About Common Ground Online Church
History & Who We ARE
Common Ground Online Church began in September 2020 as a collection of people and Community Groups living their lives on Christ's mission and connecting together for a weekly faith experience online. Its co-founders, Austin Ryan and Ben Barfield, also started Common Ground Arizona in 2007 and Common Ground Las Vegas 2014. CG Online Church was founded through Common Ground Las Vegas during the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, the Online experiences were out of necessity, but over time as more and more people were gathering from other cities, Common Ground LV made the decision to transition from a physical church to a digital one with an emphasis on people living out their daily faith through community groups.
The leaders of Common Ground Online are committed to fostering an environment where the story of Jesus is told in creative, authentic, accessible, and fun ways...while focusing on multiplying lives, groups, and churches.
Austin grew up in Texas before moving to Arizona in 2007 and then Vegas, where he currently lives, in 2014. He and his wife Cami have a daughter named Finley and they lead a national ministry called Worship Catalyst that helps ignite worship ministries in new churches. Austin loves smoked brisket and football and is considering volunteering to be the first man to live on Mars.
Ben is a native of Arizona where he currently lives with his wife, Jill. They have 3 adult children, Brandon, Brittany, and Zak. Ben leads a team of people which assesses hundreds of new church planters every year through the North American Mission Board. He loves Sonoran dogs (you'll have to ask him what those are), Arizona Wildcat sports, and has an irrational (uncomfortable) love of summer rains.