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Britt Johnston – Lead Pastor

Britt began as the associate pastor of The Grove Church in 2009.  In 2014, he stepped into the role of lead pastor and began preaching weekly.  Britt holds a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and desires to be used by God for His purpose and plan through The Grove Church.  Britt’s hobbies include spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, target practicing, and traveling.  


Dr. Greg Johnston – Discipleship and Vision Pastor

Dr. Greg was the lead pastor and church planter of The Grove Church in 2009.  In 2014, he decided to move toward retirement as he handed the lead pastor role over to his son, Britt.  Dr. Greg holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and is still used greatly by God in The Grove Church as our Education pastor and wisdom leader.  Dr. Greg’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, and enjoying time with his wife and grandchildren. 


Michaela Johnston – Worship and Arts leader

Originally from Texas, Michaela moved here with her husband Britt in early 2009 to help plant The Grove Church.  Since that time, Michaela has led in worship and helped direct people’s hearts to connect to God with songs of praise.  Michaela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and she currently works as an insurance adjuster.   Michaela’s hobbies include spending time with her family, making t-shirts, enjoying time with her animals, and traveling.  

Jason Wheat – Education leader

Coming from a background in education, Jason facilitates our weekly Bible study, and ensures that all gain a good understanding of the Biblical text.  Jason holds a Master of Business Administration and currently teaches business in a local high school.  Jason is also working towards a Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and takes classes each semester whenever his work schedule allows.  In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid bike rider.

Grant Douglas – Children’s leader

Grant helps equip our children to understand the Gospel in a way that
relates to them.  Grant has been a part of The Grove Church since 2009, and his work as our children’s leader helps our children to grow and learn from God. 
Grant holds a Bachelor of Biblical studies degree and works for the
University of Southern Mississippi.  His hobbies include spending time with his family, and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Adriane Crabtree – Youth leader

After we moved into our facility on Cole Rd., Adriane decided to fill a need in our church by stepping into the role of youth leader. Each week, Adriane teaches our youth and attempts to help them navigate throughout life by living according to God’s Word.  Adriane works as a nurse and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and daughter as well as trips to the beach.