Paul and his wife, Sunia, moved to Portland in 2007 to plant a church near Portland State University. A graduate of North Central University in Minneapolis, Paul studied guitar and taught for several years. He’s been a worship pastor, a middle school gym teacher, and in the early years, a long-haired Jesus lovin’ skater. Paul received his MDiv from George Fox Theological Seminary and leads as the teaching pastor at The Groves. If a book is not in hand, an instrument certainly is, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a mini-concert and a piece of theological wisdom to consider for the rest of the day.
Sunia grew up in Minnesota and thinks she's Norwegian. She creates art and music, hangs with her family and friends, and is a documentary junkie. At The Groves Church, Sunia is the visionary who oversees the leadership team, speaks, leads worship and will eat every baked good that crosses her path. She and Paul have been married for 21 years and have three children.
Erik grew up riding his bike and playing basketball in the Sunnyside neighborhood in SE Portland. He has been playing guitar since he heard his first Nirvana song and wishes he could jam with Dave Matthews (at the Gorge amphitheater) just once. He is married to Jamie and they have four amazing kids. He’s been facilitating worship in various churches in the Portland area for 19+ years, and currently curates the worship experience at The Groves. He and his wife can be heard here. He loves conversations over coffee or micro-beverages, dislikes the band Nickelback, and can beat anyone at the game Carcassonne.
Jamie can bring calm to any intense situation. She is the mother of four yet manages to give endlessly to her friends and family. Jamie is a talented vocalist and has participated with the popular Gospel Christmas Concerts, non-profit fundraising benefits, and various worship events all over the Portland area. She currently serves with Erik facilitating worship, and is tasked with coordinating volunteers who serve at The Groves.
Jeff is a Portland native but truly experienced God’s heart for the downtown area since becoming part of The Groves. Currently serving as the Money Guy, Jeff brings his expertise in the area of finances. Jeff loves to travel. In fact, he relaxes by planning trips even if he’s not expecting to take that vacation anytime soon. He did his undergraduate work in Finance at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and his MBA at George Fox University.
Nancy is an emerging writer and communicator. She loves the strength and encouragement that words can bring and finds herself enamored with Jesus and His words of compassion and truth for others. Living proof of the transformational power of love, she embodies “beauty for ashes”. Nancy serves in practically every area of ministry and greets everyone with a hug and a smile.