James Carmichael

Lead Pastor

James is responsible for the overall vision and direction of The Grove. He leads our staff and volunteers and does most of the preaching at our Sunday services.

From Canada and he has an awesome accent to prove it.

Married to Heather and they have 2 children.

Graduated from Nippising University, Toccoa Falls College, and The Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry.

Has served in ministry since 2003.

Likes the Beavers or the Ducks, whoever is winning.

Drives Albany's toughest car.


Aaron Swank

Community Life Director

Aaron cultivates community within The Grove
and develops our church in the community.
Graduated from George Fox University.

Likes to go on long runs along the beach, listen

to good music, and spend time being the FUN uncle! 


Heather Carmichael

Worship Leader

Heather gives leadership to The Grove Band and creates meaningful worship experiences.

Married to James and they have 2 children.

Graduated from Canadore College.

Likes everything pop culture.

Dr. Who. You know what I'm talking about!


Jill Nelson

Children's Ministry Director

Jill oversees GroveKids, investing in the children of The Grove and the many volunteers

who serve each week.

Married to Nolan and they have a son and a daughter.

Graduated from Corban University.

Loves to be crafty and make things on Etsy.


Mary Romey

Grove Students Director

Mary leads our middle school students, high school students and adult volunteers.  It is her desire to help students know Jesus and to help our adult leaders invest in the lives of these teens.

Married to Kyle and they have 3 children.

Mary studied at Oregon State University.  She loves the outdoors, her garden and to dance.



Bruce Riley
Betty Larson
Keith Swank
Steve Hutchinson
Jennifer Hesse
Scott Roberts


Bill Layton
Brian Perlenfein
Casey Karstens
Ken Marshall
Bill Blair


Financial Team

Boyd Larson
Darlene Kolb
Amy Roberts
Christee Sinclair
Stephanie Harvey

Leadership Council

James Carmichael
Aaron Magnuson
Heather Carmichael
Jill Nelson
Mary Romey
Bruce Riley
Darlene Kolb
Amy Roberts
Jason Swank
Nanette Wusstig