— I’m New —
To The Grove
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.
— 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, and third on the way. Caleb is a contributor at For the Church and Desiring God. He loves Mississippi State, great movies, and anything excellent.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— Bookkeeper —
Teri is the Owner and Director of Diligence Title Company. 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.
— Missions team director —
Jill was born and raised in a Christian home, and as a school child made a commitment to serve the Lord as a missionary. Though she continued through college to grow spiritually and to lead others in discipleship, she pushed aside the missionary calling. When she met her future husband Ray, she remembered her promise. After they married they served 45 years in Kenya and South Sudan. In addition to their raising a daughter and a son, Jill was involved in discipleship and local church ministries, and eventually teaching, mentoring and language coaching for new missionaries. She and Ray are now retired in Florida.
— Missions Team Director —
Ray was born and raised in a missionary family in Kenya, after finishing high school he went to US for college. He met his wife Jill and they went to serve as missionaries for 45 years in Kenya and South Sudan. Ray trained as an engineer and developed ministries of opening new outreach places while doing pioneer church planting among unreached peoples. In the latter years of ministry he became a teacher, trainer, and mentor for equipping workers for the harvest fields of East and Central Africa. Ray & Jill retired at AIM’s Retirement Center (“Media”) in Minneola in 2018.
— Grove Kids Director —
Tara and her husband, Luke, are Florida natives and proud alumni of the University of Central Florida. Tara has actively been involved in Children’s Ministry since 2009 and has a passion to see discipleship happen between parents and children. A few of Tara’s favorite things are Florida Wildlife, Children’s Literature, and her Goldendoodle puppy, Daisy!
— 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. In his free time, Luke likes to cook, play video games, and travel to new places with Tara.
— ops Director —
Craig is a native Floridian that works as an IT Pharmacist for AdventHealth. In 2007, he married his wife Shannon and they have two children, Cody and Ellie. Craig was raised in the church but really developed a heart to know and seek God in his mid 20’s. He enjoys listening to audio commentaries and reading his study Bible. In his spare time he works on home improvement projects and his salt water aquarium.
— 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.
— Church Admin —
Erin has spent her whole life in the Sunshine State. She married her high school sweetheart Phil in 2002 and has spent the last 11 years homeschooling 3 beautiful girls. Erin is a connoisseur of fine coffee, and a resident expert in the language of memes. She’s passionate about discipleship and equipping the body of Christ in whatever way possible in order to fulfill the mission of the local church.
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