We exist to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus for the purpose of transforming our world.

Discipleship Pathway

At The Grove Church, a disciple is a follower of Jesus who helps others follow Jesus. We do this in three main ways. 


God is a relational God. Therefore, our path must begin with a relationship with Him. God's design for this relationship is both personal and in community. Connect with God (Mark 1:35) and connect with church (Hebrews 10:24-25; John 13:34-35). 


Spiritual growth is rooted in an ever-deepening understanding of God. It is expressed by living daily to reflect Him. We believe this happens best in spiritual community, by serving, and by being committed (membership) (Acts 2:42-47). 


As followers of Jesus, we share God's love and good news with others in every relationship, every moment, and in every way we can (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe that God has strategically placed you in the neighborhood where you live, the job where you work, the school where you learn, and the areas where you play (Mark 12:30-31). Go into your neighborhood, your community, and the world and proclaim Him. 

The Statement of Faith at The Grove Church is the same as the 2008 Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). 

EFCA Statement of faith


 In one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. 

We Believe

That God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.


That God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.


That Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.


That Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation. 


That the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.


That the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.


That God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God  commands  us  to  love  Him  supremely  and  others  sacrificially,  and  to  live  out  our  faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s  Word,  the  Spirit’s  power,  and  fervent  prayer  in  Christ’s  name,  we  are  to  combat  the  spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.


In the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.


That God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen. 

Meet the Grove Staff

Scott Foster

Lead Pastor

Darwin Graser

Robby Maita

Middle School Pastor
High School Pastor

Noah McKenzie

Technology Director

Mandy Moltz

Kids Director

Fred Noble

Adult Ministries Pastor 

Steve Olson

Senior Associate Pastor

Becky Swenson

Care & Guest Experience Director

Jeff Dreher

Maintenance Manager

Christa Gorman

Nicole Leibsch

Sheila Marin

Ministry Coordinator
Finance Manager
Children's Ministry Associate

Alan Peterson

Business Manager

Heidi Thulin

Communications Coordinator

Ellie Welch

Ministry & Graphics Coordinator

Meet the Grove Elders

Damon Allison

Elder Vice Chair

Paul Backer


Bill English


Scott Foster

Lead Pastor/Elder

Geoffrey Harper


Chris Janssen


Kelly Spratt

Chuck Minell

Tom Rice

Elder Chair

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