OUR Leadership

Dr. Charlie Bridges

Senior Pastor

Charlie was born and raised outside of Dawson, Georgia, on a farm. His wife, Lynn is a big city girl from Jacksonville, Florida. They met and fell in love while attending Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. They married in December 1985. Their son, Justin was born in Louisville, Kentucky after Charlie completed his degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Their daughter, Kalyn was born three years (to the day) later in Albany, Georgia. Charlie and Lynn enjoy time together and with their family, and have been at Grove Level since January 2001. They love the Lord and are thankful for their church family at Grove Level.

Rev. Thomas Queen

Executive Pastor for Administration and Missions

Rev. Matt Lowe

Associate Pastor for Student Ministry

Matt has been on staff at Grove Level since May 2011. He has a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys movies, sports, comics, and spending time with his family. Matt and his wife, Susy have been married since 2003 and have three children: Kaylah who is 20, Lily who is 13, and Bruce who is 11. Matt’s passion is to see students surrender their lives to Christ, grow in their faith, and faithfully serve God’s Kingdom.

Rev. Brandon Strange

Discipleship and Evangelism Pastor

Teresa Thomas

Director of Children’s Ministries

Teresa has served as Children’s Director at Grove Level since 1999. God called her from teaching school in the local elementary school after 16 years to church ministry. She is married to Terry Thomas and mother to Andrew (married to Stephanie) and Ryan (married to Staci) Thomas. Teresa is a graduate of West Georgia College and has been a member at Grove Level her entire life. Her passion is for Grove Level to be a place where children know God, love His Word, and serve His church.

Staci Thomas

Children’s Ministry Associate

Staci’s family moved to Dalton when she was two years old and she grew up attending Grove Level. She graduated from Lee University with a degree in Elementary Education and earned her Master’s In Teaching from Piedmont College. Before officially joining the Grove Level Children’s Ministry team, Staci taught in Whitfield County Schools for four years. She married Ryan Thomas in 2012 and they have two chocolate labs, Hank and Ellie. Staci and Ryan have always had a heart for children’s ministry and are excited about this opportunity.

Rev. Mike Gahan

Minister to the Deaf

Mike was born in Long Beach, California and raised in Melville, New York.  He graduated from Rochester Institutes of Technology.  He attended two seminaries: Tri-State School Theology in Ridgecrest, North Carolina and Luther Rice in Lithonia, Georgia.  He has served GLBC since November 2002.  He also works as a full-time human resources assistant with Federal Aviation Administration. He and his wife Laurel have been married since 1983, and have 4 adult children, and 6 grandchildren. (John 3:16-17)

Gaye Coker

Preschool I Director

Gaye is a retired school teacher who loves knowing your children are well cared for as you worship our Lord and Savior.

Meredith Castleman

Preschool II Director

Meredith grew up at Grove Level with her family and is happy to be back here with a family of her own now! Graduating Lee University in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood Education, she taught Pre-K in the public school system for four years and second grade for one.  She and her husband Caleb married in 2014 and now live in Ringgold with their daughter Annie. Meredith loves teaching little ones about God’s love for them and helping encourage the foundation of their relationship with the Lord.

Scott Bates

Media/Technology Director

Scott, a Dalton native, graduated from Covenant college in 2002 with a degree in Business Management and Computer Programming. He and his wife, Tricia, married in 2000 and have 3 children:  Brittany, Savannah,  and Will.  Scott has served in ministry for over 20 years using his knowledge of technology to serve local churches.

Lynn Walker

Music and Membership Secretary

Tonya Ault

Senior Pastor’s Administrative Assistant

Anna Weeks

Financial Administrative Assistant

Martie Johnston

Student Ministry Assistant

Jake Brooker


Monica Poe

Kingdom Kids Director