Josh Duncan, Lead Pastor
Josh started with The Grove as Lead Pastor in May of 2017. His passion is to see people reach their potential in Jesus as they become disciples who can multiply disciples. He believes each person can make an impact for God’s Kingdom where they live, work, and play. Prior to coming to The Grove, Josh served as a youth pastor in two different churches, planted a church in Knoxville, and served as a Lead Pastor in Michigan. He also coaches church planters through the Ignite Church Planting Network. Josh is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University and Liberty Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have two boys, Kaden and Kolton. Jennifer is an RN. Kaden is a sports enthusiast who plays baseball and basketball. Kolton is a marine biologist in the making and can tell you anything you want to know about ocean animals. As a family, they enjoy hiking to waterfalls, camping, and all things related to the Tennessee Vols and Atlanta Braves.
Brad Austin, Associate Pastor for Worship Ministry
We are so blessed to have Brad leading our church in worship each Sunday. His heart for Jesus is contagious, and he expresses it both through music and as he connects with people relationally. Brad has a powerful story of transformation and grace as God has moved greatly in his life over the years. While Brad is known around Knoxville for some of his own music, his leadership style is refreshing in that he doesn’t strive to be focal point on Sundays. He leads us to focus our worship on Jesus! We’re excited about what he brings to our worship team and church even though he is a passionate fan of the other UT… University of Texas!
Deborah Justice, Grove Kids Director
Deborah serves in our children’s ministry as our Grove Kids Director. Deborah and her husband Mark live in the Halls community and have three children, Tanner, McKenzie and Tolliver who are all currently attending University of TN. Deborah graduated from Cumberland College and taught in Special Education for five years prior to being a stay at home mom. While at home she homeschooled her children for five years.
Prior to coming on staff with The Grove, Deborah served in ministry rolls as a Sunday School teacher, as a Director of Girls in Action, and Director of Children with Special Needs Ministry. Deborah enjoys being involved in the lives of her children, capturing memories with her camera, and searching for old treasures.
Jimbo Watson, Associate Pastor for Student Ministry and Community Ministry
Jimbo was born and raised in the Halls community. After graduating from Halls in 1999, he went on to play college baseball and lived out his dream of playing at the University of Tennessee. However, something was always was missing from his life. It wasn’t until he answered the call to enter ministry that life had purpose and meaning like never before as he fulfilled his calling to serve God. There is a deep passion for discipleship in Jimbo, to share the gospel, to love on people and build relationships with students to help them find their true identity in Christ.
Jimbo has degrees in ministry from Johnson University and a masters from Campbellsville University and is currently in classes at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to The Grove, Jimbo has served as student pastor at two different churches. Jimbo and his wife, Melissa, who is an elementary school teacher, have a family of 6 with 4 children: Makenzi, Fischer, Coleman, and Brooks. As a family, they enjoy the outdoors and camping and all kinds of sports… And of course, GO VOLS!!
Tina Gilreath, Administrative Assistant to the Staff/Office Manager
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Tina is a hometown girl from Lenoir City, but moved to the North Knox area 12 years ago. She is married to Adam and they have a daughter named Scout. Scout is involved in many extra curricular activities and Tina is “all in” on all demands of her daughter’s commitments cheering her on every second of the way. Besides everything Scout, Tina enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing on a cruise ships, fashion, design, and of course, church activities.
Tina came to us from a 9- year career as an office manager in a medical office and has worked in the medical field for over 17 years. Tina has a strong background in office management, so we knew being an administrative assistant to the office staff would be fitting for her and she is thrilled that it also allows her time to be a more involved mom.