About New Church Groups

At New Church Groups we are passionate about welcoming people to build spiritual community intentionally through group members sharing love, wisdom, and useful activity. We offer resources and workshops designed to support your connection with the Divine, while helping you foster meaningful relationships with others in your life, in person, online, and around the world.

We envision a world with an increasing number of vibrant, enriching groups where people are actively working on their relationships with the Lord, the Word, and each other – where people can grow spiritually, feel truly connected, and serve in meaningful ways.

Want to contact us? Email us at [email protected] or use the “contact us” form in the header!

About the New Church

New Church Groups is a program sponsored by the Outreach Office of the General Church of the New Jerusalem, headquartered in the Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

The General Church is a new Christian denomination that believes in and follows the teachings of the Lord God Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible – the Word of God in the Old and New Testaments – and the inspired writings of the 18th century theologian Emanuel Swedenborg.

Our passion, principles, and practical application are grounded in love, understanding, and useful service. As Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Learn more at newchurch.org

Our Team

John OdhnerContent Creator
Rev. John L. Odhner has helped write and create many Journey small group programs, is assistant to the pastor of the Bryn Athyn Church and teaches in the local school, and is a songwriter/musician.
Freya WilliamsAssistant Program Manager
Freya Williams is a content editor and creator, works with potential Spiritual Group leaders, and assists New Church Outreach programs. She is a Temple University alumna with a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance.
Nathan GladishLeader Training and Support
Since graduating from Theological School in 1981, Nathan has served as a pastor, preacher, teacher, counselor, officiant, administrator, and “jack-of-all-trades” in a variety of churches around the United States.
Rob AndrewsWeb Master
Rob is retired from a career with Burroughs and Unisys Corporation, serving as Vice-President there. He currently works part-time for the General Church with responsibility for their websites, including newchurch.org and grandhumanproject.org.
Luke DavidVideo Co-Director
Luke helps film, edit, and publish videos about spirituality to help people find their way, connect to others through personal experiences, and encourage goodness in the world. Check out his video podcast, “Spiritable.”
Ben KeesVideo Co-Director
Ben is a filmmaker who helps share ideas and experiences with others. Often behind the scenes, he brings along his fun ideas to all his initiatives. Check out his podcast “Spiritable.”
Pearse FrazierProgram Manager
Rev. Pearse Frazier is the lead program manager at Outreach. He is deeply devoted to building New Church community through small groups.
David LindroothDirector
Rt. Rev. David Lindrooth has been Director of Outreach programs for the General Church for a number of years, and recently began his service as Assistant Bishop on July 1, 2020. He has previously also been a pastor in various locations in the US and Sweden.