Meet our Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.


BAYLES, SCOTT; (Staff)86Scott Bayles, Senior Pastor

Scott has been serving the Grove since Easter 2010. With a soft spoken, conversational style, Scott delivers God’s Word in a relevant, meaningful way that makes it easy to apply Scripture to our lives. 

In their free time, Scott, his wife Ashley and their three rambunctious children love spending time together as a family, and sharing the gospel with their fellow geeks at comic-conventions all across the country.
James Lawson, Associate Pastor

     James has been serving at Blooming Grove since October of 2016. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Thea, since July of 2015, and together they oversee worship and Junior High and High School ministry. James has a passion for growth and discipleship that is evident through his writing, musicianship, ministry to people, and love for God.

     James has a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Management (2012) and his Master’s Degree from Lincoln Christian University in Spiritual Formation (2016). He recently published his first book, Roots: 45 Days of Devotional Thought in Ephesians for the Young Believer. James and Thea also recently welcomed their daughter, Karis into the world.

Kara Ribble, Children’s Pastor
As a mom of three, Kara’s has plenty of experience helping kids build lasting faith in Jesus Christ!
In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible,Kara oversees a children’s church service in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner suited to their age and learning styles. Full of energy and enthusiasm, Kara provides an endless stream of creativity–ranging from puppet shows, to games, to object lessons.