Our Team

Charlie Loften (Lead Pastor, Elder) E-mail Twitter Blog
Charlie has been in professional ministry since he graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, AR in 1994. After spending six years in college ministry with Student Mobilization, he finished his seminary degree at Denver Seminary in December of 2001. His style of teaching, ministry and life is laid-back and relational, desiring that people have authentic relationships with God and each other. In addition to being a pastor, he would consider his most important role to be husband/dad to the four most important and beautiful women in the world – his wife Heidi and his three daughters Maylee, Lauren, and Laylah. Charlie also loves movies, video games and pop-culture stuff. His knowledge of pop-culture, especially from the 80’s, has often been called obsessive and dangerous. This, of course, only encourages him. Lastly, writing this in the 3rd person was both troubling and humorous to Charlie.
Mark Freeman (Executive Pastor) E-mail

Mark is originally from southwest AR and attended college in Arkadelphia. He married Terri (his high school sweetheart) in 1997 and together they have lived in fifteen different homes, in near as many cities, to do all kinds of things they felt Jesus leading them toward. Mark and Terri have four children named Caleb, Brennen, Jack, and Darcy. Mark loves dating Terri, watching the kids activities, playing disc golf, traveling, and drinking lots of coffee!

Jason Miller (Community Pastor, Elder) E-mail Twitter
I love spending time with my wife Jaime and sons Bowman, Price and Hayes. We have lived in Northwest Arkansas since coming to school in 1996. Worship has been a crucial part of my life since picking up the guitar at age 11. I have been formed and shaped through experiences like Passion conferences, college ministries, and mission trips abroad. I have way too many interests, including writing and recording music, apple computers, golfing, searching out the best Mexican food in Springdale, and following the PGA tour. I love using my gifts to serve the church and see people engage with the living God through worship. I desire to see the church take on a lifestyle of worship and connect with each other in real and meaningful ways.
Lynette Washington (Greenhouse Director) E-mail
I moved to Fayetteville, AR in July 2011 for my husband, Tyrone, to begin his job as a professor at the University of Arkansas. I love using my gift of hospitality to host lunch and dinner parties at our house. Beyond spending time with my family, I enjoy community outreach, cooking, teaching, sports, and coaching. I see how God is using each of them to shape and mold me into the wife, mom and woman that he wants me to be. We love to share the stories of how God directed our family to NW Arkansas and The Grove Church. Through those incredible events he has lead me to this opportunity to serve in The Greenhouse – another great story of his faithfulness and what happens when we allow God to lead.

Cass Harris (Worship Ministries, Elder) E-mail Twitter
God grabbed ahold of me in 1998 while participating in a bible study with a group of friends. For the first time, this faith thing was real and I’ve been chasing after God ever since. He led me to the Grove in 1999. I met my wife, Brandi, that same year and we married in 2001. We have three awesome kids: India, Jude, and Sam. We see our home as a place for growth and nurturing not only for our kids, but also for our community. Brandi is a family therapist. She loves being a witness to and participating in the healing of people’s lives. I love music. I am a singer/songwriter and play guitar every chance I get. Through music, God has given me opportunities to speak truth into people’s lives. I still think vinyl and headphones is the best way to listen to music.
Leslie Post (Communications, Admin) E-mail
My husband Gregg and I live in Springdale and we’ve been married since 2012. I’m a licensed counselor but have come to love doing behind-the-scenes stuff at the Grove and now I’m fortunate enough to be on staff full time. I’ve lived in Northwest Arkansas for the majority of my life and love it here. What Gregg and I do in our spare time really depends on what sport/hunting/fishing season it is. We watch a lot of football and basketball. I also love to watch movies, find new music, take pictures of sunsets, and cheer for the Razorbacks.
Scott Sutton (Elder) E-mail
My wife, Ashleigh, and I consider ourselves blessed that a co-worker invited us to The Grove back in 2004 – two weeks after we had moved here from Texas. At The Grove, we met a group of people who shared our passion for community, for Truth, and for singing loudly. Our love for this community has only deepened over the years since. My favorite time is spent with my wife and son. I also enjoy running Northwest Arkansas’ amazing trails, gardening, listening to and playing music, reading, and writing. Sic ‘Em Bears!
Dustin Pope (Elder) E-mail
I moved to Northwest Arkansas with my lovely wife, Rebecca, in 2007. We were soon invited by some friends to attend their community group and were led to the Grove through the great relationships formed there. We are blessed with a wonderful daughter, Lydia, who in her short life has taught me a great deal of love, joy and patience. I enjoy spending my time hanging out and eating Mexican food with my girls, reading, and watching OU football games. (and am happy to talk at length about any of them) I am excited to be a part of a church with a passion to worship our Lord, to follow where He leads, and to reach a lost and broken world.

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