connect groups

Beginning in October

Joining a Connect Group is an opportunity for you to deepen your faith and develop meaningful friendships. Beginning the week of October 1, groups meet for seven weeks for Bible study, prayer, encouragement, and friendship. 

This fall, Connect Groups will study "Pressure Points" by Chip Henderson, a DVD Bible study of the Book of James. 

PRESSURE POINTS: Pressure is nothing new. But rather than allowing it to crush their faith, James beckoned first-century believers to let the pressures of life push them deeper in their journey with Jesus. The Book of James beckons you, too. Open your heart and life to the truth of God's Word and deal positively with the pressure points in your life. Learn how to keep sin, frustration, harsh words, and wrong actions from ruining lives and hurting others. Pressure doesn't have to dismantle your faith; rather it can lead you to experience the presence and power of God like never before.

THE AUTHOR: Dr. Chip Henderson is the senior pastor and primary teacher at Pinelake Church in Missouri. He is committed to biblical teaching that can be applied to everyday life. Learn more about Dr. Chip Henderson. 

Meet the Leaders

Groups begin meeting the week of October 1. Meeting dates, times, and locations vary. Take a look at the groups below and contact Anne Havrilla to sign up for one that fits your schedule. (Groups with an asterisk indicate homes with pets.)

  • Sharon & rich power*

    GROUP MEETS: Sundays, 3 pm in Basking Ridge

    Sharon and Rich have been members of Liberty Corner Church for over 20 years and have raised two daughters, Kristen and Katie, at church. Both daughters have now graduated from Penn State and are working in New York City and Pittsburgh respectively in finance and supply chain management. Rich is a current Trustee at the church and serves on the Nominating Committee. Sharon previously chaired the Nominating Committee and was on the People Committee, formerly Personnel, for six years and is now serving on Stewardship. Both Sharon and Rich participate in Bible studies and Rich has led a Connect Group for two years in their home. They also served as hosts for the last two "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" socials. In addition, they are busy with their consulting practice. 

  • Melinda & Philip Gillespie*

    GROUP MEETS: Sundays, 7 pm in Bernardsville

    Melinda and Philip have been married for 25 years and have three children, ages 17,19, and 21, and a lovable dog named Sadie. They have lived in Bernardsville for 18 years and have attended Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church for most of that time. Philip is originally from North Carolina and works as CFO for a chemical company. Melinda is originally from Indiana and was a commercial designer before becoming a homemaker. Philip is an avid golfer and Melinda is a tennis enthusiast.

  • Jane kolarik and Anne havrilla*

    GROUP MEETS: Tuesdays, 7 pm in Basking Ridge

    Jane Kolarik first began attending LCPC in 2004 at the invitation of her neighbor, and joined the church the following year. This will be the fourth time leading a Connect Group with Pastor Anne! She has a daughter, Hannah, 19, who attends Gettysburg College. Jane is enjoying a brief retirement, waiting on God for what is next! In this space, she is relearning and playing bridge, spending time with family and friends, playing with Shadow (her well-behaved Labradoodle), and doing lots of reading and cooking.

  • Mary & Chris Marchant*

    GROUP MEETS: Thursday at 7 pm in Basking Ridge

    Mary likes working out, bike riding, swimming, gardening, and eating clean. Chris is a plumber by trade and enjoys running when he has the time. Both Mary and Chris are involved with Stephen Ministry. 

  • Barbara & Bill Canada

    GROUP MEETS: Fridays, 7-9 pm in Basking Ridge

    Barbara is a retired RN and substitute school nurse. She has four adult children and eight grandchildren. Barbara's children live in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Florida. Her son, Dan, is a West Point grad who worked with Samaritan's Purse overseeing the Operation Christmas Child work in part of Asia, and planning and obtaining equipment for emergengies in the US. He was also a North Carolina State Senator, before resigning to spend more time with his family. 

    Barbara is married to Bill Canada, who also has four grown children, one of whom is Chair of Drama at Gill-St. Bernards School, and one who is the new acting support of the Clinton, NJ school district. Barbara and Bill have been married for eight years this October.


  • Elizabeth & stuart White

    GROUP MEETS: Fridays at 7:30 pm in Basking Ridge

    Stuart and Elizabeth White have two children, Katie (7) and Nathan (5) are excited to run a Connect Group again and hope that others will also enjoy sharing interesting views, learning from others and the course material, and making new friends. The cakes and chat are a bonus!