Our Leadership

Dr. Charlie G. Bridges

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…

Rev. Allen Green

Born to a musical family in Jacksonville FL, Allen grew up with a love for singing, playing trumpet, and water sports, favorite of all surfing. However, he would leave the beach behind after meeting his beautiful wife April in the quaint little town of Flintstone, Ga. They married in 1998 and today enjoy raising their…

Dr. Edmond Long

Edmond grew up in the Bainbridge, GA area. He is married to Pat and they have three children and eight grandchildren. Pat teaches Spanish at Ringgold High School. Edmond earned his undergraduate degree at Valdosta State University and has graduate and post-graduate degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Edmond and Pat enjoy hiking, kayaking…

Teresa Thomas

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…

Rev. Matt Lowe

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:…

Staci Thomas

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…

Rev. Mike Gahan

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…

Deanne Jones

Deanne has served as Children’s Preschool II Director at Grove Level since 2005 and has worked with children at Grovel Level since 1995.  She is the mom of Matt and Stephanie (married to Andrew Thomas).  She desires for children be excited to come church where they can experience the love of God.