Grace@Work Small Groups


Discover Your Grace@Work Small Group

Take One of the Most Important Steps to Growing Your Spiritual Walk

Yesterday morning I met with the Grace@Work small group leaders from across Atlanta. These are leaders excited and dedicated to helping you grow spiritually. Look through this list and find a group that works with your schedule and give it a try. Find a small group near you. These groups have enriched the lives of thousands, they can do the same for you. I challenge you to give them a try.


Charlie Paparelli
High Tech Prayer Breakfast

Alpharetta: Intradiem

Meeting Time: Friday, 7:15 - 8:30 am
Leader Email: Don Otto (LinkedIn), Tim FitzGerald (LI)
Location: 3650 Mansell Road, Building Two, Suite 500, Alpharetta, GA, 30009

Alpharetta: Windward Pkwy

Meeting Time: Friday, 6:45 - 8:00 am
Leader Email: Jeff Browning (LI), Jason Phillips (LI)
Location: 5900 Windward Pkwy, Suite 250, Alpharetta, GA 30005

AtlantaTech Village

Meeting Time: Thursday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (lunch provided)
Leader Email: John Duisberg (LI), Joe Yi (LI)
Location: 3423 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 30305

Midtown at the ATDC: Advanced Technology Development Center

Meeting Time: Tuesday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (lunch provided)
Leader Email: Courtney Alexander (LI), Adam Sheridan (LI)
Location: 75 Fifth Street, Atlanta, GA, 30308

Midtown at the ATDC 2: Advanced Technology Development Center

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm (lunch provided)
Leader Email: Scott Lopano (LI), Blake Patton (LI)
Location: 75 Fifth Street, Atlanta, GA, 30308

Norcross/Peachtree Corners

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:30 am
Leader Email: David Hauser (LI), Chris Baker (LI)
Location:  6050 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30092

Old Peachtree Road & I-85: iStaff Offices 85 & Old Peachtree Road

Meeting Time: Monday, 7:15 - 8:15 am
Leader Email: Jason Smith (LI)
Location: 1325 Satellite Blvd Suite 1305, Suwanee, GA, 30024

Perimeter 1: ROAM Dunwoody

Meeting Time: Monday, 7:15 - 8:30am
Leader Email: Mike Morris (LI)
Location: Suite 800 (2nd Floor), 1155 Mt Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta,  GA, 30338

Perimeter 2: HA + W | Aprio 

Meeting Time: Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00am
Leader Email: Susan O'Dwyer (LI), Curtis Cain (LI)
Location: Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA, 30328

*See our Grace@Work page for newly added groups or any changes since this blog post.


I sat at my first High Tech Prayer Breakfast. It was a Friday morning, October 1, 1993. I was invited by a friend, Robert Campbell. He was a Senior VP with Stockholder Systems and later it’s CEO. I knew Robert for over 14 years. We grew up in the tech startup business together.

I Was Very Nervous

I don’t remember who else was at the table. I was very nervous, for a couple of reasons. There were over three hundred people at the Doubletree Hotel Ballroom, and I felt like I didn’t know any of them. For the last ten years, I was head down operating businesses in Atlanta and elsewhere. I knew no one in town.

The program started shortly after I arrived which eased my discomfort. The keynote speaker was Wes Cantrell, CEO of Lanier World-Wide a division of Harris Corporation. 

I don’t remember anything Wes Cantrell said. As I think back, it was probably because I was so nervous that I couldn’t focus. When he finished his talk a guy named Bill Leonard got up to close the meeting. Robert leaned over to me and said, “This is the guy who founded the High Tech Prayer Breakfast."

Religion vs. Relationship

Bill talked about his relationship with Jesus Christ. He said, “It is not about religion. It is about relationship.” This hit me like a ton of bricks. I grew up Catholic, and I always thought my relationship with God was all about religion. This concept of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ was brand new to me.

When Bill spoke about his relationship with Jesus, he teared up. He spoke in measured short sentences. Clearly. With downward voice inflection. The words he was saying struck me because it was clear his words had deep meaning to him. 

After the Breakfast, I had a meeting with an investor friend. He asked, “Were you at the breakfast this morning?” 

“Yes, I was,” I answered.

“What do you think about that Bill Leonard guy? Can you believe he was talking all that religion stuff? He is a commercial real estate broker for crying out loud,” he said.

I said, “I’m not sure I believe what he was saying, but he sure did. Do you believe in anything the way Bill Leonard believed in this Jesus he was talking about?”

“No. I guess not,” he said.

That’s when I decided I needed to meet with Bill. I told him I was looking for some office space. Then I said, “I was impressed with all the technology people who attended the breakfast. You seem to know everybody. I was wondering if you could introduce me to these Christian business leaders?”

Bill asked, “Would you be willing to attend a Bible study? It is a men’s group which meets every Friday morning at a restaurant near Perimeter Mall. You’ll meet a lot of the guys there.”

Making New Friends

What Bill didn’t know was that I was eleven months sober through AA. My AA sponsor told me I had to find new friends if I was to stay sober. Over my lifetime I had accumulated some great friends. The problem was, they were all heavy drinkers. Thus the sponsor’s advice. But how does a forty-year-old man make new friends? Bill was giving me the answer.

In preparation for the first Bible study of my life, I looked all over the house for a Bible. I found a discolored green Bible which Robert Campbell had loaned me over ten years ago. When I pulled it off the shelf, it was dusty, and all the pages were swollen. I must have dropped it in water at some point. But it was the only Bible I could find.

My nervousness for this Bible study exceeded my nervousness for the Breakfast. I pictured myself at a table with five guys all who knew what they were doing. I would be the only idiot who knew nothing, absolutely nothing, about the Bible.

6:45 AM Bible Study

I walked into the restaurant at 6:45 am and was greeted by the friendliest man on the planet. He introduced himself and gave me a warm handshake. He escorted me to the coffee station and began introducing me to the other men. As I looked around the dining room, there had to be over 60 men there. I felt better but still uncomfortable.

Week after week, those guys loved on me. They shared their lives with me. They taught me all about the Bible. They demonstrated to me what it looked like to have a personal relationship with God. I had never felt the warmth like that in any business meeting I attended. They loved me and understood me. We were all in technology, and we were all excited to learn about Jesus and each other.

Eight months later I gave my life to Christ. 

Thanks to Robert Campbell. He never gave up on me. As ugly as I was to him about his faith over the years, he knew Jesus would do a miracle in my life. And the miracles continued.

It all started by accepting Robert’s invitation to a breakfast. That’s all I had to do. Unbelievable!

Act Now: Only 15 Tables Left

There are only fifteen tables left for this year’s High Tech Prayer Breakfast. Are you ready to watch Jesus do a miracle in a friend’s life? All you have to do is get a table then invite your friends. If you are interested in joining the leadership team by becoming a table host email Amie Hood, Director of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast.

Charlie Paparelli is president of High Tech Ministries, angel investor and blogger. Twice each week email subscribers to his blog receive his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur and Christian leader.

Making the Bible Personal and Real: Blake Patton


Blake Patton

An interview with Grace@Work Bible study leader Blake Patton, Managing Partner at Tech Square Ventures

In three short years, Blake has established Tech Square Ventures as the leading early-stage Venture Capital firm in Atlanta. Using his Georgia Tech network and his reputation as a technology leader, great entrepreneurs intending to build high-value companies followed.

I met Blake while cruising around the ATDC several years ago. He was intent on building a stronger community in his role as ATDC’s General Manager. I ran the idea of a Grace@Work Bible study by him, and he loved it. He said, “This is an element we are missing in our community. Faith is a big part of people’s lives. It would be great if you host the study.”

I hosted, and Blake showed up. That study grew to a point where we decided to split it. One is focused on building ambassadors for Christ. Blake’s is focused on people interested in getting to know the God of the Bible.

Blake will be the local keynote at this year’s High Tech Prayer Breakfast on October 6th. Come by and meet Blake at his study then come to the High Tech Prayer Breakfast to hear his story.


Charlie Paparelli
High Tech Ministries

Where: ATDC (Google Maps
Leader: Blake Patton
When: Wednesday 11:30 AM
Open: Yes. Everyone welcomed.

Why did you start the Bible study?

Patton: I first got involved in Grace@Work when I was leading ATDC four years ago. I heard stories of the studies' impact from Sig Mosley and others, so I wanted it to be a part of the evolving community at ATDC and around Tech Square. I teamed up with Charlie Paparelli, Bird Blitch, and Greg Foster and we started meeting with other seekers weekly. 

What was your biggest concern?

Patton: Our biggest concern was where to start. We quickly learned that personal invitations to attend the study were the best way to get the group going. I didn’t know how to lead a study, but fortunately, Charlie, Cortney Alexander, and Sawyer Miller stepped up and have been terrific facilitators. After our first study group had grown, I helped support Sawyer in creating a second seeker study.

What do you use to study?

Patton: The Bible is an amazing leadership manual. The best part of the study for me is learning from other technology leaders in our community how they are applying their faith in their professional lives. 

What’s an unexpected benefit of doing the Bible study?

Patton: The study has given me clarity on why I love what I do. It has helped me view being an investor as an opportunity to serve God by serving others – helping entrepreneurs succeed and achieve their dreams. The companies in the building create jobs and improve lives. When they succeed, we succeed allowing us to invest in more entrepreneurs. What I learn by studying with other investors and entrepreneurs builds my relationship with Christ, and helps make me a more successful investor.

How God Miraculously Provides Exactly What We Need


“I decided I needed to read the Bible and figure out what all the fuss was about. I read it from cover to cover and then gave my life to Jesus Christ,” said my friend Bruce Cook.
“You read the Bible and understood it without any help and knew that’s what you needed to do?” I asked incredulously.
Love and Persistence Wins
“That’s right. The message of the Bible was clear. I understood God wanted me to be in a relationship with him, but my sin and attitude toward Him separated us. Jesus was the answer to this reconciliation,” he explained.
Bruce is a Georgia Tech grad who went to Harvard for his MBA. His classmates at Harvard were witnessing to him. He kept blowing them off, and then, one day, because of their love and persistence, he decided to read the Bible. 
“A short time later I was to tell them my story of how I came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said.
“That was fast. You just became a disciple of Christ,” I said.
My Stuttering Miracle
“That wasn’t a problem. My problem was stuttering. I couldn’t get a sentence out without stuttering. How was I going to tell my story to a group of people? My parents tried everything to get me past this issue but to no avail. So I avoided public speaking all my life,” he said.
“What happened?” I asked.
“I believed God wanted me to tell my story, so I agreed to do it. When I stood in front of the class, I was very nervous. I began to speak. I didn’t stutter once, and I never stuttered again for the rest of my life,” he said.
“That very day God gave me exactly what I needed to tell His story. I went on to use this gift to continue telling the story of what God did in my life. I spoke in all kinds of venues to all kinds of people all over the world,” he said.
“So you were given what you needed when you needed it,” I said.
Just in Time Spiritual Gifts
“Yes. But it only came when I stepped out of my comfort zone and trusted Him. Many Christians take spiritual gifts tests at their churches. They are more personality tests than spiritual gifts tests. These tests tell us what we already know about ourselves. We use the results as an excuse as to why we don’t serve or give or teach or evangelize,” he explained.
He went on, “God is bigger than that. God gives us the spiritual gift we need when we need it. If we are obedient by doing what He calls us to do, He will equip us with everything we need to succeed. That is God.”
Is God Calling You to Be a Table Host?
If God wants you to be a table host, then do it. He will give you what you need at just the right time. If you agree to be a table host and face rejection, where will you turn? To God. He gives us these opportunities to speak to draw us closer to Him. 

Are you willing to trust Jesus?

If God is calling you to be a table host at this year’s High Tech Prayer Breakfast sign up now.

Charlie Paparelli is president of High Tech Ministries, angel investor and blogger. Twice each week email subscribers to his blog receive his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur and Christian leader.

Cutting Through Spiritual Fog with Biblical Insight: Mike Morris


Mike Morris

An interview with Grace@Work Bible Study leader Mike Morris, Co-founder of Broadgreen Solutions

Mike is one of my most favorite people in the whole world and a close friend. He is smart, funny, practical and transparent. You can’t help becoming friends with Mike within a few minutes of meeting him. This is true in his ministry and his work.
On the advice of Matt Stevens, the Chairman of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast, Mike attended a Grace@Work Bible study I was leading at the ATDC. That was back in 2008. And within a few years of attending the study, Mike became the leader. 
Mike was a rising star with the North Highland Company. He later became a Group VP leading multiple business units for the consulting firm. Later he co-founded the successful Broadgreen Solutions.
Mike is one of the men in my life from whom I seek advice. He is a clear thinker. He cuts through the fog of confusion in seconds and helps me define the problem I need to solve. He not only does this in his management consulting practice but also in his ministry.
If you have the opportunity to attend Mike’s study, you really need to do it. He makes the Bible come to life. God’s Word will speak to your intellect. It will travel to your heart. And it will eventually show itself in your feet. You will walk more closely with the Lord, guaranteed! 
Charlie Paparelli
High Tech Ministries
Where: ROAM Dunwoody (Google Maps
Leader: Mike Morris
When: Monday 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Open: Yes. Everyone welcomed.
How long have you been leading a Grace@Work Bible study group?  
Morris: I started leading this study about two years ago. I previously led one in Midtown for three to four years.

Why did you start leading this Bible study group? 
Morris: I felt God nudging me to start the study. I was working out of the ROAM co-working space in Dunwoody, as the co-founder of a new business. I looked around at the environment, and it seemed like a great place to launch a Grace@Work study. 
I also realized that, if I didn’t start it then, while I was also co-founding a business, my life was going to fill-up, and I wouldn’t have time for the study. I wanted to start the study while also starting the business, to make sure I fit it into my workweek.

What were your fears or concerns before starting?  
Morris: Launching a study is a bit of a “build it, and they will come” adventure. My concern was and still is participation. We get people who come for a while, then their work situation changes and the time, date or location no longer works. I overcame my concern by partnering with Matt Stevens. We co-launched the study and pulled on our networks to find our first members.

What has been the single biggest reward of doing the study?  
Morris: The personal impact on a few individuals.  I’ve had people pull me aside or catch me after a study to talk about the impact our study had on them.  That keeps me coming back.

How do you continue to grow your study?  
Morris: Word of mouth.

What is a story of how your Bible study has had an impact?  
Morris: I got to know someone more closely because he came to our study. He really plugged in and was going through some personal challenges at the time.

Outside of the study, he ended up going deep on some issues. At a critical moment, he put his faith in Christ. He called me the next day to tell me. I was thrilled to play a small role in God’s bigger plan.

Where does your group meet? 
Morris: ROAM Dunwoody, Monday mornings.  We start to trickle in about 7:15 am, then our study runs 7:30 to 8:30 am. We have a hard stop so people can get to work. It’s a great way to give God the first fruits from the workweek.

Why Weekly Bible Studies Will Change Your Life

“Since you’ve taken a job so close to my office, would you like to attend my Friday morning Grace@Work Bible study? You are just starting your career, and it will give you a great opportunity to meet new people and get to know God personally,” I said to my daughter Julia.

A Critical Insight

“Who normally attends?” she asked.

“We have people of all ages from all walks of life. Most are Christians, but some are just interested in the Bible,” I said.

“What time does it start?” she asked.

“Seven a.m. But we serve coffee and breakfast,” I said, hoping it was enough of an enticement.

She replied, “I can tell you this. Anybody who goes to a 7 a.m. Bible study every week is not just interested in the Bible. They are seeking God, and they are on their way to becoming Christians.”

This stopped me cold. I thought it was a great observation. It sounded like truth.

When Did You Become a Christian?

Just a few weeks later, Nora, one of the attendees at the Friday study, said she became a Christian. She said this casually while offering her ideas and experience on a scripture we were discussing.

I said, “What a minute. When did you become a Christian?”

“I’ve been sitting in this study for the last four months. Every week we are reading and discussing the Bible, the God of the Bible and our relationship with Him. I don’t remember what was said at one of the sessions, but I suddenly knew it was all true,” she explained.

“That very night I went home and admitted I was a sinner and asked Jesus to be Lord of my life. He came into my heart and changed my life,” she continued.

“Just like that?” I asked.

“Just like that,” she answered.

Practical Biblical Wisdom

My personal experience and observations match this conclusion.

The church has it right. You must make a weekly commitment to learn about God. A time you set aside to meet with others to read and discuss the Bible.

God even made a commandment to be sure we would do it: “Remember the Sabbath day.”

He knew if we would just spend one day a week with him, we would know the truth and the truth would set us free.

A Surprise Ending

Craig Calloway, our keynote local speaker at the 2000 High Tech Prayer Breakfast, gave this advice after sharing his story, “If you are not a Christian or spiritual person, don’t stop pursuing it (faith).”

He came to accept Christ as his personal Lord and personal Savior because of a weekly breakfast with his friend Regi. Regi Campbell had enough of the water cooler conversations with Craig about God.

He said, “If you really want to know the truth about Jesus Christ, commit to meeting me for breakfast once every week.” Craig agreed. They met for breakfast every week for two years.

At each of those breakfasts, they would discuss the Bible and even some books Regi recommended. The purpose of the weekly meeting was to talk about God.

As Regi tells the story, one day he just had it. He was talking to Craig, and Craig countered with one more argument against the truth, and Regi said, “Fine. I’m done with you. Believe what you will believe.”

Surprised, Craig said, “I love you and appreciate you. You met with me every week for two years, and you are one busy guy. I believe Jesus is God, and he came to save me from my sins and make me right with God. I just didn’t want to say it to you because I don’t want to stop meeting with you every week.”

Your Turn

Make an appointment with someone you love to talk about God for an hour every week. It could be a breakfast, a lunch, a Bible study or attending church together. Just make sure it is weekly.

Two Videos Worth Watching

Nora Charlesworth’s (formerly Nora Church) story from the 2012 High Tech Prayer Breakfast.

Craig Calloway’s talk from the 2000 High Tech Prayer Breakfast.

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If you are interested in a Bible study email Amie Hood, our program coordinator, and she'll help you find one.

Speaking Truth in Love: Jason Smith


Jason Smith

An interview with Grace@Work Bible Study leader Jason Smith, President of iStaff

Jason Smith is one of the very best and most active members of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast leadership team. He is a table host with two tables, and he is always careful to invite friends, co-workers, vendors, and clients to this iconic event. 

He uses the prayer breakfast as his number one tool as an ambassador for Christ in the Atlanta technology marketplace. Jason is the founder and leader of iStaff, a premier staffing firm for technology and accounting professionals.

One day, Jason called me and asked me to lunch. He said, “We keep seeing each other at industry meetings but don’t know each other.” 

This is when I learned his story as a young man who grew up on the beaches of Jacksonville and who came to know Jesus as an adult. 

Jason is a good friend, HTPB Board Member and a great Bible study leader. Christ is the foundation of his family, and his business and all that wisdom and knowledge comes through in his study. 

If you live or work near Suwanee, or know someone who does, this is a study that is worth attending.


Charlie Paparelli
High Tech Ministries

Where: iStaff (Google Map)
Bible study leader: Jason Smith
When: Monday 7:15am - 8:15am
Open: Yes. Everyone welcomed.

How long have you been leading a Grace@Work Bible study group? 

Smith: 7 years

What were your fears or concerns before starting? 

Smith: I was a new Christian and didn’t have a high-level knowledge of the Bible.

What has been the single biggest reward of doing the study? 

Smith: Seeing others grow in Christ.

How do you continue to grow your study?  

Smith: I invite people personally and also our group members invite people. It is very organic. We are in Suwanee so we have to be intentional about inviting new members

What is a story of how your Bible study has had an impact on leading people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ?  

Smith: I invited a friend to the study. At the first meeting, he announced, “I believe that all good people go to heaven.” He felt this strongly and didn’t seem open to debate.

We didn’t argue with him, we just loved him and spoke the truth in love. About two years later he professed Christ as the only way to heaven. 

Where does your group meet?  

Smith: iStaff’s offices in Suwanee, GA

5 Ways Being a Table Host Changed My Life


The first time I signed up to host a table, I went to a meeting and heard our founder, Bill Leonard, share his vision: “One day, people outside the Atlanta technology community will see our differentiator, what sets us apart from every other community, is the light of Christ shining forth.”

Quite honestly, I was uncomfortable with it. What did I get myself into here? This vision was too big, and the mission was too hard.

But I stayed. I signed up to be a table host.

As I left that meeting, I was pumped. I was convinced I was doing the right thing for God. By the time I got to my car, I wasn’t so sure.

I was told to only invite people I knew did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And don’t invite them via email. Invite them face to face. After all, you do have a relationship with these people.

I felt all alone and poorly equipped. 

I was an infant Christian having started my relationship with Jesus just one month prior to this meeting. And now I was supposed to invite people like I knew what I was doing.

When I don’t know what I am doing, I go to Jesus in prayer. I asked him, “Who should I ask?” The names started popping into my head. They were my closest friends.

They said, “Yes.” Every one of them. I think they were in a state of shock. “Charlie is asking me to attend a prayer breakfast?”

The day of the breakfast quickly arrived. After greeting my guests, we sat down and the program began. I sat with my head down. I couldn’t look at my friends. The speakers told their stories. They talked about Jesus ...a lot.

Then there was the call to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The breakfast ended, and each of my friends thanked me for the opportunity.

They really enjoyed it.

What followed was amazing. I can’t tell you how many conversations about Jesus, faith and religion we had while on golf trips or out to dinner or at parties. Some attended my Bible studies, and most of them came to know Jesus as their Savior.

That is the power of the breakfast. 

Agreeing to be a table host the first time brought me to five places I’d never been before.

1. Brought me closer to Christ

People talk about figuring out which friends to invite and say if they can fill a table, they will host a table. That’s backwards. You have to trust God.

2. Brought me out from under my desk

When you ask your coworkers to a breakfast, they know you are a Christian. You are now marked.

3. Brought me into the body of Christ

The friendships which developed by being on mission for God together is akin to being in the Marine Corp. Brothers for life.

4. Brought my friends into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ

Some I have asked to the breakfast received Christ there. But over the last 20 years, others came to know Christ through weekly Grace@Work Bible study groups.

5. Brought me into Jesus leadership

I have a very well known VC in town who calls me the Pope. Wherever we are, whatever meeting we are in, he calls me the Pope publicly. This leads to a discussion about my faith.

Look at all the places God will take you. 

This is why God has you right here, right now. He wants you to join him in leading the event He created to reach our community for Jesus Christ.

Charlie Paparelli is president of High Tech Ministries, angel investor and blogger. Twice each week email subscribers to his blog receive his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur and Christian leader.