​​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.”



Alabama


The Huntsville chapter meets at Mount Zion Baptist Church, located at 228 Mount Zion Road.  This group is facilitated by Scott and Karen Harmening.  For more information about this group, please call or text 256-580-6260 or email NorthAlabamaWWW@gmail.com.



Arkansas


The Fayetteville chapter meets at Mount Comfort Church of Christ, 3249 West Mount Comfort Road.  This group is facilitated by Michael and Michelle Moore.  For more information about this group, please contact Michael at 479-251-0959 or Michelle at 479-466-7446. 

One Fort Smith chapter meets at the home of Joanne Craig, and is for Moms only.  For more information about this group, please contact Joanne  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 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.


The Jonesboro chapter meets at Walnut Street Baptist Church, located at 1910 Scenic Road.  This group is facilitated by Jan Ellis and Carol Duncan and is for Moms only.  For more information about this group, please contact Jan Ellis at 870-926-1623 or Carol Duncan at 870-931-8517.

 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 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 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 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.



California


The San Leandro chapter meets at the home of Erica Mapp, located at 845 Begonia Drive.  This group is facilitated by Erica Mapp, Denise Leytem, and Lydia Flippen, and is for Moms only.  For more information about this group, call or text Erica (510-677-5900), Denise (510-459-4426),

or Lydia (510-507-1735).


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.



Indiana 


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



Kansas


The Wichita chapter meets at HopeChurch, 2000 South Hillside.  This group is facilitated by Bob and Justine King.  For more information about this group, please contact Justine at 316-640-8234.



Maryland


The Street chapter is facilitated by Arlo and Capri Weiskopf and meets in their home, located at 4415 Madonna Street.  For more information about this group, please contact them at arlocapriw@gmail.com or 443-987-6734.



Missouri

 The Hannibal chapter meets at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 4505 West Ely Road.  This group is facilitated by Bob and Susan Wathen.  For more information about this group, please contact Bob at 573-406-2960 or Susan at 573-406-3695.


The Greenwood chapter meets at the Fellowship Greenwood Event Center, located at 1601 West Main Street.  This group is facilitated by Jay and Laura Aronson.  For more information about this group, please contact Laura Aronson at 816-518-8468.


The Leadington chapter meets at the No. 9 Coffee Shop, 30 Woodlawn Drive.  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.
 

Oklahoma

 The Tulsa chapter meets in the Reading Room of South Tulsa Baptist Church, located at 10310 South Sheridan Road.  This group is facilitated by Don and Patsy Akin.  For more information about this group, please contact Don Akin at 918-605-2974 or Patsy Akin at 918-694-1068. 
 

Oregon

The Redmond chapter meets at Highland Baptist Church, located at 3100 SW Highland Avenue.  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.   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 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.


The Frisco chapter meets at Hope Fellowship West Church, located at 309 West Main Street.  This group is facilitated by John and Terisa Poirier.  For more information about this group, please contact John at 214-809-4988 or Terisa at 469-446-4970.


The Richardson chapter meets at The Heights Church, located at 201 W. Renner Road, in Room C221.  This group is facilitated by Sam and Barbara Wilson.  For more information about this group, please email Barbara at barbara.g.wilson80@gmail.com.


The Sugar Land chapter meets at First Colony Church of Christ, located at 2140 First Colony Boulevard.  This group is facilitated by Tim and Donna Eller.  For more information about this group, please contact Tim at 281-217-5780 or Donna at 281-413-2484 or email deller@compassnet.com.


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.​
 

Australia

The Sunshine Coast ​group 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