While We're Waiting Support Groups



Another aspect of the While We're Waiting ministry is our faith-based support groups for bereaved parents.  


As with all of our While We're Waiting events, our goal at these meetings is to point grieving parents to our only true source of comfort, Jesus Christ.  Although our topics of discussion may be painful, and tears will be inevitable, our desire will be to honor God by seeking how we can live well while we're waiting to be reunited with our children some day.


All of our support groups are facilitated by parents who have experienced the death of a child.  None of us has any training in grief counseling, and attending this group should not be viewed as a substitute for professional counseling.  We are just parents who are walking this road of grief, a few years ahead of some folks, and decades behind others.  That's why we use the term "facilitating" ... We will all be learning from each other.  Each meeting is based around a particular Scripture passage and will address a specific topic faced by grieving parents. 


Anyone who has lost a child is welcome to come.  You are welcome if your child has been in Heaven for thirty days or for thirty years.  You are welcome if your child was stillborn and never took a single breath, or if your child lived to be an adult and had a family of his or her own.  come, knowing you will be surrounded by people who care, who understand, and who will pray for you.  This will be a safe place, a place where we can discuss our struggles, knowing we will not be judged, because every one of us has been there at one time or another.  We will also share our victories, and rejoice with each other as we move along the road toward healing.


At this time, we have chapters in several states, as you can see below.  If you would like more information about facilitating a group in your area, please contact Jill Sullivan at 501-881-8851.  Our board has set a stipulation that those who would like to facilitate a group attend one of our While We're Waiting Weekend events, or attend three of our Hot Springs area support group meetings.  We like to get to know our facilitators on a personal basis!  Prospective facilitators must also complete an application, provide two letters of reference, and agree to both our While We're Waiting Statement of Faith and our While We're Waiting Statement of Beliefs.  All facilitators must be approved by our board of directors.


While We’re Waiting Support Groups 

Please call or text the group facilitator(s) for information regarding meeting dates and times.
All groups are open to both couples and singles, except for those designated as “Moms Only.”

Arkansas

The Hot Springs chapter meets at the While We're Waiting Refuge, located at 1685 South Moore Road.  This group is facilitated by Brad & Jill Sullivan and Larry & Janice Brown.  For more information about this group, please contact Jill Sullivan at 501-881-8851.

One Fort Smith chapter meets at Grace Community Church, 4001 Brooken Hill Drive.  This group is facilitated by Joanne Craig, and is for Moms only.  For more information about this group, please contact Joanne Craig at 479-831-2801.

Another Fort Smith chapter meets at Rye Hill Baptist Church, 11512 Old Highway 71.  This group is facilitated by Landen and Missy Holmes.  For more information about this group, please contact Landen at 479-413-8892 or Missy at

479-461-3997.

The Magnolia chapter meets at Rugged Cross Cowboy Church, 35 Columbia Road 47.  This group is facilitated by Phil and Andrea Fewell.  For more information about this group, please contact Phil at 870-904-9211 or Andrea at

870-914-9054.

 The North Little Rock chapter meets in the Lakeside Room on the third floor of Baptist Medical Center, 3333 Springhill Drive.  This group is facilitated by Kevin & Debbie Russell.  For more information about this group, please contact Debbie Russell at 501-831-6830.

The Springdale chapter meets at Cross Church, located at 1709 Johnson Road.   This group is facilitated by Mark & Missy Pile.  For more information about this group, please contact Missy Pile at 479-640-1171.

The Siloam Springs chapter meets at Sager Creek Community Church, located at 1600 Cheri Whitlock Drive.   This group is facilitated by Don & Deondra Chamberlain.  For more information about this group, please contact Deondra Chamberlain at 479-549-7005.

 The Wynne chapter meets at the home of Beth Ratliff, located at 42 Southridge Circle.  This group is facilitated by Beth Ratliff, and is for Moms only.  For more information about this group, please contact Beth Ratliff at 870-588-5474.


Florida

 The Dundee chapter meets at The Church on the Hill, 1111 Scenic Highway,  This group is facilitated by Rick & Tammy Siegel.  For more information about this group, please contact Tammy Siegel at 863-332-9140.

 
Georgia

 One Buford chapter meets at Buford Church of Christ, 1089 Buford Highway.  This group is facilitated by Nanette Klinect and Amy Smith and is for Moms only.  For more information about this group, please contact Nanette Klinect at 770-597-3677.

Another Buford chapter meets at Buford Church of Christ, 1089 Buford Highway.  This group is facilitated by Paul & Nanette Klinect and Richard & Amy Smith, and is for both couples and singles..  For more information about this group, please contact Nanette Klinect at

770-597-3677.
 

Indiana

The Boonville chapter meets in the upstairs youth room at Boonville Worship Center, located at 3900 Highway 62 West.   This group is facilitated by Chris and Tina Howton.  For more information about this group, please contact Tina Howton at 812-629-0806.
 

Missouri

 The Cadet chapter meets at Jesus is the Answer Ministry, located at 11440 Cannon Mines Road.  This group is facilitated by Mike & Kim Canania and Joe & Kayla West.  For more information about this group, please contact Kim Canania at 636-208-8707.

A Hannibal chapter is coming soon!  Watch our website or Facebook page for more information!
 

Oklahoma

 The Oklahoma City chapter meets at Southern Hills Baptist Church, located at 8601 S. Pennsylvania Avenue.   This group is facilitated by Mike and Jennifer Coleman.  For more information about this group, please contact Jennifer Coleman at 405-309-7436.
 

Oregon

The Redmond chapter meets at Water Cup Counseling Center, 852 SW 15th Street.  It is facilitated by Matt and Stacie Zachary.  For more information about this group, please contact Stacie Zachary at 541-610-2270.

 

Tennessee

The Cordova chapter meets at Bellevue Baptist Church, located at 2000 Appling Road (Room W244).   This group is facilitated by Sean and Heather Ellis.  For more information about this group, please contact Sean at 901-603-7889 or Heather at 901-603-7798.
 

Texas

The Tyler chapter meets at The Children's Park of Tyler in the Alison House, located at 110 E. Dobbs Street.   This group is facilitated by Cristal Rodriguez, is for Moms only.   For more information about this group, please contact Cristal Rodriguez at 903-262-0016.​

The Bryan chapter meets at Christ's Way Baptist Church, located at 3885 Copperfield Drive.  This group is facilitated by Nathan and Cherie Sivils.  For more information about this group, please contact Cherie Sivils at 979-204-3230.
 

Australia

The Buderim chapter meets in Seminar Room #3 at the Goodlife Community Centre located at 100 Buderim Pines Drive.  This group is facilitated by Rhyl Venning.  For more information about this group, please contact Rhyl Venning at 042-387-9186.



"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."  Romans 8:25