Hello, I’m Tom and I am the Senior Pastor at The Grove Community Church. I actually started attending this church when I was 14 years old and started working here part-time in 1975, right after my graduation from the University of California at Riverside. At that time I also started coaching baseball at Riverside Community College. What I learned from coaching I now use to coach this fantastic church family we call The Grove.
In 1980, I took a full time position as the Youth and Children’s Pastor and went back to Hope International University where I finished my second Masters. I also completed my Doctorate in Ministry in 2012 from Trinity Theological Seminary and received an Honorary Doctorate from California Baptist University also in 2012. As the church began to grow in the 80’s I no longer oversaw the children but became the full-time Youth Pastor, and in 1987 the Executive Pastor. After serving as interim senior pastor in 1994, I was voted into the position of Senior Pastor in 1995 and have had the privilege of leading this great church for over 20 years. My wife Carol and I raised our two boys in this church and they married their sweethearts from this church as well. The Grove has brought and continues to bring us greatest joy.
We are currently in the midst of a five-year succession plan. In February of 2020, our Lead Pastor, Daniel Bishop, will be taking over my position. He is currently learning all the aspects of leading a large church and will be more than ready to move The Grove to even higher heights. God’s hand of blessing has been on The Grove since its inception in 1925, and I know He has even bigger and better plans to truly change lives and reach all people.