Ridley Barron - SENIOR Pastor
Ridley is a husband, father, pastor, author, and communicator who has served in the local church for over 30 years. Born and raised in Georgia, he is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he received dual degrees in History and Christianity. After taking a year to teach high school history and coach varsity sports at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, he continued his education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Before starting Grove Hill Church in 2018, Ridley served several different roles in ministry in churches in Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee. He has served in the roles of Children’s’ Pastor, Activities Minister, Student Pastor, and Church Planter/Senior Pastor. Grove Hill is Ridley’s third church plant in the last 19 years.
Ridley and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 2007 and have four children (Morgan, Harrison, Abby, and Landon), one grandchild (Grey), and two dogs (Tuck and Remington). Ridley enjoys good food, great friends, time with his family, and anything connected to the University of Georgia. On Saturdays in the fall, you will hear him cheering for his beloved Dawgs! When he is not leading Grove Hill, you will usually find him hanging out with friends and family and enjoying something covered in chocolate—easily his greatest weakness.
Eric Van Patten - Associate Pastor
Originally from the foothills of California, Eric has served in the pastorate for over 25 years; most currently as the Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Auburn, CA; with an emphasis on preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. He is a graduate of California Baptist University and Golden Gate Theological Seminary. He has also spent time in the classroom and as a coach.
Eric Van Patten and his lovely wife, Lydia have 10 children in total. While 6 of them are grown and on their own or in college, Mikayla, Levi, Haddie, and Joe made the move to Tennessee with them!
Eric and his family love sports and the outdoors.
LOGAN PYRON - Student Pastor
Logan has been in ministry for almost a decade. Born in San Francisco, and raised in a small town nestled in between Memphis and Jackson, TN. He graduated from Haywood High School and went to Bethel University for his undergrad. During his undergrad, he started working in camp ministry in 2011. From camp ministry, he moved to education as a Secondary English teacher. During his time in the classroom, he was offered the opportunity to serve as a youth minister – beginning his ministerial journey. Logan has a Master’s Degree in Christian Studies from Union University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Apologetics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Logan is currently a bi-vocational minister, working as an editor and content creator for B&H Publishing Group, the publishing house for LifeWay Christian Resources.
Logan and his wife, Tiffany, have been married since June 6, 2015. Logan enjoys dates with his wife, hanging out with friends, exercising, writing, reading, watching movies, rock climbing, and training for obstacle course races. His biggest weaknesses are probably the fur child, Cooper, along with Chinese buffets and macadamia nut cookies. Because of his love of writing, his goal is to write a book in the near future. He would also be open to the opportunity of owning a vehicle with a manual transmission.
Melanie Hughes - Children's MINISTER
Melanie Hughes is the Children’s Minister at Grove Hill Church. Melanie is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and moved to Franklin, Tennessee when she was 12 years old. She has 4 children and has been married to her husband Brian for over 20 years. Melanie is passionate about sharing God’s great love with children and has spent more than 10 years working in children’s ministry
Melanie loves spending time with her family, traveling, dining out, shopping, and entertaining guests in her home. She always has a smile on her face and a contagious joyful spirit. Her desire is to serve the Lord in all that she does.
Barbara Powers - Ministry Assistant
Barbara was drawn into ministry after her Missions experience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to her position here at Grove Hill, she worked with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and Midwestern Theological Seminary in Kansas City, accumulating over 15 years of professionally serving alongside churches and pastors. She, and her husband Jacky, have served as volunteers in youth, missions, and disaster relief.
Born and raised in Alabama, Barbara is a die-hard Roll Tide Fan! She’s been married to Jacky for over 36 years and is a mom, and Granny BB to the sweetest little girl ever. She loves her church, her family, and the company of good friends!
Barbara is passionate about sharing God’s love in tangible ways. She loves to meet new faces and get to know them. She serves in our prayer ministry and is a great encourager. One of her favorite verses is Philippians 4:14; “Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.” Barbara’s desire is that everyone finds a church home where they truly feel like “family,” and believes you will find exactly that at Grove Hill Church!
Brooke Scott - Worship Leader
Brooke Scott is a worship leader, a wife and a mother of four who’s love for Jesus overflows in worship through song.
A Florida native, she grew up singing and serving on the worship team. She spent most of her summers playing guitar for Christian youth camps.
As her love for music grew and opportunities presented themselves, Brooke stepped into the roll of worship leader at her church. Her desire to worship God through music has been a lifelong journey which started as a 5 year old, leading special music in church.
Brooke’s passion is not only to glorify God with the gifts He has given her, but to teach others that we exist to worship God and that worship is a lifestyle.