About New Church Groups

New Church Groups is a program of the New Church devoted to bringing spiritually like-minded people together into community, focused on love, understanding and useful action. We offer resources and workshops designed to support your connection with the divine, while helping you foster meaningful relationships with those already in your life, as well as online and around the world.

We envision a world with vibrant, life-giving communities where people can heal, grow spiritually and feel truly connected.

Swedenborgian Principles & The New Church

The New Church is a Christian denomination (organizationally incorporated and legally known as the General Church of the New Jerusalem) that draws inspiration from the writings of the 18th century theologian Emanuel Swedenborg.

Our content is based on the Word of God in the Old and New Testaments and inspired by Swedenborgian spirituality, a Christian tradition grounded in love, understanding and service.

Visit us at newchurch.org to learn more!

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.