Dr. Jason Groe

Senior Pastor | jason@thegrovelife.org

Pastor Jason and his family are from Murfreesboro, TN. Pastor Jason received his Bachelor’s degree from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He also has earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

Pastor Jason has pastored and taught in North Carolina and Tennessee. He celebrates his 27th year of preaching and pastoring. He has been married for nearly 17 years and has two daughters.

Pastor Jason is motivated and driven by Galatians 4:19 as he Labors for Christ: “my children, I labor till Christ is formed in you”.

Jeff Eddlemon

Associate Pastor | jeff@thegrovelife.org

Pastor Jeff grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee.  He attended Tennessee Tech, receiving a Degree in Business.  He is married to his college sweetheart, Heather, and has two children, Ashlyn and Leah.  Jeff served as part time middle school pastor for two years at the Grove before moving into his full time role as Associate Pastor.

Josh Moody

Student Pastor | josh@thegrovelife.org

Josh is from Austin, Texas, and grew up in South Florida and Nashville. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University as well as getting a Masters from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh and his wife Julia have two daughters, Josie and Evelyn Grace. Before moving to Cookeville and joining Poplar Grove, Josh and Julia lived in Louisville, Kentucky, where Josh served as a student pastor for a local church as well as at the University of Louisville Campus.

Christine Pierce

Director of Children’s Ministries | chris@thegrovelife.org

Christine Pierce, or Mrs. Chris, is a long-time member of Poplar Grove. She has been working with the children at the Grove for a long time, but in September 2013 she came on staff as the official Children’s Director. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University. She and her husband Rob have 4 children, Brian, David, Courtney, and Alenis. She has a passion for planting the seeds of the gospel into young hearts and lives, and teaching children to trust God’s promises.

Gavin Jones

Worship Leader | gavin@thegrovelife.org

Gavin came on staff at the grove in September of 2015. He is currently a full-time student majoring in Music Education at Tennessee Technological University while he serves part-time as Worship Leader at the Grove. He loves nothing more than making music and worshiping together with the Grove Choir and Band. He has a passion for leading The Grove family in authentic worship each Sunday and throughout the week.

Seth McDonald

Director of College Ministries | seth@thegrovelife.org

Seth grew up at Poplar Grove, answering the call to ministry here and moving into the role of serving college students.  His goal is to equip students and young adults with the tools needed to live their life fully for Christ.

Meloni Eddington

Administrative Assistant | meloni@thegrovelife.org

Meloni Eddington has been at Poplar Grove since 2010, but she came on staff with us in July of 2013. She received her Bachelor’s from Liberty University after taking a long break from school to be a stay at home mom. She is married to her college sweetheart, Nathan, and they have 3 children, Harmoni, Robert, and Riley. Meloni enjoys serving alongside the church staff, as well as helping the ministries of the church to run smoothly and efficiently.

Claricia Gilliam

Mother’s Day Out Director | ltl@thegrovelife.org