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

Thomas and his wife Paige grew up in Cleveland, TN and married in 1990. They are the proud parents of Elizabeth and Jacob. Thomas comes to Grove Level after having served as staff missionary in South Africa for a little over 7 years. Thomas has had several stops teaching and coaching in high schools throughout the South. He also served with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 7 years. He is a University of Tennessee and Southeastern Seminary graduate. Thomas enjoys time with his family, food, anything outdoors, sports, reading, teaching and theology.

Rev. Brandon Strange

Discipleship and Evangelism Pastor

Brandon was raised in Cartersville, GA. He attended Truett-McConnell College where he met his wife, Lauren. Following their wedding, they moved to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he completed a Master of Divinity. Before joining the staff at Grove Level, Brandon served as an Associate Pastor of Education and Students. Brandon and Lauren have three beautiful children and have a desire to see families growing closer to each other as they pursue Christ.

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.

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