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To The Grove

Elders & Deacons


Jesus has given pastors/elders as gifts to know, feed, lead, and protect the church. These are the men our congregation has recognized as elders according to the qualifications in Scripture.

Caleb Brasher

— Lead Pastor —

 Caleb (M.Div. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) was born and raised in West Monroe, Louisiana. He and Lia have two kids, Millie and Jack. Caleb is a contributor at For the Church and Desiring God. He loves Mississippi State, great movies, and anything excellent.

Jim Pickering

— Elder —

Jim is retired after a 35 year career with the Department of Defense.  He has a Master of Public & International Affairs degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  He and his wife Teri helped to plant a church in suburban Maryland in the early 2000s where he also served as an elder.  Jim and Teri have been married for 29 years and have two adult children.

Avel Rivera

— Elder —

Avel was born and raised in Chicago, but moved to Orlando in 1989 where he met his wife Cyndia. They married and had two wonderful children, Jasmine and Daniel. Avel, a pastor’s kid and a musician, grew up in the church where he learned to play the guitar, bass, and drums. His favorite past time is golf, and his favorite books of the Bible are Romans and John.


Deacons are servants who oversee specific practical areas inside the life of our church. They absorb the shock created by the day-to-day life of the church as they implement the ministry established by the elders. These men and women have been recognized as deacons by our congregation according to the qualifications in Scripture.

Garrett Wood

Worship & Discipleship Director

Garrett is an Orlando native but has only called the area home since he and his wife, CeCe, moved here from Georgia in 2016. Garrett is a dad to Elliott and Foster and enjoys geography, all things Mississippi State, and emotional conversations. 

Teri Pickering

Bookkeeper —

Teri is the Closing Manager for the Metka Law firm.  She has a B.A. in psychology and business from the University of Maryland, and has managed accounts and payroll for small businesses her entire adult life. She not only raised, but homeschooled both of her children.  She and her husband Jim moved to Clermont from Maryland in 2014.

Tara Fallon

Grove Kids and Administration Director

Tara and her husband, Luke, are Florida natives and proud alumni of the University of Central Florida. A few of Tara’s favorite things are brownies, Disney, and Mango LaCroix!

Luke Fallon

— Assistant Grove Kids Director —

Luke was born and raised in Port St Lucie, Florida and moved to Orlando in 2013 to attend the University of Central Florida. In 2016, Luke and Tara moved to Clermont to join a new church plant that would eventually become The Grove Church. Luke has served in many roles at the Grove, but has been particularly called to support Tara in leading Grove Kids. Luke works full-time as a Software Engineer and is pursuing his Masters of Computer Science online. In his free time, Luke likes to cook, play video games, and travel to new places with Tara.

Bill Reed


Bill is a Nebraska native and now lives in Winter Garden. He started his career as a high school teacher but has spent most of his career as an executive or advisor with small businesses throughout the midwest and now in central Florida. He has one daughter, Megan, and two sons, Trevor and Brandon, and he and his wife Lori are enjoying the time they have to spend with them and with their two grandchildren, Brooklyn and Cooper.

Yomaira Ruiz

— Social Media Director —

Yomaira was born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico and later moved to Orlando, FL. She and her husband, Anibal, met at a local church and got married in 2010. They have 7 year old twin daughters, Gabriela and Gisselle. Yomaira is a lover of art and an avid photographer. She loves the theater, traveling, movies and anything related to Harry Potter.

Katie Reed

Connections Director —

Katie is excited to team up with her husband Brandon as Connections Director! Brandon and Katie have been teammates since 2008 when they met on the track team at Baylor University. After completing her master’s at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, Brandon convinced this proud Texan to move to Flordia and get married…both turned out to be great decisions. Katie has worked as a counselor for women in crisis until recently starting her newest adventure as mom to their sweet baby boy, Cooper.

Brandon Reed

— Connections Director —

Brandon and his wife, Katie, came to Clermont from Texas where they graduated from Baylor University. They have a son, Cooper, and deeply enjoy navigating the journey of parenthood together. He loves all things tech, running, tinkering, Jelly Belly jelly beans, R/C, and music.

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