Eastgate's small group Ministry

Eastgate's Connect groups are a weekly source of growth and connection. Check out the list below and contact the Connect Group leader with any questions you might have. They can tell you whether or not their group includes meals, childcare, give you directions, etc. These groups are our main point of connection at Eastgate and the most effective pastoral arm of the church.


Again, Eastgate is not a church with small groups, but a church of small groups. They are called "Connect Groups" and they are largely the way in which we define membership at Eastgate. By becoming a part of a Connect Group, you will find community with like-minded people and truly thrive at Eastgate! 

At Eastgate, we have opportunities for members and visitors to meet on various nights of the week (and our groups are on a semester model, meaning that you choose one group for a 3 month period and then can choose another one the next semester (or stay if you prefer). Our groups range from Bible studies to art classes, and each group is either led by a deacon or overseen by one.  

Connect groups meet weekly but not the week of the first Wednesday each month, since we want to encourage attendance at Outpour. Outpour is Eastgate's monthly night of just worship and prophetic opens-mic ministry. Click here to go to our Worship page and learn more.

Find all 7 of our Connect Groups below along with the leader's info so you can get their address and any instructions. All Eastgate Connect groups are either led by a Deacon or overseen by one.

  • NOW word ladies bible study

    Co-leaders: Jeorgi Smith, Elaine Anderson, &  Pastor Laura Harris Smith

    Overseen by: Deaconess Elaine Anderson

    Mondays 7-9pm contact leader for Location. (but not on Outpour weeks)

    For women, 18 and up

    Women crave sisterhood. And even if your sisterhood-tank is full, a word of encouragement never comes at a bad time. Imagine walking into a place where you are 100% sure you are going to leave having received the love you deserve, the directional word you need and the fellowship you've been missing. Join us!

  • Activating your purpose | Old hickory, TN

    Led by: Pastor Chris Smith

    Monday Evenings 7pm - 9pm, in Old Hickory, TN.

    Activating your Purpose is group designed to educate, equip and activate God’s unique purpose in your life! Come and learn how to have fun using the gift(s) God has given you! They’ll be meeting on Monday nights at 7pm in Old Hickory and will be led by Pastor Chris


  • Ecclesia | Mt. JULIET, TN

    College & Career Adult Group

    Co-leaders Andrew Rodriguez and Nick Herod

    Overseen by Decons Kevin & Christiana Parker

    Wednesday Nights 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Mt. Juliet, TN
    Ecclesia is Eastgate's fellowship for college and career aged adults.  This group is passionate about Jesus and reaching their generation with the message of God's love and power for daily living.  They meet at a variety of locations including college campuses and coffee shops.

  • Book Study Group | "Hinds' Feet on High PLaces" | Old Hickory, TN

    Led by: Jeorgi Smith

    Overseen by Deaconess Dawn Gray

    Thursday nights 7:30pm - 9:00pm in Old Hickory.

    This group will be going through the book "Hinds' Feet on High Places". 

    For more Info:

  • Dinner & Fellowship Group

    Old Hickory, TN

    Led by: Shekinah Svolto Moreira

    Overseen by: Elders Mike & Donna Svolto

    Thursday Nights from 6:30pm-9pm

    This group is all about food, prayer, and fellowship. So, come prepared to leave with your belly's, hearts, and Spirit full! 


  • Men's Group | Donelson, TN

    Led by: Deacon Kevin Parker

    Thursday Nights 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    This group will be a time of connection, discussion, and “manly” fellowship.  


  • Sync Student Ministries | Hermitage, tn

    Co-Ed Connect Group

    We meet in Co-ed small groups on Friday nights at Pastor Jhason & Brittany's Home with the exception of the first Friday of the month which is our corporate service that we call "Sync Night". 

    The Group is led by Sync Leaders:

    Youth Pastoral Assistants: Eric & Hannah Dunn
    Youth Leader: Jude Smith

    Youth Leader: Beth Curtis

    Youth Leader: Abigail McCormick

    Student Leader: Brandon Blumhardt

    Student Leader: Scott Estes

    Overseen by: Pastor Jhason Smith & Brittany Smith

  • Drama Group | TBD

    Led by: Troy & Briana Misklevitz

    Overseen by: Deacon Rucele Consigny

    Location & Time: TBD


  • Marriage group | Gallatin, tn

    Led by: Mark & Claudia Dozier

    Overseen by: Deaconess Elaine Anderson

    Saturday's Evening at 7pm