Connect Groups 2018-01-21T01:42:35+00:00

Plant City Church of God
Connect Groups, Classes, and Ministries

Connect Groups Pastor JD/Angie Woodside
Please note: To lead a study group, either ongoing or for a future term, please see Pastor JD or Angie Woodside. We offer training to help you.

Christian Education ** Cheryl Johnston
Every Plant City Church of God class is a Connect Group, so PCCoG encourages all to plug into our 9AM Sunday School or 7PM Wednesday classes. You’ll form new friendships and discover new truths for your life. For a complete listing, view the Christian Education section of this catalog.

Crochet Group Brenda McInnis
The crochet group meets every other week on Tuesdays for instruction and to create handmade items for themselves and others. Examples to share include Lap blankets, newborn baby caps and headbands, etc. Join them from 6:30 – 8:00PM in the church conference room.

Fortify Julian Brownlow & Josiah Colon
This Bible study for younger men, teens to late 20s, meets in the Soul’d Out building on Tuesday nights at 6:30PM.

GriefShare Dolores Stropagel
This support group meets Tuesday evenings weekly for the 10-session DVD series, followed by discussion, prayer and encouragement. Join those who’ve suffered loss to learn how God restores us in tough times. Open to all, simply find your safe place in room 14 at 6:00 PM and expect to learn.

Handbells  – Cindy Smith
Beginning September 26, those interested in learning handbells should meet in the choir ready room at 6:45PM on Mondays. Practice continues until 8:15PM.

Jr.KIDS Church ** Mallory Gay
Our children ages 3-5 worship from 10AM to 12:30PM on Sundays through Bible lessons and activities. Volunteers** are always appreciated.

KIDS Church** Pastor Greg/Billie Jo Davis
KIDS Church children worship Sundays from 10:00AM until approximately 12:30PM. Volunteers ensure those in grades K-6 enjoy Bible teaching, object lessons, and earning KIDS cash as they learn about God. Outreaches include the annual Spring Extreme children’s revival, summer movie trips, and other adventures that help our children and families connect.

Men of the Word Bible Study Jonathan Wright
On Tuesdays weekly at 6:30PM, great men gather in the choir ready room for Bible study, camaraderie and encouragement. All are welcome.

Mpact Girls Clubs* Lisa Varnum & Team
Rainbows. Daisies, Prims and Stars meet Wednesdays @7PM. The girls in Pre-K through Grade 6 learn Biblical principles and earn badges for their lessons. To enroll your child or volunteer, please call 813-752-4591.

Nursing Home Ministry Marilyn Diana & Team
Group members meet third Fridays monthly at Solaris Health Center of Plant City to share friendship, hymn-singing and devotional Bible teaching with residents and those in rehabilitation.

Rise Up Men’s Prayer Group Chuck Hall
Each Saturday @8AM, men gather to pray for everything He has impressed them to pray about. Some also enjoy breakfast afterward in a local restaurant for friendship, good conversation, and laughter.

Royal Rangers ** Tony Holt, Sr.
This scouting-style program helps young males develop Christ-like character and servant leadership skills. Ranger Kids, Discovery Rangers, and Adventure Rangers meet Wednesdays @7PM to earn badges, develop spiritually, and apply Biblical principles to their lives. Activities include camping, Pinewood Derby competitions, exploration outings, games, Scripture memorization and Bible study. Call 813-752-4591 to enroll or volunteer.

Scuba Diving Group COMING SOON Brad Varnum
All are welcome to enjoy friendship during scuba trips to area springs and beaches.

Sewing Group Carol Hunt
All who sew or desire to learn or help are welcome to make pillowcase dresses for little girls in Haiti. The group connects weekly Mondays at 10AM in the fellowship hall. Feel free to bring your portable machine, scissors, etc.

SOLO Singles Bob/Diane Boyer
The SOLOs meet weekly on Friday nights at 6:30 in the fellowship hall for dinner, Bible study, prayer and friendship. Periodically, they go bowling, fishing, or take trips to movies, the beach or the park. All are welcome, including couples, on Friday nights and 9:00AM Sundays in room 3.

Soul’d Out Youth** Pastor Scott/Nikki Campbell
Our youth meet Wednesdays and Sundays weekly in their very own building (with café) for Bible study, prayer, fellowship and fun. The Campbells and their team help students, grades 6-12, grow spiritually and enjoy interest teams such as drama, technology, music, evangelism, outreach, sporting competitions, and Teen Talent.

T.A.G. Aimee Sumner
T.A.G., (“The Anointed Generation”) is our KIDS Church praise team. The group practices Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in room 17. With coordinated movements, students learn to sing, sign, and present dramas. And our congregation loves watching their confidence grow.

Titus 2 Women Sheila Winter
Titus 2 Women meet Wednesday nights weekly at 7:00 PM in room 16 for Bible study, prayer and friendship. The ladies love this class because Sheila is such a passionate Bible teacher (and one of the most giving women you’ll ever meet) and members grow by sharing what God is doing in their lives.

Volleyball Teams Jeremy Bendorf
All are welcome to compete in Friday night games in East Tampa.

Women of Devotion
Bible teaching, intercessory prayer and friendship are the primary purposes for which the Women of Devotion connect each weekly Tuesday at 9:30AM in room 16. All women are welcome, regardless of the church they attend.

Worship Arts Ministry Pastor JD/Angie Woodside
The Music Ministry of the Plant City Church of God unites many individuals together for one ultimate purpose: To magnify the name of Jesus!

The Woodsides lead our Worship Arts Ministry which involves:
++ Adult Choir and Youth Choir ++ Dramas/Musicals
++ Praise & Worship Band / Singers ++ Special Singing Groups
++ Special Children’s Choirs ++ Media Team
In addition to planning for sanctuary services, they also organize events such as Red Back Hymnal Sings, Talent Showcase Evenings, and Flash Mob caroling for Christmas. If you love music, this is the perfect connect group. The scheduled weekly rehearsal time for Choir/Band is on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For details, e-mail

Christian Education **
Connection Hour Sunday School
Inner Act Wednesday Nights
(Volunteers teachers in ministries noted with ** have been background screened.)

Every Plant City Church of God class is considered a Connect Group. Attending classes on Sunday mornings at 9AM and Wednesday nights at 7PM helps us to know our church family. Everyone is encouraged to grow in God by plugging into a Sunday School or Wednesday Family Night class. At Plant City Church of God, our mission is to “Love, Connect, and Serve.”

Sunday Mornings 9AM
Christian Education Office Copies & Attendance Ed/Peggy Geschke
Classes for Adults

Connections and Conversations with Pastor Robinson
(Meets both of two Sundays following Pastors’ Breakfast Sunday)

Harvesters Adults Room 16 Frank Pierce
Heart of Worship Adults Choir Room The Woodsides
The Journey Adults Room 14 Jeremy Bendorf
Encouraging Word Adults Room 17-18 Doug McDonald
Foundations of Faith Adults Room 1 Dwane Swindal
SOLO Singles Room 3 Bob & Diane Boyer
Keepin’ the Fire College/Career Room 5 Earl Burkett

Classes for Youth and Children**

Soul’d Out Youth Grades 6-12 Soul’d Out Campbells/ Staff

Upper Elementary Grades 4-5 Room 8 Eliseo Colon
Mid-Elementary Grades 2-3 Room 4-B The Winters
Early Elementary Grades K-1 Room 10 The Abrahams
Pre-Schoolers Ages 3-5 Room 9 Bethany Yates

Nursery/Toddlers Newborn to 3 Room 6-7 Leslie Whitfield

Adult Class Fellowship Hall Pastors Jeff and Carla Robinson
Titus 2 Women Room 16 Sheila Winter
Choir Practice Sanctuary Pastors JD & Angie Woodside
Musicians Practice Choir Room Pastors JD & Angie Woodside

Soul’d Out Youth ** Soul’d Out Pastors Scott Nikki Campbell**

Royal Rangers ** Tony Holt, Sr.
Ranger Kids (K-2) Room 3 Tony Pippin
Discovery Rangers (Gr 3-5) Room 4-A David Jett, Ken Winter
Jerry Johnson, Tony Holt,
Adventure Rangers (Gr 6+) Room 5 Wallace Frier, Mark Jett
Derek Yates, J. Connors

MPact Clubs ** Lisa Varnum
Rainbows (Co-ed ages 3-5) Room 9 A. Strickland; A. Norris
Daisies (Kindergarten) Room 10 T. Todd, T.Wooten
Prims (Grades 1-2) Room 8 Linda Salter, Dee Driggers
Stars (Grades 3,4,5) Room 4-B L. Varnum, Brysty Maxwell

TAG Praise Team (K-5) ** Room 17 Aimee Sumner
Nursery / Toddlers ** Room 6-7 Leslie Whitfield
Choir Child-Care ** Room 17 Amanda Norris
(8-9:15PM) Marilyn Santana

(Volunteers/teachers serving in ministries notated ** have been screened.)

Bereavement & Benevolence Faye Judah
This ministry ensures grieving families can enjoy a comforting meal after a funeral or Celebration of Life service. Volunteers plan, prepare food and serve in the fellowship hall following services. They smile, encourage, and set up / clean up. They also respond when families struggle with other issues. To help, call 813-752-4591.

First Impressions (Welcoming/Hospitality) Brysty/Jeremy Maxwell
Our welcoming teens and adults greet at the PCCoG entrances on Sundays so people experience the joy that lives here. We’re always looking for friendly folks to help us accomplish this mission.

“Keepin’ the Fire” College & Career Ministry Earl/Carolyn Burkett
This young adult class meets Sunday mornings at 9AM in room 5 for Bible study, prayer and friendship. They also enjoy outreaches and social gatherings for dinner, cookouts, movies, trips, and sporting events.

Men of Action Pastor Scott Campbell
Our men team up to meet practical needs for those who need a little help. They also work on church beautification projects. For friendship fun, its sports and outings. All men are welcome to get involved.

Media Team Pastor JD Woodside
Did you know a team of approximately 15 folks volunteer weekly to make certain our video and audio technology functions properly for church services and special functions? We’re always looking for faithful helpers, and you don’t have to be a techie. We train you!

Missions Ministry Earl Burkett
Our Missions Board sponsors events and fundraisers for missions. Volunteers are always welcome, and everyone can donate.

Nursery/Toddlers Ministry ** Leslie Whitfield & Team
Oh, how we love children at Plant City Church of God. Volunteers serve by rocking babies, playing with toddlers, and ensuring every child’s safety.

Operation Compassion Dolores Stropagel
Our food bank ministry offers groceries to those in need. Volunteers share God’s love at the 4:00-5:30 PM distribution Sunday afternoons in the Soul’d Out building. Call 813-752-4591 for details.

Parrish Nursing Ministry ** Joan Connors
A volunteer team of career nurses provide blood pressure checks at several church wide events. Call 813-752-4591 to offer your help.

Pastors’ Breakfast Susan Gales
Newcomers can meet our Pastors and enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the church conference room at 9:00AM the first Sunday monthly. It’s helpful to call 813-752-4591 with the size of your group, but not required. We desire to help you feel connected quickly!

Plant City Academy of the Arts ** Sandra Waldron
Private lessons for piano, guitar, violin, drums and voice are offered weekday afternoons. Recitals are presented twice annually. Contact Sandra at 813-986-3093 or

Prayer Ministry Chuck Hall
Help team members pray for our church services, families, community, nation and other requests.

Pregnancy Care Center
Women from our church reach out to new mothers who have visited the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City. The group makes care baskets, baby blankets, and phone calls for encouragement.

SAGE (Senior Adults—Godly Examples) Frank & Susan Gales
Our senior citizens love to gather for food, fellowship, outings and fun. This happy group welcomes everyone to join in, to connect, and to build new friendships. Events are typically broadcast in the bulletin

Sister2Sister Lisa Herrin
Our Plant City Church of God Women’s Ministry includes the Titus 2 Women and Women of Devotion classes, along with Sister2Sister events for ladies here and in our community. Examples include an annual retreat, FriendZy interest classes, and Girls Night Out events. Women of every age are invited to connect through Sister2Sister.

Translation Ministry Esther Sandoval
Translation in Spanish is available for our 10:15AM Sunday worship services in the sanctuary. Find Esther in the balcony for a headset.

Widows / Widowers Lisa Herrin
Through ongoing friendships and gatherings, we minister to those who’ve lost a spouse. Make a connection and enjoy sending cards, sharing a meal, or visiting. We can’t have too many new friends!

Words as Worship Pen Pals Cheryl Johnston
Open to all, this group sends “Hope in an Envelope” through letters to the homebound, deployed military, and orphaned children. Those over 18 may also write to the incarcerated requesting a Christian pen pal. If you’d like to encourage those who need to know how much Christ loves them, contact to help.

Words as Worship Writers Cheryl Johnston
Writers can share Jesus through their God-given gift by publishing articles, devotionals, poetry and stories that strengthen faith. Writing instruction and critique sessions are also available. E-mail

See a group you’d like to join? Just email and a connect group leader will contact you! Or feel free to call us at 813-752-4591

Connect Groups – Fall Semester 2016
Please sign up in the lobby or email