will work with the group to select a mutual meeting place that best fits the purpose of the group. Wherever you meet, you are the church in action!

Childcare will vary from group to group and will be determined at the group level.

No, you do not have to be a member of OVBC to join a Small Group. Members, however, will receive priority when spaces are limited.

At the beginning of each term, open invitations are made via public announcement and personal invitation. After that, joining a group is easy! Simply contact a group leader or the church office at 865-483-5162 or email to see if an opening is available.