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 three 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.
Jason Miller (Creative Arts, Community, Elder) E-mail Twitter
I love spending time with my wife Jaime and sons Bowman and Price. 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.
Chris Martin (Roots Youth, Dream Team) E-mail Twitter
Chris resides in Lowell, AR and joined the staff team here at The Grove in January 2013. God saved him in 1995, but it was not until the summer of 1999, that he understood his need to passionately pursue Christ. He received his B.A. in Religion and Religious Education from Wayland Baptist University, in Plainview TX. Over the past nine years, Chris has served in different youth ministries in both Texas and California before being led to Northwest Arkansas in November 2011. Chris is passionate about seeing people understand their calling to make disciples of all nations, regardless of their age. In his spare time you will find Chris grilling or barbecuing for people, participating in a variety of outdoor activities including kayaking or snowboarding, or you might just find him reading in a coffee shop.
Carol Essen (Financial Administrator) E-mail
I have lived in Fayetteville since college and have been attending The Grove since the early days. In 2010 I had the privilege of joining the staff and beginning the wild adventure that has been the last several years. I am married to Dan and together we have a passion for seeing college students connect with God and each other and grow to reach their potential while using our home as a welcoming environment. Often you will find me sharing a meal and conversation with someone at one of my favorite restaurants. In my free moments I enjoy reading good books, learning about leadership, getting outside and following Razorback sports. It’s pretty safe to say that Fall revolves around Sundays and the football schedule but the other seasons are nice too.
Leslie Post (Communications) E-mail
My wonderful husband Gregg and I love our newly married life and we’re excited about what God has in store for us. I’m a licensed counselor and spend part of my week working with children in schools, but I’ve been blessed to spend more of my week at the Grove. 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 season it is (luckily, I like to read)! I love to spend time with family and friends, watch movies, find new music, and cheer for the Razorbacks.
Connor Phillips (Interships) E-mail
I started going to The Grove pretty much when I got to the University of Arkansas in the Fall of 2010. I was planning on making video games for the rest of my life; however, through interning here in the summer of 2012, I realized that God was writing a different story in me, one that looked less like digital aliens and spacecraft and more like leadership and ministry. God took hold of me, I took hold of the vision, and I haven’t looked back since. I have a passion for meeting new people, building communities, and leveraging those relationships toward a God-given goal. At any particular moment you might find me listening to a new band, reading a sci-fi novel, playing video games, or not being boring. The nerdier you think I am, the prouder I become. I think coffee is overrated. I also love talking about myself, so this is great.
Ross Larwood (Finance) E-mail
I moved to Fayetteville from North Texas to become a Razorback in the fall of 2010. On my second Sunday in Fayetteville I found The Grove and immediately knew that this would be my church home for the remainder of my time in Northwest Arkansas. I attended regularly but it wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that God really gave me passion for service and the people of The Grove. I am a member of the Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity at the U of A and love to spend time in fellowship with other college men. I have a knack for picking up more hobbies than I can keep up with so in my free time if I’m not watching my Texas Rangers I’m probably rock climbing, golfing, hiking/camping, shooting, snow skiing, or looking for the next opportunity for adrenaline filled shenanigans.
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.