Ministries

Pastoral Residency

“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

2 Timothy 2:2

We believe the best place for men to be trained for ministry is within the context of the local church. With that in mind, we designed our pastoral residency. It is a two year program that will cover an array of topics from ministry philosophy, biblical theology, and personal holiness to just name a few. 
 
So if you have a desire for either lay or vocational pastoral ministry and want to be trained for that ministry, then this residency might be for you.
 
If you have any further questions, email us at info@lifeatthegrove.org.

— Current Residents —

Avel Rivera

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.

Steve Van Dyke

Born in California, Steve moved to West Orange County at a young age and has lived in Lake County since 2001.  A Florida Gator, professionally he is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  He has a love of adventure sports, saltwater fishing, men’s ministry, and Theology discussions. He and his wife Mari have been married since 1997 and have 5 kids and one grandchild.

Garrett Wood

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. 

Rodney Noel

Rodney was born in Boston and departed to come to Florida at the age of 8 years old. He is married to his best friend, Kristina Noel who is from Philadelphia. From serving as Deacon and Minister in a previous ministry, to loving and growing in the knowledge of God’s word, Rodney has a passion for both ministry and family.

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